Professor Breida Boyle

Professor Breida Boyle

Clinical Associate Professor, Clinical Microbiology

Clinical Associate Professor

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Professor Breida Boyle Consultant Microbiologist,St.James`s Hospital, Dublin, Ireland and Clinical Associate Professor , Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland. Tel: 00353-1-4162971 Email:, Profile Summary Consultant Microbiologist, St.James`s Hospital, Dublin, Clinical Associate Professor in Clinical Microbiology, Trinity College Dublin since 2007. Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, London. Fellow of the Faculty of Pathology, Royal College of Physicians Ireland, 2015. Instigator , developer and module convener Masters , MSc In HealthCare Infection (Management) , Trinity College Dublin. Deputy Medical Director of the National Interim Gonoccocal Reference Laboratory. Main research interests are health-care associated infection including aspects of prevention and economics of healthcare associated infection. As Clinical lead in Infection Prevention and Control , St.James Hospital oversaw the transition of the service to a Quality Managed System , developing e-learning programmes, web-based policies/tools/audits , Multi-drug resistance preparedness, service delivery of educational sessions to almost 2,000 healthcare workers per annum,while supervising Msc theses in this area and publishing research. Invited speaker to the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases , Amstersdam 2019 on research in the area of Diagnostic Stewardship and economic benefit. Current Committee Membership International Treasurer of European Union Committee of Medical Specialists (UEMS)-Multidisciplinary Joint Committee in Infection Control , UEMS-MJC-IC Member,European Union Committee of Medical Specialists ,Subspecialty Medical Microbiology Committee (UEMS-SMM) Member UEMS-SMM examination subgroup Liaision officier UEMS-SMM to European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) National Secretary of the ISCM ( Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists) 2013-2016 Current Executive member of the ISCM Committee Member of Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Specialist Training Committee Medical Microbiology , Faculty of Pathology The following Committees producing National Guidance : Member of the National Forum on Gonorrhoea AMR Member of the National Cancer Clinical Programme (NCCP) development committee on Guidance for Haematology/Oncology Day ward Facilities Member of The Irish Helicobacter pylori Working Group :consensus for the diagnosis and treatment of H. pylori infection in adult patients in Ireland Member of the National Cancer Clinical Programme (NCCP) National Prostate Biopsy Infection Project Board Medical education: Curriculum development National Higher Specialist Training programme in Microbiology, medical school curriculum reviewer, author Post CSCST Fellowship in Transplanation Medicine-Haemopoietic Stem cell and National Transplant Coordination Curriculum. St.James`s Hospital, Dublin. Clinical Lead Clinical Microbiology, Antimicrobial Stewardship Committee. Member PCHCAI Committee , previous Hospital Clinical Lead Infection Prevention and Control Committee. Consultant lead Quality reviewer Clinical Microbiology Department and member of Laboratory Quality Management Committee. Prof.Boyle is involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching to a wide spectrum of healthcare disciplines in relation to HealthCare Infection and Clinical Microbiology; groups included medical students,consultants, post grad. nursing colleagues, pharmacists, scientists, biomedical scientists, molecular scientists, radiographers etc. Prof.Boyle has demonstrated innovation in concept and concept implementation in medical postgraduate curriculum having devised the concept and formulated the original curriculum for the Masters in HealthCare Infection (Management) as well as acting as module convenor and supervisor for Msc theses for a number of years.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Micheál Mac Aogáin, Geraldine Moloney, Shauna Kilkenny, Mary Kelleher, May Kelleghan, Brieda Boyle, Thomas Rogers, Whole-genome sequencing improves discrimination of relapse from reinfection and identifies transmission events among patients with recurrent Clostridium difficile infections, Journal of Hospital Infection, 2015Journal Article, 2015
  • Smith S,Boyle B, Brennan D, Buckley M, Crotty P, Doyle M, Farrell R, Hussey M, Kevans D, Malfertheiner P, Megraud F, Nugent S, O'Connor A, O'Morain C, Weston S, McNamara D, The Irish Helicobacter pylori Working Group consensus for the diagnosis and treatment of H. pylori infection in adult patients in Ireland., European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology, 27, (5), 2017, p552 - 559Journal Article, 2017
