Bacterial filamentation as a survival strategy: a goldmine for the discovery of new cell division regulators [ 2010 - 2012 ]

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Researchers A/Prof EJ Harry; Dr T Thomas; Dr JA Triccas; Prof WJ Britton

Brief description The increasing emergence of untreatable bacterial infections is a serious threat to the health of Australians. Medical advances (organ transplants, chemotherapy), increases in diabetes, and an aging population increase the risk of infections caused by bacteria that are now resistant to most available antibiotics. New classes of antibiotics are urgently needed to treat these infections. This project uses a novel approach to identify the mechanisms bacterial cells use to control their growth and avoid attack by our immune system. The research will identify potential targets for the development of new, effective antibiotics to kill multi-resistant bacteria, and ensure Australia's position at the forefront of infection control.

Funding Amount $300,000

Funding Scheme Discovery Projects

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