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Otago Medical School staff profiles

Dr Debbie Williamson

PositionSenior Research Fellow
DepartmentDepartment of Pathology and Molecular Medicine (UOW)

Publications

Talaroa, G., Harbison-Price, N., Ferguson, S. A., Carter, G. P., Williamson, D. A., Macknight, R. C., Cook, G. M., & Helkal, A. (2018). Complete genome sequence of a New Zealand isolate of the bovine pathogen Streptococcus uberis. Genome Announcements, 6(9), e00119-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00119-18

Oliver, J., Foster, T., Kvalsvig, A., Williamson, D. A., Baker, M. G., & Pierse, N. (2018). Risk of rehospitalisation and death for vulnerable New Zealand children. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(4), 327-334. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-312671

Oliver, J., Foster, T., Williamson, D. A., Pierse, N., & Baker, M. G. (2018). Using preceding hospital admissions to identify children at risk of developing acute rheumatic fever. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 54(5), 499-505. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13786

Carter, G. P., Ussher, J. E., Da Silva, A. G., Baines, S. L., Heffernan, H., Riley, T. V., Broadbent, R., … Williamson, D. A. (2018). Genomic analysis of multiresistant Staphylococcus capitis associated with neonatal sepsis. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 62(11), e00898-18. doi: 10.1128/aac.00898-18

Hewitt, J., Harte, D., Sutherland, M., Croucher, D., Fouche, L., Flanagan, P., & Williamson, D. (2018). Prevalence of hepatitis E virus antibodies and infection in New Zealand blood donors. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1469), 38-43. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Journal - Research Article

Talaroa, G., Harbison-Price, N., Ferguson, S. A., Carter, G. P., Williamson, D. A., Macknight, R. C., Cook, G. M., & Helkal, A. (2018). Complete genome sequence of a New Zealand isolate of the bovine pathogen Streptococcus uberis. Genome Announcements, 6(9), e00119-18. doi: 10.1128/genomeA.00119-18

Hewitt, J., Harte, D., Sutherland, M., Croucher, D., Fouche, L., Flanagan, P., & Williamson, D. (2018). Prevalence of hepatitis E virus antibodies and infection in New Zealand blood donors. New Zealand Medical Journal, 131(1469), 38-43. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Carter, G. P., Ussher, J. E., Da Silva, A. G., Baines, S. L., Heffernan, H., Riley, T. V., Broadbent, R., … Williamson, D. A. (2018). Genomic analysis of multiresistant Staphylococcus capitis associated with neonatal sepsis. Antimicrobial Agents & Chemotherapy, 62(11), e00898-18. doi: 10.1128/aac.00898-18

Oliver, J., Foster, T., Williamson, D. A., Pierse, N., & Baker, M. G. (2018). Using preceding hospital admissions to identify children at risk of developing acute rheumatic fever. Journal of Paediatrics & Child Health, 54(5), 499-505. doi: 10.1111/jpc.13786

Oliver, J., Foster, T., Kvalsvig, A., Williamson, D. A., Baker, M. G., & Pierse, N. (2018). Risk of rehospitalisation and death for vulnerable New Zealand children. Archives of Disease in Childhood, 103(4), 327-334. doi: 10.1136/archdischild-2017-312671

Jack, S. J., Williamson, D. A., Galloway, Y., Pierse, N., Zhang, J., Oliver, J., … Baker, M. G. (2018). Primary prevention of rheumatic fever in the 21st century: Evaluation of a national programme. International Journal of Epidemiology, dyy150. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyy150

Thompson, M. G., Pierse, N., Huang, Q. S., Prasad, N., Duque, J., Newbern, E. C., Baker, M. G., … on behalf of the SHIVERS investigation team, including Williamson, D. A. (2018). Influenza vaccine effectiveness in preventing influenza-associated intensive care admissions and attenuating severe disease among adults in New Zealand 2012–2015. Vaccine, 36(39), 5916-5925. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.07.028

Doyle, H., Pierse, N., Tiatia, R., Williamson, D., Baker, M., & Crane, J. (2018). The effect of the oral probiotic Streptococcus salivarius (K12) on Group A streptococcus pharyngitis: A pragmatic trial in schools. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 37(7), 619-623. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001847

Oliver, J., Malliya Wadu, E., Pierse, N., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D. A., & Baker, M. G. (2018). Group A Streptococcus pharyngitis and pharyngeal carriage: A meta-analysis. PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1371/journal.pntd.0006335

Oliver, J., Pierse, N., Williamson, D. A., & Baker, M. G. (2018). Estimating the likely true changes in rheumatic fever incidence using two data sources. Epidemiology & Infection, 146(2), 265-275. doi: 10.1017/S0950268817002734

