IPS Autumn Webinar Series 2020 Speakers

Our Speakers 

We were delighted to bring you this IPS Autumn webinar series in lieu of our annual conference which was sadly cancelled because of the COVID-19 restrictions. IPS has a track record of attracting the best speakers and this year is no exception, with a wonderful range of speakers from all around the world, covering everything from climate change to Covid. During the sessions viewers had the opportunity to engage with the speakers through a live question and answer session hosted by our session moderators.

Monday 12th October, 

Future Proofing

Moderator: Jennie Wilson, IPS Vice President

Kindly supported by: GAMA Healthcare & Mauser UK (Daniels Health)

Name: Martin Kiernan
Title: Visiting Clinical Fellow, Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London
Presentation: The impact of climate change on healthcare-associated infections

Martin Kiernan has worked in infection prevention and control for 28 years in a variety of settings. He is a Visiting Clinical Fellow at the Richard Wells Research Centre at the University of West London and Clinical Director of GAMA Healthcare, where he is responsible for clinical research and education. Prior to this he was Nurse Consultant and Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control at Southport and Ormskirk NHS Trust in the North-West of England. In 2020 he worked as an Infection Prevention specialist at the London Nightingale Hospital at the request of NHS England.

Martin was a member of the Department of Health (England) advisory committee on antimicrobial resistance, prescribing and healthcare-associated infection for ten years, is a past president of the Infection Prevention Society and led the scientific committee for the Healthcare Infection Society international conferences in 2014, 2016 and 2018.

His research interests centre on environmental hygiene, healthcare-associated pneumonia and urinary catheter-associated infections. He has presented at many international conferences, has published over 50 papers and articles in peer-reviewed journals.

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Name: Dr Enrique Castro Sanchez
Title: Lecturer, City, University of London
Presentation: Involvement of nurses in antimicrobial stewardship: an essential component towards the COVID-19 response (and more!)

Enrique Castro-Sánchez combines positions of Lecturer in Adult Nursing (City, University of London), Honorary Consultant Nurse in Communication and Patient Engagement (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust), 70@70 Senior Nurse Research Leader (NIHR Academy), and Honorary Lecturer at the Health Protection Research Unit in Healthcare-Associated Infection and Antimicrobial Resistance (Imperial College London).

Enrique research interests include health literacy in infectious diseases and healthcare-associated infections; health inequalities on infectious diseases; policy influence on management of infectious diseases; and novel infection prevention and antimicrobial stewardship education and training tools for clinicians and citizens.

He was awarded a PhD cum laude in Nursing at the University of Alicante (Spain) in 2015, and has an MSc in Public Health by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical. His clinical experience includes tropical and infectious diseases, tuberculosis, HIV and sexually transmitted infections. He has consulted to the WHO developing leadership materials linked to the Core Components in Infection Prevention and Control.

Enrique is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Scholar, associate editor of BMC Public Health, PLOS ONE and JAC-AMR journals, a Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science, and was designated as Emerging Leader in International Infectious Diseases in 2016 by the International Society for Infectious Diseases.

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Tuesday 13th October, 


Moderator: Professor Heather Loveday, Director of research and professor of Evidence-Based Healthcare at the University of West London

Kindly supported by: GAMA Healthcare, Gojo & Cepheid

Name: Dr Mark Garvey
Title: Consultant Clinical Scientist and Deputy DIPC
Presentation: The impact of climate change on healthcare-associated infections

Mark Garvey is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in Microbiology and the Deputy Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the Infection Prevention and Control Service at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust. Mark is also the Director of the Hospital Infection Research Laboratory that investigates hospital infection and provides practical. Mark’s interests include water microbiology focusing on Pseudomonas aeruginosa and novel Infection Prevention and Control practice.

Social Media: @drmarkgarvey

Name: Professor Catherine Noakes
Title: Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings, University of Leeds
Presentation: The Physics of Droplet and Aerosol Transmission

Cath Noakes is a Professor of Environmental Engineering for Buildings in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds. She is a chartered mechanical engineer with a background in fluid dynamics, and expertise in ventilation and indoor air quality.

