COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am
Ed Sheeran

PhD grant to help antibiotic research

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

A University of Otago PhD student hopes his research into antibiotic resistance will reduce the threat of infectious disease among Maori communities.

Howard Maxwell has been awarded a Maori health research scholarship by the Health Research Council.

He says resistance mechanisms have been observed for nearly every commonly-used antibiotic, and the world is rapidly approaching a post-antibiotic era where no treatment will exist against seemingly insignificant infections.

Maori will be particularly vulnerable due to increased susceptibility to infectious organisms and reliance on antibiotics.

Mr Maxwell is looking at the communication processes within bacteria that control the spread of antibiotic resistance genes.

"They've basically got a multitude of defensive systems but we focus on one, CRISPR-Cas, which stops genes being passed from one bacteria to another, so we hope to understand how bacteria communicate so we can enhance those defence mechanisms to stop that spread," he says.

He's motivated in part by growing up in Opotiki in the eastern Bay of Plenty, where his predominantly Maori community is over-represented in poverty and poor health.

The Health Research Council made 17 Maori career development awards in its latest funding round.



Follow us on p_facebook & p_twitter

Copyright © 2017, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:

Waatea Glass Logo 1
I will continue writing about the state taking children until something meaningful has occurred
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: If you have the privilege of a platform, you must endeavour to use that platform for good. I have written previous columns about the extraordinary abuse of power by the state when they take children into their 'care'.
State Spying and a Police who see no spying, hear no spying and speak no spying
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury:: John Campbell's remarkable investigation at the beginning of the week into a Government agency tasked with looking after earthquake survivors using corporate spies to secretly tape complaining earthquake survivors was made more important by the remarkable announcement midweek from the NZ Police that found nothing illegal in the actions of anyone involved.
Unlocked doors & blind spots: what ANZAC Day criticism of the NZ Police seems to miss
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: There was much anguish made about the NZ Police decision to shut down and limit ANZAC Day events this year.





Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am