Frederick R. Falkiner, B.A., Ph.D., F.T.C.D.

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Trinity College, Dublin.

Microbiology Laboratory,

Department of Laboratory Medicine,

Adelaide and Meath Hospital 

(incorporating the National Children's Hospital)

Tallaght, Dublin 24,Ireland.

Tel: +353 1 608 3791; Fax: +353 1 414 3975

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            Dr Frederick Falkiner obtained a B.A. (Moderatorship) at Trinity College in 1970 and after returning from a two year spell in India joined the Department of Clinical Microbiology in the Adelaide Hospital in Dublin.  Here he became involved in the whole area of infection control.  He obtained his Ph.D. on the epidemiology of Pseudomonas aeruginosa. He was appointed Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology at Trinity College, Dublin and Honorary Assistant Infection Control Officer for the Federated Dublin Voluntary Hospitals. He later moved to St James's Hospital, also in Dublin.  During this time he was a collaborator in a number of research initiatives in differing areas of nosocomial infection and completed extensive studies on urinary catheterisation.  He was a Committee member of the Central Sterilising Club of the UK and a Council Member and then Honorary Secretary of the Hospital Infection Society (UK).  He was elected Fellow of Trinity College Dublin in 1998.  That year he moved to the new Hospital at Tallaght, where he remains fully involved in infection control.

             Aside from an extensive list of publications Dr Falkiner has been an Associate Editor for the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy and remains Associate Editor and Correspondence Editor for the Journal of Medical Microbiology.  In addition to antimicrobials and their usage and nosocomial infection and its control (especially in the area of Gram-negative bacilli), research interests include collaboration with Plant Scientists at University College, Cork in the management of contamination in plant tissue culture and the contamination of organic plants with human pathogens.