Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Research project to identify best ways of treating and preventing hospital ’superbugs’

22.11.2005


Researchers at The University of Nottingham are joining forces with health protection specialists to study the spread of hospital ’superbugs’ such as MRSA and identify successful methods of prevention and treatment.



The results of the research project could be used to inform future best practice guidance for hospitals and health professionals.

The three-year project is being carried out by Dr Phil O’Neill in the University’s School of Mathematical Sciences, Dr Ben Cooper and colleagues at the Health Protection Agency in London and University College London Hospitals, and is funded with £113,726 from the Wellcome Trust.


The researchers will use state-of-the-art computer technology and mathematical modelling to analyse data taken from hospitals where outbreaks have occurred.

Hospital-acquired infections represent a major threat to patient welfare and have a substantial financial impact on the National Health Service. Infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria such as methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are of particular concern because they are so difficult to treat.

In particular, the researchers are hoping to shed light on the effect of various antibiotics on a range of infections, the way in which different strains of infections work together, often causing infections to worsen, and the methods that are used to prevent and contain outbreaks.

Dr O’Neill said: "The data that we have from the hospitals is exceptionally detailed, so we will be using sophisticated computational methods to extract the relevant information and analyse it.

"We believe our methods will be an improvement on the way in which this kind of information has been analysed in the past as it will allow us to look at how various factors interact with each other, which has previously been overlooked."

The type of data being analysed could include anything from information on the number of infected patients on a ward, the type of treatments and drugs they received and the results of swab tests to methods used to try to avoid or control infections, such as hygiene practices and isolating affected patients.

The researchers will be looking for patterns in the successful treatment and management of infections that could lead to new strategies for handling and preventing outbreaks.

Dr Phil O’Neill | alfa
Further information:
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/public-affairs/press-releases/index.phtml?menu=pressreleases&code=RES-173/05&create_date=21-nov-2005

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Biofilm discovery suggests new way to prevent dangerous infections
23.05.2017 | University of Texas at Austin

nachricht Another reason to exercise: Burning bone fat -- a key to better bone health
19.05.2017 | University of North Carolina Health Care

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: A quantum walk of photons

Physicists from the University of Würzburg are capable of generating identical looking single light particles at the push of a button. Two new studies now demonstrate the potential this method holds.

The quantum computer has fuelled the imagination of scientists for decades: It is based on fundamentally different phenomena than a conventional computer....

Im Focus: Turmoil in sluggish electrons’ existence

An international team of physicists has monitored the scattering behaviour of electrons in a non-conducting material in real-time. Their insights could be beneficial for radiotherapy.

We can refer to electrons in non-conducting materials as ‘sluggish’. Typically, they remain fixed in a location, deep inside an atomic composite. It is hence...

Im Focus: Wafer-thin Magnetic Materials Developed for Future Quantum Technologies

Two-dimensional magnetic structures are regarded as a promising material for new types of data storage, since the magnetic properties of individual molecular building blocks can be investigated and modified. For the first time, researchers have now produced a wafer-thin ferrimagnet, in which molecules with different magnetic centers arrange themselves on a gold surface to form a checkerboard pattern. Scientists at the Swiss Nanoscience Institute at the University of Basel and the Paul Scherrer Institute published their findings in the journal Nature Communications.

Ferrimagnets are composed of two centers which are magnetized at different strengths and point in opposing directions. Two-dimensional, quasi-flat ferrimagnets...

Im Focus: World's thinnest hologram paves path to new 3-D world

Nano-hologram paves way for integration of 3-D holography into everyday electronics

An Australian-Chinese research team has created the world's thinnest hologram, paving the way towards the integration of 3D holography into everyday...

Im Focus: Using graphene to create quantum bits

In the race to produce a quantum computer, a number of projects are seeking a way to create quantum bits -- or qubits -- that are stable, meaning they are not much affected by changes in their environment. This normally needs highly nonlinear non-dissipative elements capable of functioning at very low temperatures.

In pursuit of this goal, researchers at EPFL's Laboratory of Photonics and Quantum Measurements LPQM (STI/SB), have investigated a nonlinear graphene-based...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

AWK Aachen Machine Tool Colloquium 2017: Internet of Production for Agile Enterprises

23.05.2017 | Event News

Dortmund MST Conference presents Individualized Healthcare Solutions with micro and nanotechnology

22.05.2017 | Event News

Innovation 4.0: Shaping a humane fourth industrial revolution

17.05.2017 | Event News

 
Latest News

A CLOUD of possibilities: Finding new therapies by combining drugs

24.05.2017 | Life Sciences

Carcinogenic soot particles from GDI engines

24.05.2017 | Life Sciences

A quantum walk of photons

24.05.2017 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>