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Billy Bourke

School of Medicine
01 4096272
University College Dublin, School of Medicine, Our Lady's Hospital Crumlin Dublin 12


My main laboratory research interest is in infectious diarrhoeal diseases of childhood and my group focuses particularly on Campylobacter jejuni, a major human intestinal pathogen and the most common cause of bacterial gastroenteritis. Together with a group of close collaborators that include Marguerite Clyne, Tadhg O'Croinin and Ulla Knaus at UCD and National Childrens Research Center we have developed an internationally competitive infection biology research programme. We have close collaborative ties with leading national and international scientists in the area of Campylobacter pathogenesis. We also have an established track record in clinical epidemiology research on digestive diseases of childhood. Together with Marion Rowland, a clinical epidemiologist recognized internationally for her work on the epidemiology of H. pylori, we have a major research interest in the epidemiology of cystic fibrosis-associated liver disease. These studies, funded by grants from the Health Research Board and The National Childrens Resarch Center, have focussed on understanding the population incidence and risk factors for the development of liver disease and its complications among Irish children with cystic fibrosis


  • MB BCh BAO
    University College Dublin
  • DCH
    Royal Coll Surgeons in Ireland
  • MD
    University College Dublin
    Royal College of Physicians of Ireland