Public Health Wales Microbiology
Dr P. Lewis White has been a Principal Clinical Scientist in Public Health Wales Microbiology, Cardiff, for over 15 years. He is the head of the UK Clinical Mycology Network Regional Mycology reference lab, responsible for the implementation of diagnostic driven approaches for the management of invasive fungal disease (IFD), reducing both the incidence of disease and conversely, the use of unnecessary antifungal therapy. He is a fellow of the European Confederation of Medical Mycology (ECMM) and a fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists.
He has extensive research experience in developing, evaluating, standardising and implementing molecular technologies to aid in the diagnosis of IFD and is a founder member of the European Aspergillus PCR Initiative, an international organization involved in standardizing PCR technology for the diagnosis of IFD. He is also a member of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) – Infectious Disease Group involved in the redrafting of the EORTC/MSG definitions for the diagnosis of IFD.
Currently, He is involved in pan-European clinical trials to determine the benefit of diagnostic-driven approaches for managing IFD, and is involved in studies attempting to stratify patients according to clinical and genetic risk factors. He has published extensively in the field of molecular diagnosis of IFD and in 2007 was shortlisted for NHS Healthcare Scientist of the Year in Research and Development.