A professor of prosthodontic research at Louisiana State University has been awarded a $1.8 million grant by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to support research to reduce the death rate from intra-abdominal infections caused by both fungal and bacterial pathogens. These types of polymicrobial infections are increasingly common among hospitalized patients, have a high death rate, and are currently under-researched.
The research team will work to characterize the mechanisms contributing to and promoting synergy between C. albicans and Staphylococcus aureus, a bacterial pathogen, in lethal intra-abdominal infections. The researchers also hope to identify points for targeted treatment to decrease the severity of the infection and improve survival. Far from limited to aesthetic restorations, the role of prosthodontics in research related to overall wellness continues to strengthen.
The linked between these pathogens, prosthodontics, and reduced intra-abdominal infections will help healthcare professionals in all fields better-treat these often deadly infections. If you have questions regarding your smile, your health, and your need for prosthodontic care, contact your Jacksonville dentist Dr. Tiffany Shields today!