The need to understand and develop treatments for infectious diseases is great. It is currently estimated that within the next 10 years many antibiotics currently employed for treating bacterial infections will no longer be effective due to microbial resistance. Drug-resistant strains of some pathogens, such as the bacteria that cause tuberculosis, have already appeared. In addition, very few treatments for viral infections exist to date. Moreover, several deadly viral agents are on the rise.
How our research helps improve health
With continued exploration of how viral and bacterial infections attack the body and spread, researchers can develop vaccines and treatments for diseases. These could be crucial when the next pandemic illness strikes, and can improve the quality of life for those living will illnesses such as HIV.