Antibiotic resistance is a concern world-wide, as it becomes more difficult to fight common infections like pneumonia.
A team at the University of Regina is trying to combat that resistance with a research project, which looks at how the interaction between genes contributes to drug resistance.
The study is being led by Dr. Mohan Babu, an assistant professor at the University of Regina.
On Friday, the project received a grant of $1.1-million from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research to be used over five years.
Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale visited the university to make the announcement and highlight the importance of Dr. Babu’s work.
“The clock is clearly ticking. (Antibiotic resistance) is an issue that the world’s scientific community recognizes as a matter of urgency,” said Goodale.
Dr. Babu hopes to gain a basic understanding of how the bacteria functions within a cell.
“The most important goal here is to identify what those targets are,” explained Babu. “Everyone can take a piece, and then go after the puzzle and solve the puzzle.”
The project is one of 491 funded in CIHR’s 2016 Project Grant Completion.