[Cite as http://purl.org/au-research/grants/arc/LP130100572]
Researchers A/Prof Karen Vickery; Prof Iain Gosbell; Dr Slade Jensen; Dr Trevor Glasbey; Mr Gregory Whiteley;
Brief description Most bacteria live attached to surfaces, in communities called biofilms. Antibiotic resistant bacteria, such as methicillin resistant Staphylocccus aureus (MRSA) have been found in hospitals on bedside surfaces. Up to 20% of patients in intensive care units develop antibiotic resistant infections and environmental contamination plays a large part in transmission of these infections. Biofilms are not removed by currently used detergents and disinfectants, so therefore our aim is to develop new agents to efficiently remove biofilms infecting hospital surfaces. By removing biofilms and hence reducing the number of resistant bacteria in the environment we expect to decrease infection rates, save lives and reduce healthcare costs.
Funding Amount 354087
Funding Scheme Linkage Projects