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Infectious Disease

We're 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.

In Progress

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

Can hydrogen peroxide cream be at least as effective as the increasingly antibiotic-resistant conventional treatment, fusidic acid? Also included is a comparison to simple wound care as a control.

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

The search for, and assessment of, resilient antibiotics for effective treatment of skin infections through the screening of a unique collection of native New Zealand fungi.

Recently Completed

Novel treatments to treat antibiotic-resistant Staphylococcal skin infections

In the presence of ferrous iron, vitamin C-based antibiotic creams can be resensitised to kill the superbug staphylococcus aureus (SA). This project will repurpose anti-aging creams to kill SA.