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Hebert Receives R01 Award for Antibiotic Work 

 

A research team at The Ohio State University College of Medicine led by Courtney Hebert, MD, MS, was recently awarded a $1.9-million R01 research award by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for, “Automation and Multi-Site Validation of a Personalized Empiric Antibiotic Advisor.”

“The goal of this project is to help physicians choose the best antibiotic to give to hospitalized patients with infections as soon as possible,” explains Dr. Hebert. “It is important to start an appropriate antibiotic early, before culture results are available. Choosing between antibiotics can be a complicated decision, so we are developing a method that will help physicians select antibiotics that have the best chance of working for each individual patient.”

Dr. Hebert and her team believe this tool will not only be helpful for assigning antibiotics quickly but it could also reduce antibiotic resistance in hospitals. Further research projects regarding multi-drug-resistant organisms are possible based on the success of this tool.

Dr. Hebert’s team is multidisciplinary, spanning infectious diseases, pharmacy, microbiology and biomedical informatics and is developing its methodology at a second site at NorthShore University Health Systems in Chicago. “We are hoping the multi-site design will help show that our methods can be generalizable to other hospitals,” Dr. Hebert shares.

Dr. Hebert is as an assistant professor in Biomedical Informatics at The Ohio State University. She is an alumna of Ohio State’s College of Medicine and received her master’s degree from Ohio State’s College of Public Health with a specialization in biomedical informatics. Her research is inspired from her work as an infectious diseases clinician.​ 

 

Posted on 29-Jul-15 by Buster, Judith
Tags: Research, Events
 
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