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The MRSA Research Center Team Welcomes You

What disease kills more Americans a year than AIDS? If you don’t know about MRSA, you’re not alone.

  • "MRSA" stands for "methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus."
  • MRSA, pronounced "mursa," is a bacterium that causes a number of hard-to-treat infections. It is a drug-resistant strain of Staphylococcus aureus, or "the golden cluster seed," a spherical bacterium that is the most common cause of staph infections.
  • Each year, 90,000 Americans suffer from invasive MRSA infection. About 20,000 die. Many are children.
  • At the MRSA Research Center, we seek to prevent, control, and treat MRSA through basic scientific and clinical research. Our hope is that, together, we can help fill many of the gaps in our knowledge about MRSA.


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Simon Sol Sparrow Simon Sol Sparrow, given the Spanish middle name of “sol” or “sun” to reflect the glow of his golden curls, was a healthy, happy, curious, funny, gorgeous, and loving boy who died suddenly in 2004 at one and one-half years of age.  At the time of Simon’s death, neither his devastated parents nor his healthcare providers knew the cause of death.  An autopsy revealed that community-associated methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus (CA-MRSA) was the foe that ravaged Simon.

Since then, many strides have been made in the understanding, prevention, management, and treatment of MRSA.  However, much remains a mystery about the ways in which MRSA works.

The MRSA Research Center has created “The Simon Fund” to remind ourselves why our work is ultimately so important.

In Simon’s memory and to save the lives of countless children, please support the MRSA Research Center’s groundbreaking research.  Thank you.