  • National Cancer Clinical Programme, 'NCCP Guidance on the Built Environment of a Haematology/Oncology Day Ward',, HSE, 2019, -Protocol or guideline, 2019
  • Health Protection Surveillance Centre, 'Guidelines for the Prevention and Control of Multi-drug resistant organisms (MDRO) excluding MRSA in the healthcare setting', 2014, -Protocol or guideline, 2014, URL
  • RCPI, 'Fellowship Post CSCST Training in CLINICAL MICROBIOLOGY Haematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant & National Transplant Coordination', RCPI, 2017, -Protocol or guideline, 2017, URL
  • Boyle BM, Sullivan DJ, Forkin C, Mulcahy F, Keane CT, Coleman DC., Candida dubliniensis candidaemia in an HIV-positive patient in Ireland., International journal of STD & AIDS, 13, (1), 2002, p55-57Journal Article, 2002, DOI
  • Lazaris A, Coleman DC, Kearns AM, Pichon B, Kinnevey PM, Earls MR, Boyle B, O'Connell B, Brennan GI, Shore AC., Novel multiresistance cfr plasmids in linezolid-resistant methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus epidermidis and vancomycin-resistant Enterococcus faecium (VRE) from a hospital outbreak: co-location of cfr and optrA in VRE., The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 72, (12), 2017, p3252-3257Journal Article, 2017, DOI
  • Ryan L, O'Mahony E, Wrenn C, FitzGerald S, Fox U, Boyle B, Schaffer K, Werner G, Klare I., Epidemiology and molecular typing of VRE bloodstream isolates in an Irish tertiary care hospital., The Journal of antimicrobial chemotherapy, 70, (10), 2015, p2718-2724Journal Article, 2015, DOI
  • Drew RJ, Boyle B., RUWA scoring system: a novel predictive tool for the identification of patients at high risk for complications from Clostridium difficile infection., The Journal of hospital infection, 71, (1), 2009, p93-4; author reply 94-5Journal Article, 2009, DOI
  • Byrne AH, Boyle B, Herra CM, Hone R, Keane CT., Serratia marcescens causing hospital-acquired lower respiratory tract infection., The Journal of hospital infection, 45, (3), 2000, p242-244Journal Article, 2000, DOI
  • Boyle B, Hone R., Q fever endocarditis revisited., Ir J Med Sci, 168, (1), 1999, p53-54Journal Article, 1999, DOI
  • Regan MC, Boyle B, Stephens RB., Laparoscopic repair of colonic perforation occurring during colonoscopy., The British journal of surgery, 81, (7), 1994, p1073Journal Article, 1994, DOI
  • Gough DB, Boyle B, Joyce WP, Delaney CP, McGeeney KF, Gorey TF, Fitzpatrick JM., Free radical inhibition and serial chemiluminescence in evolving experimental pancreatitis., The British journal of surgery, 77, (11), 1990, p1256-1259Journal Article, 1990, DOI
  • White PL, Barton R, Guiver M, Linton CJ, Wilson S, Smith M, Gomez BL, Carr MJ, Kimmitt PT, Seaton S, Rajakumar K, Holyoake T, Kibbler CC, Johnson E, Hobson RP, Jones B, Barnes RA., A consensus on fungal polymerase chain reaction diagnosis?: a United Kingdom-Ireland evaluation of polymerase chain reaction methods for detection of systemic fungal infections., The Journal of molecular diagnostics : JMD, 8, (3), 2006, p376-384Journal Article, 2006, DOI
  • Waldron R., Mohamed A., Boyle B., Al-Azawi D., O'Connell B., Successful treatment of granulomatous mastitis associated with corynebacterium kroppenstedtii with prolonged antimicrobial therapy, Infectious Diseases in Clinical Practice, 27, (2), 2019, p107 - 109, p107-109Journal Article, 2019, DOI
  • Breida Boyle James Donnelly Arthut Henessey Mary Kelleher Louise Rossney Geraldine McMahon Breida Boyle , culture-change-formation-of-a-multidisciplinary-sepsis-pathway-project-team-sppt-results-in-a-reduction-in-blood-culture-contamination-rates-improves-outcomes-in-sepsis-care-and-leads-to-significant-cost-savings,!resources/culture-change-formation-of-a-multidisciplinary-sepsis-pathway-project-team-sppt-results-in-a-reduction-in-blood-culture-contamination-rates-improves-outcomes-in-sepsis-care-and-leads-to-significant-cost-savings, Amstersdam , The Netherlands , 13th to 16 TH April, edited by ESCMID , 2019, pp01189-Oral Presentation, 2019, URL
  • Clare O'Donnell 1, Auveen Griffin 1, Antoinette Power 1, Breida Boyle, Preliminary Blood Culture Rapid Identification and Resistance Targets Determination using GenMark Dx® ePlex® Blood Culture Identification System Improves Sepsis Management, Aids Early Antimicrobial Stewardship (AMS) Interventions and Results in Significant Cost Savings, HIS 2018, Liverpool, U.K, 26-28th Nov 2018, edited by HIS , 2018Poster, 2018, URL
  • B. M. Boyle and S. R. McCann, The use of itraconazole as prophylaxis against invasive fungal infection in blood and marrow transplant recipients, Transplant infectious disease, 2, (2), 2000, p72-9Journal Article, 2000, URL

