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July 10, 2019

Research Led by Ghinwa Dumyati Sparks New Federal Guidance for Doctors

Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D.Ghinwa Dumyati, M.D., Director of the Communicable Diseases Surveillance and Prevention Program at the Center for Community Health and Prevention, began tracking bacterial and fungal infections among intravenous drug users two years ago when she noticed a sharp increase in these infections in this population and reported her findings to the Centers for Disease Control. As a result of her research, a new guideline for medical health professionals was issued regarding the risk factors for infection when injecting drugs in a non-prescribed way. Dr. Dumyati was interviewed by WXXI News about her research; see the article posted on their website.

July 10, 2019

AAP Taps Mary Caserta for Infectious Diseases Committee

Mary Caserta, MDMary Caserta, M.D., professor of Pediatrics, was selected by the American Academy of Pediatrics to serve a six-year term on its Committee on Infectious Diseases effective July 1. Caserta is a faculty member in the Division of Pediatric Infectious Diseases and is Director of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Fellowship.

The Committee on Infectious Diseases monitors current developments in the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases and reports these to the membership and broader medical community with recommendations and policy statements. It also prepares updated editions of the Red Book: Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases, recognized as the leading source of information and guidance for practicing pediatricians.

February 19, 2019

Ann Falsey & Thomas Mariani Secure $3.8M NIH Grant to Reduce Antibiotic Overuse

Anne Falsey, MDAnn R. Falsey, M.D., professor of Infectious Diseases, and Thomas J. Mariani, Ph.D., professor of Pediatrics, received a 5-year, $3.8 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to search for a better way to distinguish bacterial and viral respiratory infections. The goal of the study is to define predictive genes – using gene expression profiling of blood – that can be developed into a simple point of care diagnostic that can be used by clinicians to discriminate bacterial and non-bacterial illness. Such a test would allow physicians to optimally manage patients with acute respiratory infections, which are a leading cause of antibiotic overuse and are linked to the rise of antibiotic resistant organisms.

The grant is the result of research done as part of the NIH-funded Respiratory Pathogens Research Center. Falsey and Mariani are the co-principal investigators, and Edward Walsh, M.D., Angela Branche, M.D. and Derick Peterson, Ph.D. are co-investigators.

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