Noel McCarthy

Research Fellow


Research Interests

Most of my research has been in public health epidemiology. Within this my work in the Zoology Department has mainly focussed on integrating bacterial population genetics in public health epidemiology of human disease [1-4] and overlaps with my main employment as a public health doctor with the Health Protection Agency. My wider research interest focuses on developing and applying quantitative and novel research methods to practical public health problems [5-8]. In this regard “focuses” may be a misnomer as this work is fairly diverse.




Selected Publications

  • 1. McCarthy ND, Gillespie IA, Lawson AJ, Richardson J, Neal KR, Hawtin PR, Maiden MC, O'Brien SJ. Molecular epidemiology of human Campylobacter jejuni shows association between seasonal and international patterns of disease. Epidemiol Infect. 2012 Feb 28:1-9. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 22370165.

  • 2. Sheppard SK, Colles F, Richardson J, Cody AJ, Elson R, Lawson A, Brick G, Meldrum R, Little CL, Owen RJ, Maiden MC, McCarthy ND. Host association of Campylobacter genotypes transcends geographic variation. Appl Environ Microbiol. 2010 Aug;76(15):5269-77. Epub 2010 Jun 4. PubMed PMID: 20525862; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2916502.

  • 3. McCarthy ND, Colles FM, Dingle KE, Bagnall MC, Manning G, Maiden MC, Falush D. Host-associated genetic import in Campylobacter jejuni. Emerg Infect Dis. 2007 Feb;13(2):267-72. PubMed PMID: 17479890; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2063414.

  • 4. Sheppard SK, McCarthy ND, Falush D, Maiden MC.Convergence of Campylobacter species: implications for bacterial evolution.Science. 2008 Apr 11;320(5873):237-9.

  • 5. Gillespie IA, Mook P, Adak GK, O'Brien SJ, McCarthy ND. The "case-chaos study" as an adjunct or alternative to conventional case-control study methodology. Am J Epidemiol. 2012 Sep 15;176(6):497-505. Epub 2012 Aug 8. PubMed PMID: 22875753.

  • 6. Arinaminpathy N, Raphaely N, Saldana L, Hodgekiss C, Dandridge J, Knox K, McCarthy ND. Transmission and control in an institutional pandemic influenza A(H1N1) 2009 outbreak. Epidemiol Infect. 2012 Jun;140(6):1102-10. Epub 2011 Aug 23. PubMed PMID: 21859502.

  • 7. McCarthy N, Giesecke J. Case-case comparisons to study causation of common infectious diseases. Int J Epidemiol. 1999 Aug;28(4):764-8. Review. PubMed PMID: 10480708.

  • 8. McCarthy N, Giesecke J. Incidence of Guillain-Barré syndrome following infection with Campylobacter jejuni. Am J Epidemiol. 2001 Mar 15;153(6):610-4. PubMed PMID: 11257070.