Awardees in 2016

Congratulations to the recipients of the 2016 TAE Awards for Training Achievements!

Clíodhna Ní Bhuachalla
Clinical Microbiology
Adelaide and Meath Hospitals incorporating National Childrens Hospital
Dublin, Ireland


Clíodhna is a 5th year Clinical Microbiology SpR trainee in the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland Clinical Microbiology SpR Training Scheme. She recently trained in Brisbane, Australia where she was involved in collaborative clinical research studies for malariotherapies and vaccines, using controlled human malaria infection via a novel induced blood stage malaria challenge model.  She presented these data nationally and internationally e.g., Australian Society for Parasitology Annual Meeting.  With a keen interest in medical education she was appointed associate lecturer with University of Queensland’s School of Medicine, using an innovative peer assisted learning programme for teaching. She was appointed sessional academic with Queensland Institute of Technology, educating students in healthcare microbiology and incorporating use of a novel “online learning” tool.
She is a member of the Irish National Prostate Biopsy Associated Infection group which published inaugural national guidelines (2014). This involved national multidisciplinary collaboration. Her contribution was shortlisted for a Young Researcher Award, awarded 1st place at the Irish Society of Clinical Microbiologists (ISCM) Meeting (2013), presented at the British Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy (BSAC) Meeting and accepted by ECCMID online library. Her previous work on communication of laboratory results was awarded 1st place at the ISCM Meeting (2012).
Her training pathway to date includes clinical training in Clinical Microbiology (SpR), Infectious Diseases, Virology and HIV- related medicine. She received her medical degree (honours) from University College Cork (UCC), Ireland (2006). As an undergraduate medical student she developed her interest in tropical medicine during completion of a medical elective in a rural hospital in Kenya, and was awarded honours for her final year project on medical students’ knowledge of hand hygiene and vaccination. A Bachelor of Medical Sciences was awarded by UCC (2004).

Luís Filipe Gomes Malheiro
Infectious Diseases
Hospital São João
Porto, Portugal


Luis is a trainee in Infectious Diseases (ID), currently in his 5th year of training. Apart from his clinical training in HIV infection, tuberculosis and community and healthcare-associated infections, he has also been developing his PhD on the evaluation of endothelial dysfunction in the critically ill patient with severe sepsis and septic shock. In 2014 he obtained the East African Diploma in Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, based in Tanzania and Uganda where he gained experience in working in low resources countries. Alongside clinical and academic work, he is also committed to the training of medical students as a volunteer teacher, and participates in the organization and lecturing of the ‘Postgraduate Course in Antimicrobials’ (2013-2016), ‘Postgraduate Course in Travel Medicine’ (2015-2016) and the ‘Infection Control and Antibiotic Stewardship course for medical interns’ (2014-2015). He has been invited to lecture the 'Master Degree in Health Educational Sciences' of the Public Health Institute (2014-2015) and to some international lectures on HIV infection. He was nominated as the Infectious Diseases Steward, on behalf of the National Council of Medical Interns and the Portuguese Medical Association, being responsible for the evaluation of the suitability of Infectious Diseases departments in providing training. He is also a "Doctors of the World" collaborator and co-founder of the 'Porto Escondido' project, in which a multidisciplinary team gives weekly care, STD screening and counselling to commercial sex workers, homeless adults and people who inject drugs, linking them to healthcare.