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Health Science staff profile

 

Associate Professor Heather Brooks

PositionAssociate Professor and Director, Medical Laboratory Science Programme
DepartmentDepartment of Pathology (Dunedin)
QualificationsBSc(Hons) PhD(Lond)

Research

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

Publications

Gulliver, L., Brooks, H., Kinniburgh, L., Aburn, R., Stodart, J., & Rudland, J. (2020). Health professional education and practice in preventing and controlling infections in New Zealand: A review to inform strategies for enhancing practitioner competencies and patient safety. Integrated Healthcare Journal, 2(1), e000034. doi: 10.1136/ihj-2019-000034

van Hilst, Q. V. C., Vasdev, R. A. S., Preston, D., Findlay, J. A., Scottwell, S. Ø., Giles, G. I., Brooks, H. J. L., & Crowley, J. D. (2019). Synthesis, characterisation and antimicrobial studies of some 2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine ruthenium(II) “click” complexes. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, 8, 496-505. doi: 10.1002/ajoc.201900088

Thomas, R. R., Gaastra, M. L. H., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2018). Shiga (Vero) -toxigenic escherichia coli: Epidemiology, virulence and disease. New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, 72(1), 3-10. [Review].

Thomas, R. R., Brooks, H. J. L., & O'Brien, R. (2017). Prevalence of Shiga toxin-producing and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli marker genes in diarrhoeic stools in a New Zealand catchment area [Short report]. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 70(1), 81-84. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2016-203882

Vasdev, R. A. S., Preston, D., Scottwell, S. Ø., Brooks, H. J. L., Crowley, J. D., & Schramm, M. P. (2016). Oxidatively locked [Co2L3]6+ cylinders derived from bis(bidentate) 2-Pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole "Click" ligands: Synthesis, stability, and antimicrobial studies. Molecules, 21(11), 1548. doi: 10.3390/molecules21111548

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. (pp. 137-174). London, UK: InTech. doi: 10.5772/55039

Chapter in Book - Research

Reid, G., Brooks, H., Bialkowska-Hobrzansk, H., & Valvano, M. (1995). Bacteriuria in spinal cord injured patients. In S. G. Mulholland (Ed.), Antibiotic therapy in urology. (pp. 187-199). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott-Raven.

Chapter in Book - Research

Gulliver, L., Brooks, H., Kinniburgh, L., Aburn, R., Stodart, J., & Rudland, J. (2020). Health professional education and practice in preventing and controlling infections in New Zealand: A review to inform strategies for enhancing practitioner competencies and patient safety. Integrated Healthcare Journal, 2(1), e000034. doi: 10.1136/ihj-2019-000034

Journal - Research Article

van Hilst, Q. V. C., Vasdev, R. A. S., Preston, D., Findlay, J. A., Scottwell, S. Ø., Giles, G. I., Brooks, H. J. L., & Crowley, J. D. (2019). Synthesis, characterisation and antimicrobial studies of some 2,6-bis(1,2,3-triazol-4-yl)pyridine ruthenium(II) “click” complexes. Asian Journal of Organic Chemistry, 8, 496-505. doi: 10.1002/ajoc.201900088

Journal - Research Article

Kumar, S. V., Scottwell, S. Ø., Waugh, E., McAdam, C. J., Hanton, L. R., Brooks, H. J. L., & Crowley, J. D. (2016). Antimicrobial properties of tris(homoleptic) ruthenium(II) 2-pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole "click" complexes against pathogenic bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Inorganic Chemistry, 55(19), 9767-9777. doi: 10.1021/acs.inorgchem.6b01574

Journal - Research Article

Vasdev, R. A. S., Preston, D., Scottwell, S. Ø., Brooks, H. J. L., Crowley, J. D., & Schramm, M. P. (2016). Oxidatively locked [Co2L3]6+ cylinders derived from bis(bidentate) 2-Pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole "Click" ligands: Synthesis, stability, and antimicrobial studies. Molecules, 21(11), 1548. doi: 10.3390/molecules21111548