Her research group conduct experimental and modelling based studies, with a strong focus understanding the influence of the environment on the transmission of disease through air and surface contact routes, and evaluating the effectiveness of engineering control approaches. She has been an investigator on projects funded by UK research councils (EPSRC,MRC, AHRC), Department of Health and US CDC which have supported 11 postdoctoral researchers/KTP associates and 14 PhD students, and have allowed her to work with researchers across a wide range of disciplines.

Cath has over 100 peer reviewed journal and conference papers and has supported the development of guidance for CIBSE, the NHS and UK government. Cath is Deputy Director of Leeds Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Co-director of the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Fluid Dynamics. She is also currently chair of the UK government SAGE Committee Environment and Modelling sub-group as part of the UK COVID response.

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Wednesday 14th October, 


Moderator: Martin Kiernan, Visiting Clinical Fellow, Richard Wells Research Centre, University of West London

Kindly supported by: GAMA Healthcare, Essity (Tork) & EcoLab

Name: Jon Otter PhD
Title: Honorary Senior Lecturer in HCAI and AMR, Imperial College, London
Presentation: This house believes that hand hygiene audits should be routinely performed in hospitals - FOR

Jon Otter is an epidemiologist focused on Infection Prevention and Control at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in London, and an Honorary Senior Lecturer in the National Institute for Health Research Health Protection Research Unit (NIHR HPRU) in Healthcare Associated Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance at Imperial College London.

Research interests include the epidemiology of MRSA, C. difficile and multidrug-resistant Gram-negatives (especially CPE), antibiotic and antiseptic resistance, the role of contaminated surfaces in transmission, and molecular typing methods including some recent dabbling in whole genome sequencing.

Jon has been involved in several quality improvement projects, including an attempt to improve hand hygiene practice and runs a blog on healthcare epidemiology and microbiology with Martin Kiernan, Marc Bonten, and Andreas Voss called ‘Reflections on Infection Prevention and Control’ and urges you ‘Check it out!’

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Name: Dr Evonne Curran NursD
Title: Independent Nurse Consultant Infection Control
Presentation: This house believes that hand hygiene audits should be routinely performed in hospitals - AGAINST

Dr Evonne T Curran began her infection control career in late 1987 and from 2006 until September 2015 she led the outbreak programme of work at Health Protection Scotland. She is now an independent nurse consultant for infection prevention and control. Key infection prevention interests include: outbreaks, quality improvement and safe IV therapy. She has nearly 80 publications and has led 3 multi-centre research projects on reducing phlebitis, identifying norovirus index cases and, reducing MRSA using statistical process control charts. Evonne’s doctorate focused on the safety issues associated with IV practice. She is a past co-ordinator of the Research and Development Group for the Infection Prevention Society and wrote the Outbreak Column in the Journal of Infection Prevention.

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Thursday 15th October

Global Reflections

Moderator: Pat Cattini, IPS President

Kindly supported by: GAMA Healthcare & Essity (Tork)

Name: Philip Russo
Title: Associate Professor, Nursing and Midwifery, Monash University
Presentation: International reflections of the global pandemic – Australia

Philip Russo is the President of the Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control. He is Deputy Chair of the Infection Control Expert Group to the Australian Department of Health, a member of the COVID Evidence Taskforce Steering Committee, the Australian Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on AMR, the Healthcare Associated Infection Advisory Committee to the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, and a member of the Australian College of Nursing.

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Name: Madeleine Ashcroft RN BScN MHS CIC FAPIC
Title: Director of Standards and Guidelines IPAC Canada/Regional IPAC Specialist
Presentation: International reflections of the global pandemic – Canada

Madeleine Ashcroft RN BScN MHS CIC FAPIC, has been nurse in her home country of Canada for more than 40 years after initially training at the Nightingale School, London, England. She has worked in many specialty areas, including critical care, operating rooms, midwifery, renal, intravenous therapy, community care, and as a college educator, before getting into infection prevention and control (IPAC) a few years before SARS hit Toronto.

Madeleine has worked in IPAC in acute, chronic, and rehab hospitals, long-term care, and regional networks, as well as with the WHO (Ebola relief). She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Toronto and a Masters in Health Studies from Athabasca University and is current Director of Standards and Guidelines on the IPAC Canada Board and a Regional IPAC Specialist at Public Health Ontario.

