Microbes, collectively, include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites. For the past 70 years, antimicrobial drugs, such as antibiotics, have been successfully used to treat patients with bacterial and infectious diseases. Over time, however, many infectious organisms have adapted to the drugs designed to kill them, making the products less effective. To address this growing problem, NIAID is funding and conducting research on many aspects of antimicrobial (drug) resistance, including basic research on how microbes develop resistance, new and faster diagnostics, and clinical trials designed to find new vaccines and treatments effective against drug-resistant microbes.
Media Availability: NIH-Funded Researchers Find Off-Patent Antibiotics Effectively Combat MRSA Skin Infections—March 19, 2015
Scientists Pinpoint Factors Contributing to Resistance to Key Malaria Drug—Dec. 11, 2014
Media Availability: NIH Launches Phase I Clinical Trial of Novel Drug to Treat Clostridium difficile Infection—July 9, 2014
Bulletin: NIH Funding Opportunity Focuses on Diagnostics for Hospital-Based Antibacterial-Resistant Infections—April 4, 2014
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Last Updated March 18, 2015