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Dr Colleen Bamford

Research interests

  • Laboratory detection of multi-resistant organisms
  • Epidemiology of hospital acquired infections
  • Rational use of antibiotics
  • Appropriate use of microbiological investigations
  • Microbiological diagnosis of tuberculosis
  • Molecular epidemiology of nosocomial infections
  • Surveillance of antimicrobial resistance



Bamford C, Whitelaw A, Hafeejee S. Streptococcus pneumoniae infections in neonates. South African Medical Journal 2007;97(1):10-11.
Segal, H., R. K. Jacobson, S. Garny, C. M. Bamford, and B. G. Elisha. 2007. Extended -10 promoter in ISAba-1 upstream of blaOXA-23 from Acinetobacter baumannii. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 51:3040-1.

Bamford C. Update on the laboratory diagnosis of tuberculosis. Continuing Medical Education November 2008.
Gqada Z, Marais B, Wasserman E, Bamford C, Orth H, Sakoulas G, et al. Clinical rationale for treatment of endocarditis caused by methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus developing nonsusceptibility to daptomycin. J.Clin.Microbiol. 2008 Jul;46(7):2471; author reply 2471-2.

Gounden R, Bamford C, van Zyl-Smit R, Cohen K, Maartens G. Safety and effectiveness of colistin compared with tobramycin for multi-drug resistant Acinetobacter baumannii infections. BMC Infect.Dis. 2009 Mar 9;9:26.

Wright CA, Hesseling AC, Bamford C, Burgess S, Warren R, Marais BJ. Fine needle aspiration biopsy- a first line diagnostic procedure in pediatric tuberculosis suspects with peripheral lymphadenopathy? Int J Tuberc Lung Dis. 2009; 13:1373-1379.

Wright CA, Bamford C, Prince Y, Vermaak A, Hoek KG, Marais BJ, Warren RM. Mycobacterial Transport medium for Fine Needle Aspiration Biopsies. Archives of Disease in Childhood 2010; 95:48-50.

D. Sissolak, C. Bamford, S. Mehtar. The potential to transmit Mycobacterium tuberculosis at a South African tertiary teaching hospital. Int J Infect Dis 2010;5:e423-e428.

Bamford CM, Taljaard J. Potential for nosocomial transmission of multi-drug resistant (MDR) tuberculosis in a South African tertiary hospital. S Afr Med J 2010;100:438-441.

Bamford CM, Goodway J, Hoffmann, R. Rapid identification and susceptibility testing of gram-negative bacilli from blood cultures using Vitek 2 system. South African Journal of Epidemiology and Infection 2010;25:28 -31.