Dr lee has been involved in the development of national and international guidance and has over 40 publications and reports on water quality and hygiene and including:

  • Author and editor of the World Health Organizations’ Water Safety in Buildings
  • Author and editor of the World Health Organizations’ Legionella and the prevention of legionellosis
  • Member of the working group updating the Department of Health Guidance HTM 04-01 parts A-C 2016
  • Editor / Author ESGLI Technical Guidelines for the Control and Prevention of Travel Associated Legionnaires Disease 2017
  • Scientific Committee Member FIS/HIS conference 2016
  • Contributor, WHO Guidelines for drinking water quality
  • Editor, European working European Guidelines for Control and Prevention of Travel Associated Legionnaires’ Disease, published on the ECDC website
  • Member of the working group updating the HSE guidance HSG 274
  • Member of the working group updating guidance for  spa pools HSG 282 2015 –2017 current

Recent Publications

  • Leiblein, T., Tucker, M., Ashall, M., Lee, S.B., Gollnisch, C. and S. Hofer. „Duty holders for Legionella prevention in healthcare organisations: The implications for Facility Management”. Poster first published at ESGLI Conference, Third Annual Scientific Conference, London, 16.-17.09.2015. Poster Session 4 “Microbial Ecology, Prevention and Control Strategies”, Poster No. 4/P45. Printed in Waterline – Journal of the Water Management Society (ISSN: 09547711), Winter 2016-15, p. 36

  • Sartory DP; Pauly D; Garrec N; Bonadonna L; Semproni M; Schell C; Reimann A; Firth SJ; Thom C; Hartemann P; Exner M; Baldauf H; Lee S; Lee JV; (2014) , Evaluation of an MPN test for the rapid enumeration of Pseudomonas aeruginosa in hospital waters, Journal Of Water And Health. vol. 13, issue 2, p 427, ISSN 14778920. ISBN 14778920

  • John Alvey • David Bebbington • Philip Chown • Giles Green, David Little • George Piper • Susanne Surman-Lee (Revised January 2014) Managing the Risk of Legionnaires’ disease in Vehicle Wash Systems W046 Guidance produced by Water Management Society Working Party

  • S Lee and JV Lee (2013) ; Outbreak Investigations and Identification of Legionella in Contaminated Water Chapter  in Methods in molecular biology (Clifton, N.J.) 954:87-118 · January 2013

  • J.V. Lee, S. Lai, M. Exner, J. Lenz, V. Gaia, S. Casati, P. Hartemann, C. Lück, B. Pangon,  M.L. Ricci, M.Scaturro, S. Fontana, M. Sabria, I. Sánchez , and S Surman-Lee. (2011) An international trial of quantitative PCR for monitoring for Legionella in artificial water systems, Journal of Applied Microbiology, Volume 110, Issue 4, pages 1032–1044,

  • Grenfell P, Little CL, Surman-Lee S, Greenwood M, Averns J, Westacott S, Lane C, et al., (2008) The microbiological quality of potable water on board ships docking in the UK and the Channel Islands: an association of Port Health Authorities and Health Protection Agency Study. Journal of Water and Health [2008), 6(2):215-24]

  • Lock K, Millett C,Heathcock R,Joseph CA,Harrison TG,.Lee JV,Rao G, et al. (2007)  Public health and economic costs of investigating a suspected outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease.  Epidemiology and Infection 2008, 136(10):1306-14]

  • K Beyrer; S Lai; JM Dreesman; JV Lee; Carol A Joseph; T Harrison; Susanne Surman-lee; C Lück; Bonita Brodhun; U Buchholz; A Windorfer, (2007): Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated with a cruise liner, August 2003: epidemiological and microbiological findings; Epidemiology and infection 2007;135(5):802-10.

  • Bentham R, Surman-Lee S, Lee JV, Briand E, Van de Kooj D.  (2007) Potable water distribution systems Chapter 3 in Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis.  In: Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis. Bartram, J., Chartier, Y., Lee, J.V., Pond, K. and Surman-Lee, S. (eds) World Health Organisation. Geneva, Switzerland. Chapter 3. pp 59-73 ISBN 92 4 156297 8.

