Gary Dmitrienko receives grant for antibiotic resistance research

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Research teams join forces, get money to take on antibiotic resistance

from the Daily Bulletin, November 15, 2011

Antibiotics Goodyear 2011 speech

Researchers from Canada and the United Kingdom will be receiving more than $7 million over four years to combat antibiotic resistance. Two Canada-UK research teams have been funded through the Canada/UK Partnership on Antibiotic Resistance, a collaboration between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the UK Medical Research Council.

Minister of State for Science and Technology Gary Goodyear (above; photo by Chris Hughes, ELED Photography) was on hand to make the announcement, with members of the UK Medical Research Council and researchers participating via video.

Antibiotic resistance is a serious challenge facing Canadians and our health care system," said Minister Goodyear. "Our Government is pleased to support this important collaborative effort to develop new strategies and tools to protect Canadians from antibiotic resistant infections.

Gary Dmitrienko giving speechThe first team is led by Professor Gary Dmitrienko of the University of Waterloo (left, photo by Chris Hughes) and Professor Tim Walsh of the University of Cardiff and will focus on hospital acquired infections with the aim of developing a new treatment for infections caused by bacteria resistant to beta-lactam antibiotics like penicillin. Dmitrienko's team will receive $3,565,700 over four years.

The second team involves researchers from the University of Guelph and the University of Warwick and will focus on increasing understanding of bacterial cell wall growth and production with the aim of identifying new targets for the development of antibiotics. It will receive $3,559,352 over four years.