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Rutgers gets up to $26 million grant to lead development of new antibiotics
Date:4/25/2014

NEWARK, N.J. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has selected infectious disease expert David Perlin, executive director of the Public Health Research Institute at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, to lead a major research effort aimed at developing new forms of antibiotics to regain the upper hand over deadly bacteria that have become resistant to current treatments.

With a five-year grant of up to $26 million, Perlin will participate in the Centers of Excellence for Translational Research (CETR), a public-private partnership that brings together prominent scientists from Rutgers as well as other institutions. "We are poised for a new era of antimicrobial discovery," says Perlin. "By joining together leading researchers from academia and the commercial sector in a highly interactive collaborative partnership, and providing comprehensive resources that support drug discovery, we can overcome many of the barriers that limit antibiotic development and begin to reinvigorate the drug pipeline."

When modern antibiotics were introduced in the 1940s to help control deadly bacterial disease, they were greeted as wonder drugs. Now, just a few generations later, bacteria have adapted and become resistant to many of those drugs, creating a profound new threat to human health.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million people are sickened every year in the United States with antibiotic-resistant infections resulting in at least 23,000 deaths, and health experts predict that serious illness with enhanced death tolls will continue to rise without major new drug discoveries. With few new drugs being developed, many serious infections have become largely untreatable.

Senior leaders of the research team assembled by Perlin, who also is executive director of the Regional Biocontainment Laboratory (RBL) at Rutgers, include S
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Contact: Rob Forman
robert.forman@rutgers.edu
973-972-7276
Rutgers University
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