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Health Sciences profile

Dr Heather Brooks

PositionSenior Lecturer and Director, Medical Laboratory Science Programme
DepartmentDepartment of Pathology (DSM)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD(Lond)

Research

Heather is the Course Director for the Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science

Publications

Aziz, M. A., Cabral, J. D., Brooks, H. J. L., McConnell, M. A., Fitzpatrick, C., Hanton, L. R., & Moratti, S. C. (2015). In vitro biocompatibility and cellular interactions of a chitosan/dextran-based hydrogel for postsurgical adhesion prevention. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B, 103(2), 332-341. doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33206

Hughes, K. A., Cornwall, J., Theis, J.-C., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2013). Bacterial contamination of unused, disposable non-sterile gloves on a hospital orthopaedic ward. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(6), 331-338. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1675

Harrington, M. G., Lopes, R. M., Hughes, K. A., Weaver, J. E., Parslow, G., Roos, R. F., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2014). Antibiotic resistance in thermotolerant Campylobacter isolated in 2000/01 and 2010 from patients with diarrhoea in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, 68, 15-18.

Brooks, H. J. L., McConnell, M. A., & Broadbent, R. S. (2013). Microbes and the inflammatory response in necrotising enterocolitis. In O. Erez (Ed.), Preterm birth. InTech. doi: 10.5772/55039

Aziz, M. A., Cabral, J. D., Brooks, H. J. L., Moratti, S. C., & Hanton, L. R. (2012). Antimicrobial properties of a chitosan dextran-based hydrogel for surgical use. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 56(1), 280-287. doi: 10.1128/aac.05463-11

Chapter in Book - Research

Brooks, H. J. L., McConnell, M. A., & Broadbent, R. S. (2013). Microbes and the inflammatory response in necrotising enterocolitis. In O. Erez (Ed.), Preterm birth. InTech. doi: 10.5772/55039

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Journal - Research Article

Aziz, M. A., Cabral, J. D., Brooks, H. J. L., McConnell, M. A., Fitzpatrick, C., Hanton, L. R., & Moratti, S. C. (2015). In vitro biocompatibility and cellular interactions of a chitosan/dextran-based hydrogel for postsurgical adhesion prevention. Journal of Biomedical Materials Research Part B, 103(2), 332-341. doi: 10.1002/jbm.b.33206

Harrington, M. G., Lopes, R. M., Hughes, K. A., Weaver, J. E., Parslow, G., Roos, R. F., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2014). Antibiotic resistance in thermotolerant Campylobacter isolated in 2000/01 and 2010 from patients with diarrhoea in Dunedin, New Zealand. New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, 68, 15-18.

Hughes, K. A., Cornwall, J., Theis, J.-C., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2013). Bacterial contamination of unused, disposable non-sterile gloves on a hospital orthopaedic ward. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(6), 331-338. doi: 10.4066/AMJ.2013.1675

Aziz, M. A., Cabral, J. D., Brooks, H. J. L., Moratti, S. C., & Hanton, L. R. (2012). Antimicrobial properties of a chitosan dextran-based hydrogel for surgical use. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 56(1), 280-287. doi: 10.1128/aac.05463-11

Matejka, K. M., Bremer, P. J., Tompkins, G. R., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2012). Antibiotic susceptibility of Moraxella catarrhalis biofilms in a continuous flow model. Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease, 74, 394-398. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2012.08.021

Maas, E. W., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2010). Is photosynthesis a requirement for paralytic shellfish toxin production in the dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum algal-bacterial consortium. Journal of Applied Phycology, 22, 293-296. doi: 10.1007/s10811-009-9458-1

Lim, K. H., Brooks, H., McDougal, R., Burton, J., Devenish, C., & De Silva, T. (2010). Is there a correlation between bacterial vaginosis and preterm labour in women in the Otago region of New Zealand? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 50(3), 226-229. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01149.x

Carter, P. E., McTavish, S. M., Brooks, H. J. L., Campbell, D., Collins-Emerson, J. M., Midwinter, A. C., & French, N. P. (2009). Novel clonal complexes with an unknown animal reservoir dominate Campylobacter jejuni isolates from river water in New Zealand. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 75(19), 6038-6046. doi: 10.1128/aem.01039-09

McQueen, R. H., Laing, R. M., Delahunty, C. M., Brooks, H. J. L., & Niven, B. E. (2008). Retention of axillary odour on apparel fabrics. Journal of the Textile Institute, 99(6), 515-523. doi: 10.1080/00405000701659774

Maas, E. W., Latter, R. M., Thiele, J., Waite, A. M., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2007). Effect of multiple antibiotic treatments on a paralytic shellfish toxin-producing culture of the dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum. Aquatic Microbial Ecology, 48, 255-260.

McQueen, R. H., Laing, R. M., Brooks, H. J. L., & Niven, B. E. (2007). Odor intensity in apparel fabrics and the link with bacterial populations. Textile Research Journal, 77(7), 449-456.

Brooks, H. J. L., McConnell, M. A., Corbett, J., Buchan, G. S., Fitzpatrick, C. E., & Broadbent, R. S. (2006). Potential prophylactic value of bovine colostrum in necrotizing enterocolitis in neonates: An in vitro study on bacterial attachment, antibody levels and cytokine production. FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology, 48(3), 347-354.

Eyles, R. F., Brooks, H. J. L., Townsend, C. R., Burtenshaw, G. A., Heng, N. C. K., Jack, R. W., & Weinstein, P. (2006). Comparison of Campylobacter jejuni PFGE and Penner subtypes in human infections and in water samples from the Taieri River catchment of New Zealand. Journal of Applied Microbiology, 101, 18-25.

Tannock, G. W., Ghazally, S., Walter, J., Loach, D., Brooks, H., Cook, G., … Simmers, C., Bremer, P., … Hertel, C. (2005). Ecological behavior of Lactobacillus reuteri 100-23 is affected by mutation of the luxS gene. Applied & Environmental Microbiology, 71(12), 8419-8425.

Burton, J. P., Chilcott, C. N., Al-Qumber, M., Brooks, H. J. L., Wilson, D., Tagg, J. R., & Devenish, C. (2005). A preliminary survey of Atopobium vaginae in women attending the Dunedin gynaecology out-patients clinic: Is the contribution of the hard-to-culture microbiota overlooked in gynaecological disorders? Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 45, 450-452.

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Journal - Research Other

Brooks, H. J. L. (2013). Modern microbiology: A quiet revolution with many benefits. Australasian Medical Journal, 6(7), 378-381. doi: 10.4066/amj.2013.1830

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