Navigation Links
Pitt receives $4.7 million award to reduce hospital-acquired infections

PITTSBURGH, March 18 The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has received a four-year, $4.7 million grant from the Pennsylvania Department of Health to find new ways to stop deadly hospital-acquired infections that often are resistant to treatment. The grant, funded by Pennsylvania's share of the national 2008-2009 tobacco settlement, will focus on C. difficile, A. baumannii and the drug-resistant bacteria known as MRSA, which cause tens of thousands of deaths in the U.S. every year.

"Infections that are resistant to antibiotics are becoming increasingly problematic not only in the United States, but around the world," said Lee Harrison, M.D., principal investigator of the grant and professor of medicine and epidemiology, University of Pittsburgh. "We not only need to develop new drugs, but also to improve infection surveillance and focus on targeted interventions."

The grant will enable investigators to establish a Center of Excellence in Prevention and Control of Antibiotic-Resistant Bacterial Infections at the University of Pittsburgh, and will include partnerships with several UPMC hospitals, Carnegie Mellon University and Kane Regional Centers of Allegheny County.

The project will assess the medical and economic impacts of new strategies to prevent and control hospital-acquired infections, which were diagnosed in 27,000 patients in Pennsylvania in 2007. Patients with these infections were hospitalized three times longer and their admissions were four times as expensive as non-infected patients.

Most bacterial infections can be effectively controlled with existing antibiotic drugs, but microbial pathogens like C. difficile, A. baumannii and MRSA have an inherent ability to develop drug resistance through many genetic mechanisms, making them particularly difficult to treat.

Co-investigators on the grant include Scott Curry, M.D., Jo-anne Burge, M.D., Yohei Doi, M.D., Bruce Lee, M.D., and Paula Davis, all with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

The grant was awarded as part of the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE), which supports clinical, health services and biomedical research, and was one of only four awarded to address 2008-2009 Health Research Advisory Committee priorities.


Contact: Clare Collins
University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences

Related medicine news :

1. The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing Receives $50,000 Grant From the Verizon Foundation for Telenursing Pilot Program
2. Medivation Receives FDA Permission to Initiate Phase 3 Trial of MDV3100 in Castration-Resistant Prostate Cancer
3. Urban Health Plan Receives $1.3M from Economic Stimulus Package to Increase Health Care Access in Corona, Queens
4. CUREXO Technology Corporation Receives Quality Certificate
5. Silk Information Systemss Silk V 4.2 Receives 08 CCHIT Certification
6. Poniard Pharmaceuticals Receives Going Concern Qualification
7. Insulet Receives $60 Million Funding Commitment
8. Advanced Data System's MedicsDocAssistant™ EHR Receives 08 CCHIT Certification
9. UCSF Medical Center receives $125 million gift to build new hospital
10. Professional Healthcares Hospice Program Receives CHAP Accreditation
11. MESSA Receives National Recognition for Best Practices in Providing Efficient, Cost-Effective Customer Service
Post Your Comments:
(Date:6/27/2016)... Lafayette, California (PRWEB) , ... ... ... a pioneer in the patient payment industry today announced its strategic partnership ... and health system workflows. , The two companies’ proven, proprietary technology combine ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Pixel Film Studios Released ProSlice Levels, a Media Slicing Effect Plugin ... whole new perspective by using the title layers in ProSlice Levels to split-up ... Levels contains over 30 Different presets to choose from. FCPX users can ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... Austin residents seeking Mohs surgery ... of Mohs Surgery and to Dr. Russell Peckham for medical and surgical dermatology. , ... for skin cancer. The selective fellowship in Mohs Micrographic Surgery completed by Dr. Dorsey ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... ... June 25, 2016 , ... ... recover from injury. Recently, he has implemented orthobiologic procedures as a method for ... is one of the first doctors to perform the treatment. Orthobiologics are substances ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... , ... June 24, 2016 , ... June 19, 2016 ... dangers associated with chronic pain and the benefits of holistic treatments, Serenity Recovery ... are suffering with Sickle Cell Disease. , Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) is a disorder ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... , June 23, 2016 ... CAPR ), a biotechnology company focused on the ... announced that patient enrollment in its ongoing randomized ... has exceeded 50% of its 24-patient target. Capricor ... the third quarter of 2016, and to report ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... -- Astellas today announced the establishment of Astellas Farma Colombia (AFC), a new affiliate with operations headquartered in ... . ... ... ... Astellas is ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016  Experian Health, the healthcare industry ... patient payment and care experience, today announced ... and services that will enhance the breadth ... These award-winning solutions will enable healthcare professionals ... in an ever-changing environment and redefine front-office ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: