The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded more than $9 million dollars to 25 institutions to research antibiotic resistance in the human microbiome, surface water and soil, and health care settings. Recipients include five members of America’s Essential Hospitals:

  • Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute at the University of California San Francisco;
  • The Ohio State University;
  • The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia;
  • University of Alabama at Birmingham; and
  • the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Grant recipients will use this funding to develop and assess strategies to protect patients from resistance threats. Research will focus on the human microbiome, or the naturally occurring germs in and around human bodies, and the occurrence of antibiotic resistance elements — genetic material that can contribute to antibiotic resistance when combined with bacteria — in environmental settings.

The CDC will use findings from these projects to inform its research as part of the newly launched Antibiotic Resistance Solutions Initiative.

Contact Director of Policy Erin O’Malley at eomalley@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0127 with questions.