UGA Researchers Receive Nearly $2 Million to Study Pneumonia
Researchers at the University of Georgia have received a five-year, $1.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funds will be used to study the leading cause of pneumonia in older children and young adults.
UGA Professor Duncan Krause and his team of collaborators are particularly interested in how Mycoplasma pneumoniae moves within human airways.
M. pneumoniae travels like a rock climber, attaching and releasing chemical bonds as it traverses human tissues one foothold at a time. Eventually, the bacteria reach areas of the respiratory tract where new chemical bonds allow it to stick and multiply, leading to infection and illness.
A fundamental goal of the new research project is to better understand how the bacterium eludes the immune system and common antibiotic treatment….which can often lead to persistent infection or life-altering conditions like asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.