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Research Interests

Ecology of Legionella species in compost environments - Legionnaires’ disease is a severe pneumonia caused by Legionella, usually Legionella pneumophila associated with contaminated aerosols from water systems, e.g. air conditioning, water cooling towers. However, in recent years several cases of Legionnaires’ disease in Scotland, caused by Legionella longbeachae have been linked to compost; most recently 4 cases occurring in Lothian have been reported in the media. The ecology of these organisms within compost is largely unknown. Studies have included work on: the presence of Legionella species in compost commercially available in the UK; the effect of greenhouse storage on Legionella survival in compost; the influence of free-living amoeba, particularly Acanthamoeba species, on Legionella ecology. See See Legionella spp. in UK composts – a potential public health issue

 

Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative – Funding through the Scottish Government International Development fund (2013-2016) is enabling the implementation of a Healthy Settings Programme in the Chikwawa district of Malawi. Healthy Settings aims to achieve healthy communities by not only addressing access to curative health services, but concentrating on the environmental, sociological and economic determinants for health in the home, school and work environments using a community led approach. The programme will be implemented in a cluster of 18 communities, 6 schools, 5 markets and a health centre in Chikhwawa to support the District Health Office to reduce risks to health in vulnerable communities. Community development through Healthy Settings has to come from the community itself and therefore the approach focuses on supporting and facilitating a community profiling process and the development of action plans by community members to give local solutions to health issues. In doing so we hope to ensure sustained change and improvement. For further information see an Overview of the Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative 2013 - 2016

Ocular infection - specifically keratitis caused by the free-living protozoa Acanthamoeba, and the association with contact lenses; much of this work has focused on newer generation silicone hydrogel lenses. Studies have included work on: The effect lens material has on Acanthamoebal attachement to contact lenses; the efficacy of contact lens disinfection solutions against Acanthamoeba; Potential new drugs for the treatment of ocular infection with Acanthamoeba; isolation and molecular typing of clinical and environmental isolates of Acanthamoeba.

 

Current Research Students

  • Sandra Currie (primary supervisor) – Ecology of Legionella species in compost
  • Sarah Rippon (secondary supervisor) - Measuring the Impact of Health Settings Approach in Malawi
  • Neil Pratt (secondary supervisor) – Automated HACCP systems in small scale environments
  • Ansley Kasambara (secondary supervisor) - Maternal Health Data Consitency and Management: A Longitudinal Study in Chikhwawa District
  • Becky Laidlaw (second supervisor) - use of mHealth in health promotion programmes

 

Teaching Interests

Contributes to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching programmes:

  • CL446 Water and Environmental Management
  • CL413 Solid Waste Management
  • CL904 Waste Management and Landfill Design
  • CL913 Public Health Studies
  • EV921 Water and Environmental Management

Expertise & Capabilities

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Strathclyde

Bachelor of Science, University of Glasgow

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Environmental health practitioners: a key cadre in the control of COVID-19 in sub-Saharan Africa

Morse, T., Chidziwisano, K., Musoke, D., Beattie, T. K. & Mudaly, S., 20 Jul 2020, In : BMJ Global Health. 5, 3 p., e003314.

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  • Rapid selection of antimicrobial resistant bacteria in complex water systems by chlorine and pipe materials

    Khan, S., Beattie, T. K. & Knapp, C. W., 30 Sep 2019, In : Environmental Chemistry Letters. 17, 3, p. 1367-1373 7 p.

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  • 3 Citations (Scopus)
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    Thesis

    Health data consistency and management : case study of maternal health data in Malawi

    Author: Kasambara, A. S., 20 Sep 2017

    Supervisor: Beattie, T. (Supervisor) & Morse, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Master's Thesis

    The design, development and evaluation of an SMS contraceptive behaviour change intervention - a case study in Chikwawa, Malawi

    Author: Laidlaw, R., 19 Aug 2018

    Supervisor: Beattie, T. (Supervisor) & Morse, T. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis

    Activities

    • 3 Membership of committee
    • 2 Examination
    • 2 Types of Public engagement and outreach - Media article or participation
    • 1 Organiser of special symposia

    External Examiner for 2 MSc programmes at University of Salford

    Tara Beattie (Examiner)
    1 Oct 201930 Sep 2030

    Activity: Examination typesExamination

    Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (External organisation)

    Tara Beattie (Member)
    2014 → …

    Activity: Membership typesMembership of committee