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Title: Dr
First Name: Noelle
Surname: O’Driscoll
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262538
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Dr O’Driscoll is a lecturer at the School of Pharmacy and Life Sciences.

Her key research interests are novel antimicrobials, veterinary pharmacy, contact lenses, aseptic suites, antibiotic resistance and water treatment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Module Co-Ordinator PH3131 Medicinal Analysis and Aseptic Control
  • Lecturer in Pharmaceutical Microbiology PH2134.

Academic Background

Dr  O’Driscoll joined the University in January 2010

Research Interests

Key research interests include:

  • Novel antimicrobials – due to the paucity of new antibiotics being introduced to the market it has become necessary for the development of novel delivery/formulation methods for existing antibacterial agents as well as the re-assessment of previously rejected  agents for therapeutic treatment such as antimicrobial peptides
  • Veterinary Pharmacy – assessing the interaction of pharmacists with veterinary pharmacy through prescribing, sale, supply and dispensing of veterinary medicines
  • Contact Lenses – assessment of the hygiene protocols of contact lens users, investigation of the microbial contamination of used contact lenses, “in-use” contact lens solutions and contact lens cases where applicable.
  • Aseptic Suites – assessment and control of microbial contamination of CleanRooms, operators and products produced within these areas.
  • Antibiotic resistance – assessment of the public understanding of what the terms antibiotic resistance, multi-drug resistant bacteria and therapeutic agents of last resort mean and how mass education can reduce antibiotic resistance. 
  • Water treatment – water treatment plants have very poor if any ability to remove medicines from waste water. The presence of several antibacterial agents has been confirmed in freshwater such as rivers and lakes contributing to the ever increasing levels of resistance to antibiotics and biocides.   

Key research interests include:

·         Novel antimicrobials – due to the paucity of new antibiotics being introduced to the market it has become necessary for the development of novel delivery/formulation methods for existing antibacterial agents as well as the re-assessment of previously rejected  agents for therapeutic treatment such as antimicrobial peptides

·         Veterinary Pharmacy – assessing the interaction of pharmacists with veterinary pharmacy through prescribing, sale, supply and dispensing of veterinary medicines

·         Contact Lenses – assessment of the hygiene protocols of contact lens users, investigation of the microbial contamination of used contact lenses, “in-use” contact lens solutions and contact lens cases where applicable.

·         Aseptic Suites – assessment and control of microbial contamination of CleanRooms, operators and products produced within these areas.

·         Antibiotic resistance – assessment of the public understanding of what the terms antibiotic resistance, multi-drug resistant bacteria and therapeutic agents of last resort mean and how mass education can reduce antibiotic resistance. 

·         Water treatment – water treatment plants have very poor if any ability to remove medicines from waste water. The presence of several antibacterial agents has been confirmed in freshwater such as rivers and lakes contributing to the ever increasing levels of resistance to antibiotics and biocides.   

Current Research

Current research focuses on

  • antimicrobial agents,
  • antibacterial resistance,
  • veterinary pharmacy,
  • contact lenses and
  • clean room contamination.

 

Current research interests focus on the investigation of contamination of Clean Room environments, the practice of veterinary pharmacy and current antibacterial agents and associated technologies. As the utility of the existing suite of antibiotics continues to decline, her work aims to provide an understanding of processes that may contribute towards survival of the bacterium through development of resistance. Information obtained will therefore assist development of the next generation of novel anti-infective agents. Her specific interests include:

  • Bacterial Contamination within Clean Room Environments
  • Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Contact Lens Use
  • Investigation of antibacterial activity of cationic antimicrobial
    agents
  • Development of novel antimicrobial wound
    dressings
  • Potential MSc and PhD Projects

See Dr O’Driscoll’s Additional information page for more details regarding her research interests.