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Name: Professor Folasade Ogunsola
Title: Consultant Clinical Microbiologist and Chair of the Infection Control Africa Network
Presentation: International reflections of the global pandemic – Africa

Sade Ogunsola is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the College of Medicine University of Lagos, Nigeria.. Her research interest and work has been centered around the diagnosis and prevention of infectious diseases as well as antibiotic resistance. She has been involved in Infection Control for over 20 years and contributed significantly in raising awareness of infection Control in Nigeria. She was a founding member of the Nigerian Society for Infection Control in 1998 and has assisted in setting up infection control programs in institutions in the country. She was the Chair of the Infection Control Committee and of the Antibiotic policy committee of the Lagos University Teaching Hospital.. She is interested in the applications of Infection Control principles to the prevention of disease transmission and antimicrobial resistance in under resourced communities. She currently serves on the Lagos State Government think tank for COVID-19 and is on the Africa CDC taskforce for COVID-19 Technical working group for IPC. She is a member of the Global Infection Prevention and control Network, board member of the Nigerian Society of Infection Control and Chair of the Infection Control African Network.

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Name: Steven A. Pergam, MD, MPH
Title: Associate Professor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Presentation: International reflections of the global pandemic – USA

Dr Steven Pergam is an Associate Member in the Clinical Research and Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Division of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Associate Professor in the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases at the University of Washington; and the Director of Infection Prevention at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, in Seattle, WA. His current research interests focuses on the epidemiology of major transplant pathogens and on the development of novel prevention strategies for community and healthcare-associated infections in cancer and hematopoietic cell transplant patients.

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Friday 16th October, 4-6pm BST


Moderator: Pat Cattini, IPS President

Kindly supported by: GAMA Healthcare & Mauser UK (Daniels Health)  

Name: Professor John Wright
Title: Director of Bradford Institute for Health Research
Presentation: The role of research during the COVID19 pandemic: lessons from the NHS frontline

John Wright is a doctor and epidemiologist with a background in hospital medicine and public health in the UK and in Africa. He established and leads the Bradford Institute for Health Research and Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research, working to speed up translation of medical research into practice and policy. He is the Director of Research for the City of Bradford and Director of the NIHR Yorkshire and Humber Applied Research Collaboration. He is Visiting Professor in Clinical Epidemiology at the Universities of York, Leeds and Bradford and has authored over 300 papers and three textbooks and been awarded over £150 million in research award funding, £40 million as chief investigator.

In 2007 he set up the Born in Bradford (BiB) cohort study which is following the lives of over 13,000 families as their children grow up. Evidence from BiB studies has informed local, national international policies and led to improvements in clinical practice and public health. In 2016 he set up Born in Bradford’s Better Start cohort to test new approaches to providing the best support in the crucial period of early life. In 2019 he established ActEarly to develop a whole systems City Collaboratory approach to improving the health and life chances of children from deprived communities in London and Yorkshire.

He has worked to develop sustainable public health programmes in Africa for 30 years including setting up and running an Ebola Treatment Centre for Doctors of the World in Sierra Leone during the Ebola epidemic. He was the research and scientific lead for Clinical and District Gold command during the COVID19 pandemic and set up the COVID19 Scientific Advisory group (CSAG). He has reported for the BBC on programmes covering Born in Bradford, Ebola and most recently The NHS Frontline podcast.

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Name: Jason Tetro
Title: Host of the Super Awesome Science Show
Presentation: From bedside to bus stop: The future of infection prevention in an epidemic world

Jason Tetro has been involved in health-related microbiology and immunology for the last 30 years. He has worked in various fields including bloodborne, food and water pathogens; environmental microbiology; disinfection and antisepsis; and emerging pathogens such as Zika virus. In the public, he is better known as The Germ Guy. He has written two books, The Germ Code, shortlisted as Science Book of The Year in 2014, and The Germ Files, which spent several weeks on the national bestseller list. He also co-edited, The Human Microbiome Handbook, which provides an academic perspective on the impact of microbes in human health. Jason is currently the host of the Super Awesome Science Show, which explores how science fits into our everyday lives and has won two Canadian Podcast Awards. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

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