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A Message from the Principal Investigator

Dr. Robert Daum

Colleagues and patients:

Welcome to the MRSA Research Center Website.

Staphylococcus aureus is now the most common organism isolated from patients. It is a remarkably versatile organism, well adapted to its human host. Able to colonize 25-35% of us asymptomatically, it can also turn on its host and cause a wide variety of infectious diseases ranging from skin and soft tissue infections to overwhelming sepsis with a rapid, downhill course.

Methicillin resistant S. aureus (MRSA) brings the added problem of resistance to all available beta-lactam antimicrobials including penicillins and cephalosporins. Now a decade with a MRSA epidemic in the community, research is still needed to understand the new MRSA epidemiology and how the new MRSA community strains cause severe disease. New antibiotics are needed to aid the dwindling options for therapy. Ultimately a vaccine may need to be developed.

Many patients have questions. Our hope is to answer those most frequently asked and to provide a center for scientists and clinicians to learn what is happening in the field. We hope navigating the site is simple and the information obtained of use. Let us hear from you with comments and suggestions.

Robert S. Daum, MD, CM
Principal Investigator
MRSA Research Center
University of Chicago Medical Center

Dr. Robert Daum Talks About Staphylococcus aureus