Quorum-Sensing and Biofilm Formation in MRSA

Des Moines, IA US
April 15, 2011

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Des Moines University faculty, staff, and students.


Alexander Horswill, PhD
University of Iowa

Dr. Horswill indicated no relevant financial relationships to disclose relevant to the content of this CME activity.

Research in the Horswill laboratory is focused on the bacterial pathogen Staphylococcus aureus. S. aureus and methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) are one of the most common causes of acute and chronic infections in our healthcare system.  We are interested in the function of the peptide quorum-sensing system and other signal transduction systems in regulating virulence factor production, and the roles of these systems in biofilm formation and host-pathogen interactions. The ability of S. aureus to develop biofilms on medical implants is an important determinant in infections, and our laboratory is interested in pathways that control formation or dispersal from a biofilm. We are also investigating the function of S. aureus secreted enzymes in host-pathogen interactions, and we are discovering and characterizing small-molecule inhbitors of virulence pathways.   Visit the Research and Publications sections of our website to learn more about our research program.

Course summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)
Course opens: 
Course expires: 
Event starts: 
04/15/2011 - 12:00pm CDT
Event ends: 
04/15/2011 - 1:00pm CDT
Des Moines University
3200 Grand Avenue
SEC #115
Des Moines, IA 50312
United States

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  • 1.00 CE Contact Hour(s)


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