Current research interests focus on the investigation of contamination of Clean Room environments, the practice of veterinary pharmacy and current antibacterial agents and associated technologies. As the utility of the existing suite of antibiotics continues to decline, her work aims to provide an understanding of processes that may contribute towards survival of the bacterium through development of resistance. Information obtained will therefore assist development of the next generation of novel anti-infective agents. Her specific interests include:

  • Bacterial Contamination within Clean Room Environments
  • Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Contact Lens Use
  • Investigation of antibacterial activity of cationic antimicrobial
    agents
  • Development of novel antimicrobial wound
    dressings
  • Potential MSc and PhD Projects

See Dr O’Driscoll’s Additional information page for more details regarding her research interests.

Current research interests focus on the investigation of contamination of Clean Room environments, the practice of veterinary pharmacy and current antibacterial agents and associated technologies. As the utility of the existing suite of antibiotics continues to decline, her work aims to provide an understanding of processes that may contribute towards survival of the bacterium through development of resistance. Information obtained will therefore assist development of the next generation of novel anti-infective agents. Her specific interests include:

  • Bacterial Contamination within Clean Room Environments
  • Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Contact Lens Use
  • Investigation of antibacterial activity of cationic antimicrobial
    agents
  • Development of novel antimicrobial wound
    dressings
  • Potential MSc and PhD Projects

See Dr O’Driscoll’s Additional information page for more details regarding her

research interests.

Current research interests focus on the investigation of contamination of Clean Room environments, the practice of veterinary pharmacy and current antibacterial agents and associated technologies. As the utility of the existing suite of antibiotics continues to decline, her work aims to provide an understanding of processes that may contribute towards survival of the bacterium through development of resistance. Information obtained will therefore assist development of the next generation of novel anti-infective agents. Her specific interests include:

  • Bacterial Contamination within Clean Room Environments
  • Veterinary Pharmacy
  • Contact Lens Use
  • Investigation of antibacterial activity of cationic antimicrobial
    agents
  • Development of novel antimicrobial wound
    dressings
  • Potential MSc and PhD Projects

See Dr O’Driscoll’s Additional information page for more details regarding her research interests.

 

Professional Memberships

  • Member of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain (RPSGB)
  • Member of the General Pharmaceutical Council  

Publications

Full paper, peer reviewed output items published since 2013 include:

  1. Evaluation of the practice of Veterinary Pharmacy. O’Driscoll, N.H., Labovitiadi, O., and Lamb, A.J. Currents in Pharmacy Teaching and Learning 2015. Vol. 7 (5), pp. 606-613.doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cptl.2015.06.017, 2015-09
  2. Veterinary Pharmacy within the United Kingdom: Review of current practice and education. O’Driscoll, N.H., Juwah, C., Labovitiadi, O. and Lamb, A.J. Pharmacy Education 2014; 14 (1) pp. 26-30.
  3. Veterinary Pharmacy: coverage in the undergraduate pharmacy curriculum and perspectives of practising pharmacists. O’Driscoll, N.H., Labovitiadi, O. and Lamb, A.J. Pharmacy Education 2014; 14 (1) pp. 86-92.
  4. Potassium loss from chlorhexidine-treated bacterial pathogens is time- and concentration-dependent and variable between species. O’Driscoll, N., Labovitiadi, O., Cushnie, TT., Matthews, KH. and Lamb, AJ. Current Microbiology 2015. 68 (1) pp 6-11. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00284-013-0433-3
  5. Rheological properties of gamma-irradiated antimicrobial wafers and in vitro efficacy against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Labovitiadi, O., O’Driscoll, N.H., Lamb, A.J., and Matthews, K.H. International Journal of Pharmaceutics 2013 Sep 10; 453 (2):462-72. doi:10.1016/j.ijpharm.2013.06.005.
  6. Production and Evaluation of an Antimicrobial Peptide-Containing Wafer Formulation for Topical Application. O’Driscoll, N.H., Labovitiadi, O., Cushnie, T.T., Matthews, K.H., and Lamb, A.J. Current Microbiology 2013. 66:pp. 271-278. doi:10.1007/s00284-012-0268-3