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Biological Sciences

Research project: Reducing the Burden of intravenous drug/nutrition delivery system infections using novel anti-biofilm strategies.

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Biofilms are established as a major cause of indwelling catheter infections in all medical conditions requiring medium (weeks) or long (months to years) term venous access.  Novel diagnostic techniques are required to establish the nature and extent of biofilm initiation, maintenance and ability to cause clinical infection.

Peripheral or central venous catheters (CVC's) are indispensable in the care of many hospital in-and out-patients. Though a necessity they carry the possibility of causing bloodstream infections which can lead to bacteraemia and can often prove to be fatal if left untreated.

This project will focus on peripherally inserted central catheters (PICCs) obtained from patients.



The studentship is funded in part by a University of Southampton Scholarship and partly by the joint Biomedical Research Units (October 2010 to September 2013)



Lead supervisors: P. Stoodley (nCATS, SES) & S. Faust (Clinical Infectious Diseases/WTCRF/RD-BRU/SoM);
Co-supervisors - Biofilm biology  J. Webb (SBS), L Hall-Stoodley (WTCRF/SoM)

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Biomedical Sciences
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