  • Surman-Lee, S., Fields, B.S., Hornei, B., Ewig, S., Exner, M., Tartakovsky, I., Lajoie, L., Dangendorf, F., Bentham, R. H., Cabanes, P.A., Fourriere, P., Trouvet, T. and Wallet, F. Ecology and Environmental sources of Legionella. In: Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis. Bartram, J., Chartier, Y., Lee, J.V., Pond, K. and Surman-Lee, S. (eds) World Health Organisation. Geneva, Switzerland. Chapter 2. pp 49-57 ISBN 92 4 156297 8.

  • Surman-Lee, S, Could you cause legionnaire’s disease? Recreation July/August 2006.

  • Rooney R, Lee JV, Crespi S, Panie G, Chevet PF, Trouvet T & Surman-Lee S. Legionnaires’ disease associated with hotels and ships. Chapter 6. in Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis.  WHO (2007)  ISBN 92 4 156297 8

  • Surman-Lee S, Drasar V & Lee JV.  Natural spas, hot tubs and swimming pools.  Chapter 7 in Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis.  WHO (2007) ISBN 92 4 156297 8

  • Surman-Lee, S. and Bentham, R.  Environmental Sampling Data to Determine Risk – a UK Perspective. In: Proceedings of the 6th International Legionella Conference, Cianciotto, N., Swanson, M., Abu Kwaik, Y., Fields, B.S., and Geary, D. (eds) Hyatt Regency, Chicago, Illinois. USA, October 16-20 2005. American Society for Microbiology.

  • Caroline L Pankhurst, Wilson Coulter, John N Philpott-Howard, Susanne Surman-Lee, Fiona Warburton, Stephen Challacombe (2005)Evaluation of the potential risk of occupational asthma in dentists exposed to contaminated dental unit waterlines.Prim Dent Care 2005 Apr;12(2):53-9

  • Robert J Owen; S A Chisholm; G Brick; JV Lee; Susanne Surman-Lee; S Lai; B Said; Gordon Nichols; Culture of Helicobacter pylori from domestic water samples–the impact of strain variation on growth on solid and in liquid media. (2006:)Water science and technology : a journal of the International Association on Water Pollution Research 2006;54(3):147-52.

  • C L Watson; Robert J Owen; B Said; S Lai; JV Lee; Susanne Surman-lee; Gordon Nichols 2004: Detection of Helicobacter pylori by PCR but not culture in water and biofilm samples from drinking water distribution systems in England.

  • Journal of applied microbiology 2004;97(4):690-8.Owen RJ, Chisholm SA, Brick G, Lee JV, Surman-Lee S, Lai S, Said B and Nichols G   Culture of Helicobacter pylori from domestic water samples – the impact of strain variation on growth on solid and in liquid media.  Proceedings of 13th International Symposium on Health Related Water Microbiology, Swansea, 5-9 September submitted

  • Joseph C, Lock K, Heathcock R, Millett C, Surman S, Lee JV, Harrison T & Maguire H. 2005 Legionniares’ diseased in southeast London.  Eurosurveillance Weekly 10 (36): 08/09/

  • Belucha Sirerol, Sandra Lai, Stephanie Chisholm, Bengü Said, Gordon Nichols, Susanne Surman-Lee, Robert Owen, John V Lee. Health Significance of Pathogens Associated with Drinking Water Biofilms: Final Report, September 2005 Website Publication Date April 01, 2008 ISBN 978 0 7559 1655 9 (Web only publication

  • Lee J. V.& Surman S B.  2002   Eleven years experience of novel strategies for legionella control in a large teaching hospital.  In Legionella  Eds: Marre R, Abu Kwaik Y, Bartlett C et al. ASM Press, Washington DC pp 398 – 401.

  • Lee J V, Surman S B, Hall M & Cuthbert L.  2002 Development of an international EQA scheme for the isolation of Legionella species from environmental specimens.  In Legionella  Eds: Marre R, Abu Kwaik Y, Bartlett C et al. ASM Press, Washington DC pp 271-274.

  • Vulindlu M, Charlett A, Surman S, Lee JV. 2004 Comparison of agar-based methods for the isolation and enumeration of heterotrophic bacteria with the new multidose IDEXX SimPlate method. Water Sci Technol. 2004;50(1):277-80.

