Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland Coláiste Ríoga na Máinleá in Éirinn

Clinical Microbiology

The Department of Clinical Microbiology, established in 1965, is located in the RCSI Education and Research Centre, Smurfit Building on the Beaumont Hospital campus.

This location facilitates integration and liaison between the hospital, including the diagnostic laboratory, and the RCSI Department. The Department has links with the National Reference Laboratories at St James’s and The Children’s University Hospital and contributes to their services.

The major research interests of the department are healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) particularly those that are difficult to treat due to antibiotic resistance. These include infections caused by pathogens such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile and multi-drug resistant Gram-negative bacilli. We investigate challenging infections involving bacterial biofilms such as device related infections and infections in the setting of cystic fibrosis. We are active in the area of infection surveillance, prevention and control, including epidemiological investigations, novel decontamination methods and new approaches to the treatment of bacterial infections.The Department contributes to the undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in Medicine in Dublin, Bahrain and Perdana, as well as courses delivered by the Schools of Physiotherapy and Pharmacy in RCSI. The Department has developed and used an online teaching resource to inform undergraduate medical students on the use of antibiotics and has evaluated the use of 'clickers' to facilitate interactive sessions.

Departmental staff participate in a variety of public engagement and media events to highlight the importance of healthcare-associated infection (HCAI) and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) prevention. Informed by our research and clinical activities, we contribute significantly to healthcare policy, national guidelines and national clinical programmes through membership of national and international committees.

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