Val Edwards-Jones - United Kingdom (Could essential oils help with prevention and treatment of multiply-antibiotic resistant infections)

She has a breadth of experience in research in diagnostics, antimicrobial resistance, alternative therapies and novel methods.She is also Clinical Director at MelBec Microbiology Ltd, Lancashire, an independent testing company offering microbiology services in the personal care, biocide and health care science industries. A forty year career in Microbiology, she has nineteen years in the NHS and twenty one as an academic researcher. Her research interests are wound infection, toxic shock syndrome, alternative treatment strategies and rapid diagnosis of infection using mass spectrometry. She is consultant Microbiologist for the Channel TV show “Embarrassing Bodies”. She has also written a number of publications and book chapters and has just finished writing a book entitled essential Microbiology for Wound Care due for publication early 2016.