Upton, A., McEwan, M., & Williamson, D. (2016). Urinalysis requests on the elderly residing in the Auckland community: Tick box requesting? New Zealand Medical Journal, 129(1429), 64-70. Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Williamson, D. A., Ritchie, S., Keren, B., Harrington, M., Thomas, M. G., Upton, A., … Leversha, A. (2016). Persistence, discordance and diversity of Staphylococcus aureus nasal and oropharyngeal colonization in school-aged children. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 35(7), 744-748. doi: 10.1097/inf.0000000000001173

Williamson, D. A., Roos, R., Verrall, A., Smith, A., & Thomas, M. G. (2016). Trends, demographics and disparities in outpatient antibiotic consumption in New Zealand: A national study. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 71(12), 3593-3598. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkw345

Williamson, D. A., Smeesters, P. R., Steer, A. C., Steemson, J. D., Ng, A. C. H., Proft, T., … Baker, M. G., … Moreland, N. J. (2015). M-protein analysis of Streptococcus pyogenes isolates associated with acute rheumatic fever in New Zealand. Journal of Clinical Microbiology, 53(11), 3618-3620. doi: 10.1128/jcm.02129-15

Johnson, J. R., Porter, S., Johnston, B., Kuskowski, M. A., Spurbeck, R. R., Mobley, H. L. T., & Williamson, D. A. (2015). Host characteristics and bacterial traits predict experimental virulence for Escherichia coli bloodstream isolates form patients with urosepsis. Open Forum Infectious Diseases, 2(3). doi: 10.1093/ofid/ofv083

Huang, Q. S., Turner, N., Baker, M. G., Williamson, D. A., Wong, C., Webby, R., … on behalf of the SHIVERS investigation team. (2015). Southern Hemisphere Influenza and Vaccine Effectiveness Research and Surveillance. Influenza & Other Respiratory Viruses, 9(4), 179-190. doi: 10.1111/irv.12315

Williamson, D. A., Morgan, J., Hope, V., Fraser, J. D., Moreland, N. J., Proft, T., … Baker, M. G., & Carter, P. E. (2015). Increasing incidence of invasive group A streptococcus disease in New Zealand, 2002 – 2012: A national population-based study. Journal of Infection, 70(2), 127-134. doi: 10.1016/j.jinf.2014.09.001

Berry, S., Morton, S., Atatoa Carr, P., Marks, E., Ritchie, S., Upton, A., Williamson, D., & Grant, C. (2015). Colonisation with Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes in New Zealand preschool children. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1410). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Williamson, D. A., Heffernan, H., & Nimmo, G. (2015). Contemporary genomic approaches in the diagnosis and typing of Staphylococcus aureus. Pathology, 47(3), 270-275. doi: 10.1097/pat.0000000000000236

Zowawi, H. M., Harris, P. N. A., Roberts, M. J., Tambyah, P. A., Schembri, M. A., Pezzani, M. D., Williamson, D. A., & Paterson, D. L. (2015). The emerging threat of multidrug-resistant Gram-negative bacteria in urology. Nature Reviews Urology, 12, 570-584. doi: 10.1038/nrurol.2015.199

Williamson, D. A., Moreland, N. J., Carter, P., Upton, A., Morgan, J., Proft, T., … Baker, M. G., … Fraser, J. D. (2014). Molecular epidemiology of group A streptococcus from pharyngeal isolates in Auckland, New Zealand, 2013. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1388). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Williamson, D. A., Coombs, G. W., & Nimmo, G. R. (2014). Staphylococcus aureus 'Down Under': Contemporary epidemiology of S. aureus in Australia, New Zealand, and the South West Pacific. Clinical Microbiology & Infection, 20(7), 597-604. doi: 10.1111/1469-0691.12702

Williamson, D. A., Ritchie, S. R., Roberts, S. A., Coombs, G. W., Thomas, M. G., Hannaford, O., Baker, M. G., … Fraser, J. D. (2014). Clinical and molecular epidemiology of community-onset invasive Staphylococcus aureus infection in New Zealand children. Epidemiology & Infection, 142(8), 1713-1721. doi: 10.1017/s0950268814000053

Williamson, D. A., Zhang, J., Ritchie, S. R., Roberts, S. A., Fraser, J. D., & Baker, M. G. (2014). Staphylococcus aureus infections in New Zealand, 2000-2011. Emerging Infectious Diseases, 20(7), 1156-1161. doi: 10.3201/eid2007.131923

Turner, N., Pierse, N., Bissielo, A., Huang, Q. S., Radke, S., Baker, M. G., … on behalf of the SHIVERS investigation team, including Williamson, D. A. (2014). Effectiveness of seasonal trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in preventing influenza hospitalisations and primary care visits in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2013. Eurosurveillance, 19(34), 4.

