Oct. 30, 2018
Barbara W. Trautner, M.D., Ph.D. has been awarded a Rehabilitation Research and Development Service (RR&D) Merit Review grant of $994,894 over 4 years for her study, “Bacteriophage to treat Multidrug-resistant UTI in Persons with Spinal Cord Injury.” Bacteriophages have high specificity for many strains of drug-resistant bacteria, and unlike broadly targeted antibiotics, phages may not be associated with some of the side effects, such as killing off beneficial gut bacteria.
Dr. Trautner is the director of Clinical and Health Services Research in the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and an associate professor in the Section of Health Services Research in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Trautner’s primary research interest is the development of antibiotic-sparing strategies for the prevention and management of urinary tract infections. She has worked in this area for over 20 years, supported by funding from the NIH, VA, CDC, and AHRQ.