Prof Colum Dunne

Director of Research (GEMS) & Founding Director of 4i

Keywords: Microbiology; Infections; Interventions; CPD; Medical devices

Professor Colum Dunne (BSc, PhD, MBA) was educated at University College Cork (UCC).

He is currently Director of Research at the Graduate Entry Medical School, and Founding Director of the Centre for Interventions in Infection, Inflammation, and Immunity (4i) at the University of Limerick, Ireland (

Colum has published extensively and is an inventor on a number of commercialised patents.

Research interests include: incidence and management of infectious agents; molecular technologies in disease diagnosis and prognosis; development of novel medicla devices; drug policies; CPD in healthcare; interventions in promoting healthcare and quality of life.


  • The first occurrence of a CTX-M ESBL-producing Escherichia coli outbreak mediated by mother to neonate transmission in an Irish neonatal intensive care unit. O'Connor C, Philip RK, Kelleher J, Powell J, O'Gorman A, Slevin B, Woodford N, Turton JF, McGrath E, Finnegan C, Power L, O'Connell NH, Dunne CP. BMC Infect Dis. 2017 Jan 5;17(1):16.

  • Development of the four-item Letter and Shape Drawing test (LSD-4): A brief bedside test of visuospatial function. Williams OA, O'Connell H, Leonard M, Awan F, White D, McKenna F, Hannigan A, Cullen W, Exton C, Enudi W, Dunne C, Adamis D, Meagher D. Psychiatry Res. 2017 Jan;247:317-322.

  • Antimicrobial coating innovations to prevent healthcare-associated infection. Crijns FR, Keinänen-Toivola MM, Dunne CP. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Dec 18. pii: S0195-6701(16)30583-7. [Epub ahead of print] No abstract available.

  • An Irish outbreak of New Delhi metallo-β-lactamase (NDM)-1 carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae: increasing but unrecognized prevalence. O'Connor C, Cormican M, Boo TW, McGrath E, Slevin B, O'Gorman A, Commane M, Mahony S, O'Donovan E, Powell J, Monahan R, Finnegan C, Kiernan MG, Coffey JC, Power L, O'Connell NH, Dunne CP. J Hosp Infect. 2016 Dec;94(4):351-357.

  • An optimized work-flow to reduce time-to-detection of carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae (CPE) using direct testing from rectal swabs. O'Connor C, Kiernan MG, Finnegan C, O'Hara M, Power L, O'Connell NH, Dunne CP. Bioengineered. 2016 Aug 17:1-8. [Epub ahead of print]

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