Steemson, J. D., Moreland, N. J., Williamson, D., Morgan, J., Carter, P. E., & Proft, T. (2014). Survey of the bp/tee genes from clinical group A streptococcus isolates in New Zealand: Implications for vaccine development. Journal of Medical Microbiology, 63, 1670-1678. doi: 10.1099/jmm.0.080804-0

Williamson, D. A., & Heffernan, H. (2014). The changing landscape of antimicrobial resistance in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 127(1403). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Banerjee, S., Bentley, P., Hamady, M., Marley, S., Davis, J., Shlebak, A., … Williamson, D. A., … Chataway, J. (2014). Intra-arterial immunoselected CD34+ stem cells for acute ischemic stroke. Stem Cells Translational Medicine, 3(11), 1322-1331. doi: 10.5966/sctm.2013-0178

Turner, N., Pierse, N., Bissielo, A., Huang, Q. S., Baker, M. G., Widdowson, M.-A., … on behalf of the SHIVERS investigation team, including Williamson, D. A. (2014). The effectiveness of seasonal trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in preventing laboratory confirmed influenza hospitalisations in Auckland, New Zealand in 2012. Vaccine, 32, 3687-3693. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.04.013

Williamson, D. A., Mills, G., Johnson, J. R., Porter, S., & Wiles, S. (2014). In vivo correlates of molecularly inferred virulence among extraintestinal pathogenic Escherichia coli (ExPEC) in the wax moth Galleria mellonella model system. Virulence, 5(3), 388-393. doi: 10.4161/viru.27912

Roberts, M. J., Williamson, D. A., Hadway, P., Doi, S. A. R., Gardiner, R. A., & Paterson, D. L. (2014). Baseline prevalence of antimicrobial resistance and subsequent infection following prostate biopsy using empirical or altered prophylaxis: A bias-adjusted meta-analysis. International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents, 43(4), 301-309. doi: 10.1016/j.ijantimicag.2014.01.008

Turner, N., Pierse, N., Huang, Q. S., Radke, S., Bissielo, A., Thompson, M. G., … on behalf of the SHIVERS investigation team, including Williamson, D. A. (2014). Interim estimates of the effectiveness of seasonal trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine in preventing influenza hospitalisations and primary care visits in Auckland, New Zealand, in 2014. Eurosurveillance, 19(42), 20934.

Huang, Q. S., Baker, M., McArthur, C., Roberts, S., Williamson, D., Grant, C., … Pierse, N., … Widdowson, M.-A. (2014). Implementing hospital-based surveillance for severe acute respiratory infections caused by influenza and other respiratory pathogens in New Zealand. Western Pacific Surveillance & Response, 5(2). doi: 10.5365/wpsar.2014.5.1.004

Williamson, D. A., Roberts, S. A., Ritchie, S. R., Coombs, G. W., Fraser, J. D., & Heffernan, H. (2013). Clinical and molecular epidemiology of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in New Zealand: Rapid emergence of sequence type 5 (ST5)-SCCmec-IV as the dominant community-associated MRSA clone. PLoS ONE, 8(4), e62020. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0062020

Williamson, D. A., Barrett, L. K., Rogers, B. A., Freeman, J. T., Hadway, P., & Paterson, D. L. (2013). Infectious complications following transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy: New challenges in the era of multidrug-resistant Escherichia coli. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 57(2), 267-274. doi: 10.1093/cid/cit193

Williamson, D. A., Freeman, J. T., Porter, S., Roberts, S., Wiles, S., Paterson, D. L., & Johnson, J. R. (2013). Clinical and molecular correlates of virulence in Escherichia coli causing bloodstream infection following transrectal ultrasound-guided (TRUS) prostate biopsy. Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, 68(12), 2898-2906. doi: 10.1093/jac/dkt276

Williamson, D. A., Lim, A., Thomas, M. G., Baker, M. G., Roberts, S. A., Fraser, J. D., & Ritchie, S. R. (2013). Incidence, trends and demographics of Staphylococcus aureus infections in Auckland, New Zealand, 2001-2011. BMC Infectious Diseases, 13(1), 569. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-569

Williamson, D. A., Lim, A., Wiles, S., Roberts, S. A., & Freeman, J. T. (2013). Population-based incidence and comparative demographics of community-associated and healthcare-associated Escherichia coli bloodstream infection in Auckland, New Zealand, 2005 - 2011. BMC Infectious Diseases, 13(1), 385. doi: 10.1186/1471-2334-13-385