  • Watson CL, Owen RJ, Lai S, Lee JV, Surman S, Nichols G, Said B. 2004 Detection of Helicobacter pylori by culture and PCR in water and biofilm samples from drinking water distribution systems in England. Journal of Applied Microbiology; 97:690-8.

  • Lee JV et al. 2005 The determination of Legionella bacteria in waters and other environmental samples (2005) – Part 1 – rationale of surveying and sampling.  Standing  Committee of Analysts, Environment Agency http://www.environmentagency.gov.uk/commondata/acrobat/book_200_1028650.pdf

  • Rooney R, Lee JV, Crespi S, Panie G, Chevet PF, Trouvet T & Surman-Lee S.  2007 Hotels and ships. Chapter 7. in Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis.  WHO ISBN 92 4 156297 8, pp 103-118

  • Bartram J, Chartier Y, Lee JV, Pond K and Surman-Lee S (Editors) 2007  Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis.  WHO ISBN 92 4 156297 8

  • Surman-Lee S, Drasar V & Lee J. V.,   2007  Natural spas, hot tubs and swimming pools.  Chapter 8 in Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis.  WHO ISBN 92 4 156297 8, pp119 – 136

  • Calvert J, Copping S, Crabb S, Firth P, Gosling H, Johnson M, Lee JV,  Murfin J, Newbold J, Nichols G, Price H, Senior S, Stam P, Steer M, Surman-Lee S, Tomlinson M, Tuckwell S & White P.  2006  Management of Spa Pools: Controlling the Risk of Infection. London: Health Protection Agency. 2006 ISBN 0 901144 80 0

Other Research Reports

Dr Lee has prepared over many scientific reports for contractors.  A selection of recent reports is listed below

  • Lightfoot, D.P.Sartory, G Sprigings, S.Cole, S. Surman, J.Lee, P.Gale, H.Tillet 2000  Comparison of microbiological methods of analysis: organisation and supervision of performance tests. A research report to the Drinking Water Inspectorate, DWI contract 70/2/128

  • Lee J. V.,  Surman S B & Bouwer A  2001  Comparison of GVPC with GVPN Phase II:  inoculation with real samples  Report prepared for Oxoid Ltd.

  • Whale A., Said B., Owen B., Watson C., Drobniewski F., Nichols G., Lee J. V., Weldon L., Edwards R., Lai S., Surman S. 2003. Further studies on the Incidence of Mycobacterium avium Complex (MAC) in drinking water supplies (Including the detection of Helicobacter pylori in water and biofilm samples). A research report from the Health Protection Agency to the Drinking Water Inspectorate DWI/70/2/146  Final report November 2003

  • Brick G., Chisholm S., Owen R., Nichols G., Lee J.V., Lai S., Surman S., Said B.  2004.  Further studies on the incidence of Helicobacter organisms in water supplies. A Research Report from the Health Protection Agency to the Drinking Water Inspectorate for Contract Variation DWI/70/2/146  Final Report – December 2004 84pp

  • Sirerol B., Lai S., Chisholm S., Said B., Nichols G., Surman-Lee S., Owen R., Lee J. V. 2005  Health Significance of Pathogens Associated with Drinking Water Biofilms. Report to the Scottish Executive.  94pp

  • Lane C., Surman-Lee S., Sellwood J., and Lee J. V. 2007.  The Thames Recreational Users Study. Report for the City of London Port Health and Environmental Services Committee 25th September 2007. 24pp.

  • K. Beyrer, S. Lai, j. Dreesman, J. V. Lee, C. Joseph, T. Harrison, S. Surman-lee. C.Luck,. Brodhun, U Buchholz Legionnaires’ disease outbreak associated with a cruise liner,August 2003: epidemiological and microbiological findings. Infect. (2007), 135, 802–810 Cambridge University Press.

  • Bartram, J., Bentham R.H., Briand, E., Callan, P., Crespi, S. Lee, J.V. and Surman-Lee S. Approaches to Risk Management. In: Legionella and the Prevention of Legionellosis. Bartram, J., Chartier, Y., Lee, J.V., Pond, K. and Surman-Lee, S. (eds) World Health Organisation. Geneva, Switzerland. Chapter 3. pp 59-73 ISBN 92 4 156297 8.