Biofilms – the eradication has begun

Research

Biofilms, the slimy, glue-like membranes that protect microbes from the body’s immune system and increase their resistance to antibiotics, represent one of the biggest threats to patients in hospital settings. But there is good news – a research team led by the RI-MUHC and SickKids in Toronto has developed a novel enzyme technology that prevents the formation of biofilms and can also break them down.

New hope in the fight against superbugs

Research

Antibiotic resistance is a growing global health threat.  So much so that a 2014 study commissioned by the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom predicted that, if the problem is left unchecked, in less than 35 years more people will die from antibiotic resistant superbugs than from cancer. But a discovery by McGill researchers could lead to the design of next-generation antibiotics.