Williamson, D. A., Roberts, S. A., Paterson, D. L., Sidjabat, H., Silvey, A., Masters, J., … Freeman, J. T. (2012). Escherichia coli bloodstream infection after transrectal ultrasound-guided prostate biopsy: Implications of fluoroquinolone-resistant sequence type 131 as a major causative pathogen. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 54(10), 1406-1412. doi: 10.1093/cid/cis194

Banerjee, S., Williamson, D. A., Habib, N., & Chataway, J. (2012). The potential benefit of stem cell therapy after stroke: An update. Vascular Health & Risk Management, 8(1), 569-580. doi: 10.2147/VHRM.S25745

Freeman, J. T., Williamson, D. A., Heffernan, H., Smith, M., Bower, J. E., & Roberts, S. A. (2012). Comparative epidemiology of CTX-M-14 and CTX-M-15 producing Escherichia coli: Association with distinct demographic groups in the community in New Zealand. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 31(8), 2057-2060. doi: 10.1007/s10096-011-1540-3

Williamson, D. A., Roberts, S. A., Smith, M., Heffernan, H., Tiong, A., Pope, C., & Freeman, J. T. (2012). High rates of susceptibility to ceftazidime among globally prevalent CTX-M-producing Escherichia coli: Potential clinical implications of the revised CLSI interpretive criteria. European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, 31(5), 821-824. doi: 10.1007/s10096-011-1380-1

Williamson, D. A., Roberts, S. A., Bower, J. E., Vaughan, R., Newton, S., Lowe, O., … Freeman, J. T. (2012). Clinical failures associated with rpoB mutations in phenotypically occult multidrug-resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis. International Journal of Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, 16(2), 216-220. doi: 10.5588/ijtld.11.0178

Freeman, J. T., McBride, S. J., Nisbet, M. S., Gamble, G. D., Williamson, D. A., Taylor, S. L., & Holland, D. J. (2012). Bloodstream infection with extended-spectrum beta-lactamase-producing Enterobacteriaceae at a tertiary care hospital in New Zealand: Risk factors and outcomes. International Journal of Infectious Diseases, 16(5), e371-e374. doi: 10.1016/j.ijid.2012.01.008

Williamson, D., Nagappan, R., Sirikonda, R., Rahnama, F., Thomas, S., Lovell-Smith, M., & Croxson, M. (2011). Distribution of HPV genotypes in women with cervical cancer in Auckland, New Zealand; a review of 50 specimens between 2000-2006. Australian & New Zealand Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 51(1), 67-70. doi: 10.1111/j.1479-828X.2010.01251.x

Banerjee, S., Williamson, D., Habib, N., Gordon, M., & Chataway, J. (2011). Human stem cell therapy in ischaemic stroke: A review. Age & Ageing, 40(1), 7-13. doi: 10.1093/ageing/afq133

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Journal - Research Other

Williamson, D. A., Moreland, N. J., & Jack, S. (2016). Invasive group A streptococcal infections in indigenous New Zealanders with type 2 diabetes. Clinical Infectious Diseases, 63(9), 1268-1269. doi: 10.1093/cid/ciw420

Williamson, D., Baker, M., French, N., & Thomas, M. (2015). Missing in action: An antimicrobial resistance strategy for New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1427). Retrieved from http://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Williamson, D. A., Ritchie, S. R., Best, E., Upton, A., Leversha, A., Smith, A., & Thomas, M. G. (2015). A bug in the ointment: Topical antimicrobial usage and resistance in New Zealand. New Zealand Medical Journal, 128(1426). Retrieved from https://www.nzma.org.nz/journal

Moreland, N. J., Waddington, C. S., Williamson, D. A., Sriskandan, S., Smeesters, P. R., Proft, T., … Baker, M. G., … Fraser, J. D. (2014). Working towards a Group A Streptococcal vaccine: Report of a collaborative Trans-Tasman workshop [Conference report]. Vaccine, 32(30), 3713-3720. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2014.05.017

Williamson, D. A., Ritchie, S. R., Lennon, D., Roberts, S. A., Stewart, J., Thomas, M. G., & Baker, M. G. (2013). Increasing incidence and sociodemographic variation in community-onset Staphylococcus Aureus skin and soft tissue infections in New Zealand children [Brief report]. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal, 32(8), 923-925. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e3182905f3d

Williamson, D. A., Huang, S., Roberts, S. A., Grant, C. C., McArthur, C., & Baker, M. G. (2012). Surveillance for influenza using hospital discharge data may underestimate the burden of influenza-related hospitalization. Infection Control & Hospital Epidemiology, 33(10), 1064-1066. doi: 10.1086/667742

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