An international team of scientists, including Associate Professor Shelby O’Connor from the UW Madison Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, has been awarded a five-year, $6.2 million grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID). Dr. O’Connor will be working together with others at the Doherty Institute in Melbourne and the Universities of Pittsburgh and Hawaii at Manoa to understand how HIV puts children at high risk of contracting and dying from tuberculosis (TB). Shelby O’Connor’s part of the project examines how a particular anticancer drug might prevent TB bacteria from infiltrating the lungs. Dr. O’Connor is currently on sabbatical at the Doherty Institute.
University of Pittsburgh News: https://www.upmc.com/media/news/050119-hiv-tb-scanga