Gates Foundation awards WA research $US100,000

31/05/2016 - 15:27

A professor and his research team focused on antibiotic resistance at the University of Western Australia are the latest recipients of award funding worth $US100,000 ($A138,000) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

A professor and his research team focused on antibiotic resistance at the University of Western Australia are the latest recipients of award funding worth $US100,000 ($A138,000) from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The UWA School of pathology and laboratory medicine professor Tim Inglis said the funds would go toward developing a screening test that was expected to detect antibiotic resistance.

“Resistant bacteria are chipping away at the 20 years antibiotics add to our life expectancy,” he said.

The research team will use the screen test to provide evidence-based support when it comes to making decisions around prescriptions.

“Faster methods of detecting resistance are urgently needed so that we can reserve antibiotics for infections where they have proven benefit,” Professor Inglis said.

The grant is part of the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative funded by the Gates Foundation and is internationally competitive, focused on funding innovative solutions that address persistent global health and development challenges.

Initial grants of $US100,000 are awarded twice a year and, if the funded projects display significant successful results, there is an opportunity to receive a follow-on grant of up to $US 1million.

Professor Inglis said his team of young researchers was already starting to profile antibiotic action to assist in clinical solutions.

 

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