Summary: Current research interests are focused on antibiotic use in surgical patients including antibiotic prophylaxis, appendicitis and diverticulitis.
Location: Microbiology, Old Medical School, Leeds General Infirmary
Teaching Commitments: Undergraduate Microbiology Teaching, PhD Supervisor
Dr Kirby is a Consultant Microbiologist and Lead Microbiologist within Gastrointestinal Surgery at Leeds Teaching Hospitals (LTHT), Associate Clinical Professor of Medical Microbiology at the University of Leeds (Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine). Clinical and academic training was completed while a Clinical Lecturer at The University of Liverpool.
Dr Kirby has completed an MSc in Medical and Molecular Microbiology at the University of Manchester, and an MD into the diagnosis of Norovirus infection at the University of Liverpool.
Dr Kirbys research current projects include the following:
· Colo-Pro Pilot: A pilot randomised controlled single blind trial to compare standard single dose antibiotic prophylaxis to antibiotic prophylaxis administered as a continuous infusion for the prevention of surgical wound infections in adults undergoing colorectal surgery (NCT02445859).
· An evaluation of a new (Spectral Platforms Inc.) assay in the rapid detection of bloodstream infections.
· Home Guard: Antibiotic consumption and Klebsiella colonisation in hospitalised patients.
· A European multicentre laboratory trial evaluating the performance characteristics of the bioNexia, RotoAdeno and BioNexia Noro/RotaAdeno rapid tests.