UW-Madison team to search for new antibiotics

Special to The Freeman

April 14, 2014

MADISON – A University of Wisconsin-Madison research team has been awarded up to $16 million from the National Institutes of Health to find new sources of antibiotics to combat the rising number of antibiotic-resistant infections.

“The number of antibiotic-resistant strains has increased while the discovery of new antibiotics has slowed to a crawl. In fact, there are no new antibiotics,” said David Andes, professor of medicine and division chief of infectious diseases at the UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health.

Team members include Andes, Cameron Currie, Michael Hoffman, Bruce Klein, Rod Welch and Jon Clardy.

The project grant runs for five years, according to a statement.

Traditionally, soil has been mined for antimicrobials, which are used to develop an-tibiotics. But, the UW-Madison team will study natural products from animals, insects, plants and marine life in hopes of finding new antimicrobials, according to the statement.

According to a statement, the goal of the CETR is to find one drug lead in each of the next five years.