A chance conversation between researchers at Queen's led to their combined expertise in developing a ground-breaking approach for the treatment of pneumonia.
"This microbe is a particularly difficult bug to treat due to increasing number of isolates resistant to virtually all currently available antibiotics.
"It actually hides in the lung by sneaking inside immune cells, making it exceptionally hard to access with antibiotics. This hidden infection can then re-emerge and cause pneumonia in patients".
"This is a perfect example of how thinking out of the box and combining very different expertise, you can have an eureka moment!
"These exciting research findings are very much in line with the research ethos of the University, which is centred on global challenges.
"Pneumonia remains a global health emergency. By developing this treatment that has proven to tackle this deadly strain of bacteria, our research partnership could change the lives of people across the world."
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