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Kelly receives NIH Career Development Award (K23)

Thursday, May 24, 2018
Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly, MD, MPH, assistant professor of pediatrics in the Division of Infectious Diseases, has received a NIH Career Development Award (K23), for his project entitled: “Nasopharyngeal Microbiome and Risk of Bacterial Pathogen Colonization in Infants.” The project period is 05/23/2018 – 04/30/2023. 

This Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award will support didactic and practical training activities in bioinformatics and computational biology for Dr. Kelly, as well as research to understand how naturally occurring bacteria in the upper respiratory tract impact the risk of colonization and invasion by bacteria that cause pneumonia in children. Findings from this clinical study, involving mother-infant pairs in Botswana, may provide a basis for the development of rationally-designed probiotics that can prevent pneumonia and other respiratory infections.   

The objective of the K23 program is to provide support for the career development of clinically trained professionals who have made a commitment to patient-oriented research, and who have the potential to develop into productive, clinical investigators.

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