MB BS, BSc, MSc, MD, DTM & H, FRCPath
Dr Dancer is currently a medical microbiologist in NHS Lanarkshire and has been editing the Journal of Hospital Infection for 18 years, five of which as editor-in-chief. Her current research focuses on the role of antibiotics, screening and cleaning in the control of Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and other hospital pathogens.
Her interests have led her to work and travel widely, including resuscitating 30,000 year-old organisms from glacial ice in the Canadian High Arctic. Her roles include being the first microbiologist at Health Protection Scotland (2002-05), where she set up MRSA surveillance for Scotland, evaluated real-time PCR for MRSA screening and helped to establish the Scottish Microbiology Forum. She has been a member of several national working groups on antibiotic prescribing, MRSA and hospital cleaning. She is a current or recent member of NHS Scotland Health Associated Infection Commodities; UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (infection control); UK Health Technology Assessment (screening and diagnostics); European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID/ECCMID) groups on the control of MRSA & multi-resistant Gram-negative bacilli; and 2013 ECCMID conference committee.
Dr Dancer has published books, book chapters and over 120 microbiological papers in peer-reviewed journals on hospital cleaning, antimicrobial management, infection and MRSA. She trained at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London, followed by postgraduate studies at Guy’s Hospital. She gained a thesis on epidemiology and biochemistry of toxin-producing Staphylococci.