The Robbie Award for “Most Promising New Research Project”

Dr. Keith Poole of Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario has been awarded project funding of $249,517 for his project to better understand antibiotic resistance in Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Recent research suggests that antibiotic resistant P. aeruginosa in cystic fibrosis lung infections have genetic mutations not typical of other infections caused by this organism.

Dr. Poole is studying these mutations to uncover how they are being selected for in the CF lung environment and how they promote antibiotic resistance. The goal is to develop therapies that prevent their growth by blocking the effects of these mutations.

(In 2007, Cystic Fibrosis Canada honoured The Robbie’s many years of support with the creation of The Robbie Award for Most Promising New Research Project. The award is given to an area of research judged to be on the cutting edge of research in Cystic Fibrosis.)