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Dr. Elena Sendra receives a pre-doctoral grant from the Catalan Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology

The grant will be used to support research work in the field of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The study will become the grant-winner's doctoral thesis

The Catalan Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SCMIMC) has awarded one of its pre-doctoral grants to Dr. Elena Sendra, a consultant in Hospital del Mar's Infectious Diseases Service. This is a biannual grant that will allow her to develop her doctoral thesis project. The grant was awarded during the XXX Meeting of the society, held on 15th and 16th October in Sitges, Garraf.

The work, the IRVIPA study entitled "Clinical and microbiological study on the impact of multi-resistance on virulence and host response to infection by Pseudomonas aeruginosa", is led by Dr. Silvia Gómez Zorrilla, a consultant in the Infectious Diseases Service and member of the Infectious Pathology and Antimicrobial Research Group at the Hospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM). This is a multicentre study involving fourteen Spanish hospitals that receives funding from the Spanish Society of Infectious Diseases and Clinical Microbiology (SEIMC) and the Carlos III Health Institute (ISCIII). The aim of the research is to assess whether strains of multidrug-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa bacteria are more or less virulent than other strains, considering that they have acquired resistance by accumulating mutations that may have biologically weakened them. The host's immune and inflammatory response to infection will also be analysed.

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