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

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Chan, M., Brooks, H. J. L., Moratti, S. C., Hanton, L. R., & Cabral, J. D. (2015). Reducing the oxidation level of dextran aldehyde in a chitosan/dextran-based surgical hydrogel increases biocompatibility and decreases antimicrobial efficacy. International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16(6), 13798-13814. doi: 10.3390/ijms160613798

Journal - Research Article

Kumar, S. V., Lo, W. K. C., Brooks, H. J. L., & Crowley, J. D. (2015). Synthesis, structure, stability and antimicrobial activity of a ruthenium(II) helicate derived from a bis-bidentate "click" pyridyl-1,2,3-triazole ligand. Inorganica Chimica Acta, 425, 1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.ica.2014.10.011

Journal - Research Article

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.

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Kieser, D. C., Harrington, M. G., Brooks, H., Mros, S., Kieser, S. C. J., Kieser, G. A., Theis, J.-C., & Kieser, J. A. (2014). Tracing the origin of bacterial contamination in close and medium range gunshot wounds in a sheep limb model. Balkan Military Medical Review, 17(4), 111-114. doi: 10.5455/bmmr.172847

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Noor, A., Huff, G. S., Kumar, S. V., Lewis, J. E. M., Paterson, B. M., Schieber, C., … Brooks, H. J. L., Gordon, K. C., Moratti, S. C., & Crowley, J. D. (2014). [Re(CO)3]+ complexes of exo-functionalized tridentate "click" macrocycles: Synthesis, stability, photophysical properties, bioconjugation, and antibacterial activity. Organometallics, 33(24), 7031-7043. doi: 10.1021/om500664v

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Journal - Research Article

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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Ahmed, D., Brooks, H., McConnell, M., & Barbezat, G. (2004). Antibiotic resistance in Helicobacter pylori: Is it a problem in New Zealand? New Zealand Medical Journal, 117(1200). Retrieved from http://journal.nzma.org.nz/journal/117-1200/1022/content.pdf

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Brooks, H. J. L., Ahmed, D., McConnell, M. A., & Barbezat, G. O. (2004). Diagnosis of Helicobacter pylori infection by polymerase chain reaction: Is it worth it? Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease, 50, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.diagmicrobio.2003.11.010

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Brooks, H. J. L., Mollison, B. D., Bettelheim, K. A., Matejka, K., Paterson, K. A., & Ward, V. K. (2001). Occurrence and virulence factors of non-O157 Shiga toxin-producing Escherichia coli in retail meat in Dunedin, New Zealand. Letters in Applied Microbiology, 32(2), 118-122. doi: 10.1046/j.1472-765x.2001.00868.x

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McConnell, M. A., Buchan, G. S., Borissenko, M. V., & Brooks, H. J. (2001). A comparative study of IgG and IgG1 activity in an early milk concentrate from non-immunised cows and a milk from hyperimmunised animals. Food Research International, 34(2-3), 255-261.

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Maas, E. W., Thiele, J., Thompson, C., Latter, R. M., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2000). Modification of an algal culture medium for sustained growth of a saxitoxin-producing isolate of Alexandrium minutum. Journal of Applied Phycology, 12(1), 95-98. doi: 10.1023/A:1008137303135

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Brooks, H. J., Bettelheim, K. A., Todd, B., & Holdaway, M. D. H. A. (1997). Non-0157 Vero Cytoxin producing Escherichia Coli: Aetiological agents of diarrhoea in children in Dunedin, New Zealand. Comparative Immunology, Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 20(2), 163-170.

Journal - Research Article

Thomas, R. R., Gaastra, M. L. H., & Brooks, H. J. L. (2018). Shiga (Vero) -toxigenic escherichia coli: Epidemiology, virulence and disease. New Zealand Journal of Medical Laboratory Science, 72(1), 3-10. [Review].

Journal - Research Other

Thomas, R. R., Brooks, H. J. L., & O'Brien, R. (2017). Prevalence of Shiga toxin-producing and enteropathogenic Escherichia coli marker genes in diarrhoeic stools in a New Zealand catchment area [Short report]. Journal of Clinical Pathology, 70(1), 81-84. doi: 10.1136/jclinpath-2016-203882

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

Journal - Research Other

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