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Tony Worthington

 Reader Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease
Biography

Patents:

2014. Worthington Y. Wheeldon LJ. Germination patent (Application pending) http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?CC=WO&NR=2011101661A1&KC=A 1&FT=D
 
2013. Worthington T. Karpanen T. Eucalyptus oil / chlorhexidine patent European Patent Application No. 087883963  EU/China. Fully Granted
 
2006. Parker, K.J., Rathbone, D.L., Lambert, P.A., Coleman, M.D., Hilton, A.C., Worthington, A., Billington, D.C., Anti-bacterial Compounds
 
Research Funding:
2005-2008 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000; 
studies on ehnanced skin antisepsis
 
2007 -2010 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000; 
Formulation engineering stategies to enhance skin antisepsis and delivery of chlorhexidine
 
2008-2011 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000; 
Germination formulatiion and the development of a smart polymer-based surface for elimination of C. difficile spores
 
2009 -2012 KTP award (Department of Health/Insight Health Ltd): £164,000; 
Development of a germination solution for elimination of C. difficile spores
 
2010-2013 EPSRC CASE award (in collaboration with Insight Health Ltd): £100,000; 
Development of a dual-action germinant-biocide for the elimination of C. diffficle 
and microorganisms commonly associated with healthcare associated infections
 
2013-2016 ARCHA PhD Studentship (50% Industrial funding; Insight Health Ltd, UK): £75,000; Antimicrobial Bioglass
 
2014-2017: Full-industrially funded PhD (Insight Health Ltd): £60,000. Antimicrobial efficacy of octenidine.
 
2014: Students into Work Grant: The Society for Applied Microbiology, £2,500. This will support investigations into the association between Propionibacterium acnes and chronic lower back pain.
 
Career History:
2014-present: Reader in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Aston University
2008-2014: Senior Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Aston University
2004-2008: Lecturer in Clinical Microbiology, Aston University
2000 PhD (Medical Microbiology), Aston University
1999-2004 Senior Clinical Research Scientist. Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust 1991-1999 Senior Biomedical Scientist. Clinical Microbiology and Infection Control, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Trust
1990 Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences (FIBMS), (specialising in Medical Microbiology)
1988: George Randall Memorial Award (Medical Microbiology)
1985-1991 Biomedical Scientist Microbiology, PHLS, Heartlands Hospital, Birmingham  
Research Interest
  • Clinical Microbiology and Healthcare Associated Infection (diagnosis, treatment and prevention of infection)
  • Propionibacterium acnes and its association with chronic lower back pain and type 1 Modic changes
  • Clostridium difficile and Staphylococcal Infections
  • Biofilms; infections associated with indwelling intravascular devices and prosthetic joints
  • Skin Antisepsis and Antimicrobials
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