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Dr Tara Beattie

Lecturer

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Publications

Using participatory methods to design an mHealth intervention for a low income country, a case study in Chikwawa, Malawi
Laidlaw Rebecca, Dixon Diane, Morse Tracy, Beattie Tara K., Kumwenda Save, Mpemberera Grant
BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making Vol 17, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12911-017-0485-6
The use of minimum selectable concentrations (MSCs) for determining the selection of antimicrobial resistant bacteria
Khan Sadia, Beattie Tara K., Knapp Charles W.
Ecotoxicology Vol 26, pp. 283-292, (2017)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10646-017-1762-y
Antibiotic resistant bacteria found in municipal drinking water
Khan Sadia, Knapp Charles W., Beattie Tara K.
Environmental Processes Vol 3, pp. 541-552, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s40710-016-0149-z
Relationship between antibiotic- and disinfectant-resistance profiles in bacteria harvested from tap water
Khan Sadia, Beattie Tara K., Knapp Charles W.
Chemosphere Vol 152, pp. 132-141, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.chemosphere.2016.02.086
A qualitative study to inform the design, content and structure of an interactive SMS messaging service in Chikwawa, Malawi
Laidlaw Rebecca, Morse Tracy, Beattie Tara
2nd Behaviour Change Conference, (2016)
http://dx.doi.org/10.3389/conf.FPUBH.2016.01.00017/event_abstract
Healthy settings approach – is it the key to holistic community health and development?
Morse Tracy, Lungu Kingsley, Masangwi Salule Joseph, Beattie Tara
19th College of Medicine Research Dissemination Conference, (2015)

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Teaching

Contributes to Undergraduate and Postgraduate teaching programmes:

  • 17347 Water and Environmental Management
  • CL423 Solid Waste Management and Contaminated Land
  • CL904 Waste Management and Landfill Design
  • CL913 Public Health Studies
  • CL914 Infection and Vector Control
  • EV921 Water and Environmental Management

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

Compost microflora on BCYE agar

http://www.ce.strath.ac.uk/media/tara/Compost-microflora-on-BCYE-agar.jpg

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.

Video: Acanthamoeba trophozoites moving on the surface of a contact lens (x200 magnification, speeded up 20x)
Full Res Version Acanthamoeba trophozoites moving on the surface of a contact lens (x200 magnification, speeded up 20x)

Video: Rupture of Acanthamoeba trophozoite exposed to Miltefosine
Full Res Version Rupture of Acanthamoeba trophozoite exposed to Miltefosine

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

 

Professional activities

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (External organisation)
Member
2014
Interviewed on Gardener's Question Time Radio 4
Interviewee
25/10/2013
Media reporting of Legionella research
Interviewee
10/2013
Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (External organisation)
Member
16/9/2012
Invited to present at British Science Festival
Speaker
6/9/2012
Glasgow Caledonian University
Organiser
2010

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Projects

EPSRC Institutional Sponsorship: Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) / R160677-111
Beattie, Tara (Principal Investigator) Beverland, Iain (Co-investigator)
Period 01-Jun-2016 - 31-Mar-2017
FAST (for accelerated sustainable transformations) microbes
Beattie, Tara (Academic)
EcoEcosse, a SME marketing automated composters which speed up composting of food waste, required analysis of the compost starter cultures provided with their machines and outputs from a commercial scale machine based at the Lord Todd refectory on Strathclyde University Campus and a domestic scale machine operated at home.
Period 01-Dec-2012 - 31-Mar-2013
Bug-free prostheses: Reducing infection risk and improving reliability
Lunn, Rebecca (Principal Investigator) Beattie, Tara (Co-investigator) Knapp, Charles (Co-investigator) Martin, Robert (Co-investigator)
In this feasibility study, we propose to investigate key controls on the coupled mechanical and biological performance of prostheses with the aim of building a unique cross-disciplinary research team to design novel antimicrobial lining materials and prosthetic interface systems. In the UK there are approximately 62,000 amputees and conservative estimates suggest that there are more than 10 million people in the world who live with limb loss. Thus, developing functional, comfortable, cheap and safe prosthetic limbs has social and economic impacts that spread through the developed world and beyond. A major cause of prostheses failure is bacterial fouling of the socket, which occurs in up to 50% of patients in the developed world. A prosthetic socket envelops the residual limb snugly to provide two main functions: (1) a solid interface to transmit forces created through the interaction with the environment onto the residual limb and (2) an attachment point for the components replacing the missing body parts. Through this tight connection between the prosthesis and the limb, a closed environment is generated that provides ideal conditions for bacterial growth. Bacteria not only cause unpleasant odour but also lead to infection and ultimately a breakdown of the whole prosthetic system. Even if a user keeps a prosthetic socket meticulously clean, it is inevitable that over the lifetime of a prosthetic socket (max 3 years) bacteria will settle. Skin problems are frequent and studies on lower limb prosthetics users have shown they occur in 34% to 50% of patients. Infections can have a major negative impact on the use of the prosthesis and hence are highly detrimental to the users' quality of life. The feasibility study will begin to collect data on the microbial populations present on the skin and within the liner. Molecular techniques will be used to sequence microbial DNA to determine the species present and catalogue the genes which may play key roles in community function. Electron microscopy will be used to image the structure of the microbial populations living upon the liner. Once these data are available, we will begin to develop multidisciplinary models of the prosthetic interface. This model development is made possible by the wide range of expertise provided by the cross-disciplinary team: we will develop both conceptual and mathematical models that describe existing interfaces and proposals for new lining materials and prosthetic interface systems.
Period 01-Nov-2009 - 30-Apr-2011
Scotland Chikhwawa Health Initiative (SCHI) - Healthy Settings
Beattie, Tara (Principal Investigator) Morse, Tracy (Co-investigator)
Period 01-May-2013 - 30-Sep-2016

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Civil and Environmental Engineering
James Weir Building

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