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Back to the Future: Bacteriophage Therapy for MDR Bacterial Infections

Posted: April 4, 2018

Joseph V. Scaletti Catalyst Lecture

This CTSC-sponsored Cellular and Molecular Basis of Disease (CMBD) Seminar features Robert Schooley, MD and his lecture, "Back to the Future: Bacteriophage Therapy for MDR Bacterial Infections" from 12:00 to 1:00 PM in Domenici West.

Robert T. Schooley, MD, is a Professor of Medicine in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Public Health, at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD).  Dr. Schooley received his medical degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1974 and completed his medical house staff training at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1976.  Dr. Schooley has extensive research experience, serving as faculty at both Harvard Medical School and the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.

Dr. Schooley moved to UCSD in 2005.  This coincided with his shifting interest on global health and the opportunity to develop a multidisciplinary HCV research program.  Working with Dr. Emilia Noormahomed (together with Drs. Benson and Smith), Dr. Schooley provides leadership to the UEM-UCSD Medical Education Partnership Initiative.  This partnership forms the basis of an extensive collaboration between UCSD and Mozambique’s major universities.  This partnership supports education and research in multiple medical specialties, bioinformatics, and engineering.

Dr. Schooley’s presentation highlights a fascinating yet alarming trend resultant from the extensive use of antibiotics in medicine and the livestock industry. The evolution of drug resistant human pathogens on a global basis has necessitated a new approach in drug resistant bacterial infection.  Personalized bacteriophage cocktails have presented promising early anecdotal evidence as viable treatments.  But further development requires rigorous clinical trials to fully evaluate their potential use in treating drug resistant infections.

It is a great honor to host Dr. Schooley at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences CTSC.  Please join us for this fascinating lecture.

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