$15M gift will help fight infections and immune threats to human health

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A $15-million gift from the visionary Montreal-based Doggone Foundation will launch the McGill Interdisciplinary Initiative in Infection and Immunity, a unique and highly collaborative endeavour that will harness the scientific expertise, resources and creativity of researchers at McGill, the McGill University Health Centre and affiliated research partners in the battle against infectious and immune-related diseases.

Biofilms – the eradication has begun


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


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.