Pitt gets $4.7 million for MRSA control research
NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 30, 2009
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine received a $4.7 million grant from the state of Pennsylvania to fund work on preventing and controlling antibiotic-resistant infections, the university announced in March.
The grant will pay for a year of research on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus and other hospital-acquired infections. The Pitt hospitals, Carnegie Mellon University and Kane Regional Centers will collaborate on the project.
"Infections that are resistant to antibiotics are becoming increasingly problematic not only in the United States, but around the world," Lee Harrison, MD, an epidemiologist and principal investigator for the project, said in a statement. "We not only need to develop new drugs, but also to improve infection surveillance and focus on targeted interventions."
Note: This item originally appeared at http://www.ama-assn.org/amednews/2009/03/30/prbf0330.htm.