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Ron R. Read, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

Microbiology, Immunology & Infectious Diseases (MIID)
Member, Infectious Diseases Research Group
Address: Peter Lougheed Hospital
Phone: (403) 943-4635
Fax: (403) 943-4017

Curriculum Vitae:
MD, University of Calgary
PhD, University of Calgary

Bacteria use a variety of mechanisms to ensure the success of their interaction with the host organism they infect. All living organisms eqire iron for a number of metabolic processes, and pathogenic bacteria have evolved a number of systems for acquiring this iron from the human host. In my laboratory we are studying the iron transport pathway(s) of the nosocomial opportunistic pathogen Stenotrophomonas (Xanthomonas) maltophilia , a gram negative pathogen of increasing importance in severely debiliated patients. We are examining iron transport as a potential virulence factor in this organism, and also as a potential antibiolotic delivery pathway.

In my role as an Infectious Diseases clinician, I deal with the problem of antibiotic resistance on a daily basis. We are initiating clinical studies to examine the development and spread of antibiotic resistance genes in the nosocomial setting, in particualr we are looking at the role of third generation cephalosporins in the selection of b-lactam resistance in the normal colonic flora.