We are currently researching into

Infectious Disease

Infectious diseases are conditions caused by organisms such as bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. They can affect multiple organs of the body including the skin which is often subjected to infection by the bug Staphylococcus aureus, of which New Zealand has some of the highest rates in the developed world.

Funding Amount:

$585,000.00

In Progress Research

Improving treatments for children with joint infections

Associate Professor Tony Walls University of Otago Bone and joint infections, such as osteomyelitis and septic arthritis, can seriously affect the quality of life for affected children. Caused by bacterial infections, these conditions often require hospitalisation, administration of intravenous antibiotic treatments and lengthy antibiotic treatment after discharge. The duration of a hospital stay ranges from a few days to 2…

Randomised controlled trial (RCT) comparing three different treatments for mild to moderate impetigo in children

Dr Alison Leversha University of Auckland What is the problem and who does it affect? Serious skin infections have been among the top three reasons for admission to Starship and KidzFirst hospitals over the last 15 years. The effects are disproportionately borne by Pacific and Maori children, who are four – five times, and two – three times, more likely…



Recently Completed Research

The search for new drugs to fight drug-resistant staphylococcal skin infections

Dr Siouxsie Wiles University of Auckland What is the problem and who does it affect? Infectious microbes place a large burden on our health system, causing more than one in four overnight stays in New Zealand hospitals. Worryingly, our rates for infectious diseases are higher than those of similarly developed countries. Skin infections alone are estimated to cost District Health…

Novel treatments to treat antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcal skin infections

Dr Siouxsie Wiles University of Auckland What is the problem and who does it affect? Infectious microbes are responsible for as many as 1 in 4 hospital admissions in New Zealand. This burden disproportionately falls on Maori and Pacific children, while at the same time, costs DHBs $15m each year. Additional to this, the capacity of medical personnel is stretched,…



Real stories of kids living with Infectious Diseases

Addison

Addison was diagnosed with a staph infection, which caused damage to her heart.

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Eva

Eva was born with only half a diaphragm after suffering a diaphragmatic hernia during…

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