Research Expertise

  • Title
    Epidemiology Clostridium difficile
    To assess by Whole Genome Sequencing the Epidemiology of Clostridiodes difficile in an academic teaching hospital
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Health Care & Health Services (including Health Technology and Health Information Systems), Immunity and Infection (including Rheumatology & Inflammatory disease), Medical Engineering, Biotechnology and devices (including medical laboratory technologies and informatics), Oncology and cancer biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology & Toxicology including drug formulation and delivery,


  • Henderson Prize in Surgery , UCD 1990
  • Treasurer of the European Union Society of Medical Specialists Multi-disciplinary Joint Committee in Infection Control (UEMS-MJC-IC) Present
  • Member of Higher Specialist Training Committee Medical Microbiology ( and Trainer), Faculty of Pathology,Royal College of Physicians,Ireland Present
  • Committee member of the European Union Medical Specialists subsection Medical Microbiology,UEMS-SMM Examination Working Group Present
  • Member of the European Union Medical Specialtists subsection Medical Microbiology UEMS-SMM Present
  • Fellow Royal College of Pathologists ,U.K Present
  • Fellow of the Faculty of Pathology, Royal college of Physicians , Kildare street, Dublin, Ireland Present
  • Member of Irish Society of Clinical Microbiolgists Executive Committee 2016-present
  • Journal reviewer, Irish Medical Journal 2017
  • Secretary Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists 2013-2016 , now executive committee member 2013 to 2016
  • Invited to participate on Multiple Industry Sponsored Advisory Boards 2017-2019
  • Member National Forum on Gonorrhoea AMR, Deputy Director of The National Interim Gonococcal Reference laboratory 2018
  • Elected Liaision officier UEMS-SMM to European Committee on Infection Control (EUCIC) 2017
  • Invited to speak at annual symposium , Faculty of Pathology , 2018 : Multi-Drug Resistant Organisms in Neutropenic Sepsis 08-02-2018
  • Treasurer European Union Committee of Medical Specialists (UEMS)-Multidisciplinary Joint Committee in Infection Control , UEMS-MJC-IC, 2018