2581. Closing Plenary Presentation: Turning the Phage on Antibiotics
Session: Plenary Session: Closing Plenary: From Science Fiction to Clinical Trial: The Use of Phage to Treat Antibiotic Resistant Infections
Sunday, October 7, 2018: 9:15 AM
Room: W 2005-2024
Steffanie Strathdee, PhD, Medicine, 9500 Gilman Drive, CRSF building, 3rd floor, La Jolla, CA; UCSD, La Jolla, CA

Dr. Strathdee is an infectious disease epidemiologist who is renowned for her research on the intersection of HIV and drug use, having generated >500 scholarly publications. She is Associate Dean of Global Health Sciences and Harold Simon Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego where she directs a campus-wide Global Health Institute. She is married to Thomas L. Patterson, Professor of Psychiatry at UC San Diego, where they co-direct a research and training program on the Mexico-US border. Strathdee was credited with saving her husband’s life from a deadly superbug infection using bacteriophage therapy. The case, which involved cooperation from three universities, the U.S. Navy and researchers across the globe, shows how phage therapy is a future weapon against multi-drug resistant bacterial infections which are expected to kill 10 million people per year by 2050.

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