University of Michigan announces $9.2M C. diff prevention effort

The University of Michigan, based in Ann Arbor, has established a $9.2 million effort against Clostridium difficile, thanks in part to a new grant from the National Institutes of Health.

U-M will be putting the money toward existing research on the antibiotic-resistant bacteria, including efforts to create computational models to understand, predict and create tools to fight C. diff.

"This should help us lay the groundwork for both short- and long-term solutions to the C. difficile crisis, by understanding what puts patients at risk for C. difficile infection, and how we can best protect and cure them," said team leader Vincent Young, MD, PhD.

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