Tuesday, January 15, 2013


Research Seeks to Get a Handle on Resistant Wound Infections
Ohio State researchers have received a 5-year, $2.1 million award from the National Institute of Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health to study resistant wound infections.
Faculty from Ohio State College of Medicine's Department of Microbial Infection and Immunity and The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center's Department of Surgery, Comprehensive Wound Center and Comprehensive Burn Center will use molecular and genomic approaches to define how biofilm-growing bacteria resist treatment and host immune cells.
The focus of the study will be the interaction of the immune system and biofilms, from which a chronic wound model of infection that mimics human disease will be developed. Researchers will test their hypothesis that biofilm-related infections delay healing in human wound infections. The findings will be integral to the development of novel therapeutics to combat biofilm infections.