British Columbia Lung Association grant recipient
Looking for new drugs to treat TB
Dr. Av-Gay’s lab work is focused on uncovering information critical to the development of new and better drugs to treat tuberculosis (TB). Until recently, TB was considered to be a minor and decreasing problem in industrialized countries, even though TB remains the leading bacterial cause of death worldwide.
But the decline of TB in industrialized countries has recently undergone a reversal, with multi-drug resistant strains of the disease emerging and becoming more difficult to cure. This re-emergence has brought mycobacterial research, an area of study neglected over the past 20 years, to the forefront of microbiological research.