ECU Scientist Receives $1.6 million for Germ Study

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Researchers at the Brody School of Medicine are looking at ways to control a germ that causes serious infections in hospital patients and people who have cystic fibrosis with help from a five-year, $1.6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Everett Pesci, an associate professor of microbiology and immunology, received the grant to study Pseudomonas aeruginosa, a bacterium that causes approximately 10 percent of hospital infections and chronic lung infections in approximately 90 percent of people with cystic fibrosis.

Such infections are a major problem for hospitals and are the primary source of progressive lung dysfunction for C.F. patients.