The efforts of a McMaster University researcher may reduce the negative health and economic impacts of infectious disease outbreaks.
Dr. Andrew McArthur is a co-leader of two projects which have been awarded 500 thousand dollars in federal funding through GenomeCanada and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
McArthur says the bio-research will develop new software that helps public health agencies and the agri-food sector to more rapidly respond to threats posed by such outbreaks, including food-borne illnesses and the Zika Virus.
He adds that the funding comes at a critical time, since bacteria are developing resistance faster than we can discover new drugs to treat them.
The projects that involve McArthur are among 16 across the country which have been awarded a total of four million dollars in federal funding.