Infectious Disease

Image (above): A scanning electron micrograph shows Candida albicans yeast (elongated structure at left) building an antifungal drug-resistant biofilm structure by secreting small, spherical extracellular vesicles (arrows) that deliver payloads of biofilm polymers to the extracellular matrix. The pathogenic yeast Candida albicans has a clinically frustrating habit: when it colonizes...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD (pictured above), professor, Infectious Disease and vice chair for research, has been awarded $5.1M over 5 years (U01 award) from the National Institutes of Health-National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for a proposal entitled, "Fecal Microbiota Transplant for C. difficile Infection in Solid Organ Transplant...
As the 94th year in the history of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medicine, 2018 saw both changes and ongoing commitment to our long-standing legacy. This selection of images by Clint Thayer shows a behind-the-scenes glimpse into daily lives of department members dedicated to clinical care, research, and training...
2018 was been a productive year for researchers in the Department of Medicine. How productive? Members published at least 452 peer-reviewed research and scholarly articles – more than one per day. And that’s almost certainly an underestimate. Some journals will still be populating article from 2018 in databases for the...
Nasia Safdar, MD, PhD , professor, Infectious Disease and vice chair for research, has been awarded nearly $2.5M over 5 years from the National Institutes of Health - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01 award) for a proposal entitled, "Fluoroquinolone Restriction for the Prevention of C. difficile Infection (CDI):...
A 29 percent increase in hepatitis C cases in the state of Wisconsin from 2008 to 2017 has public health officials searching for new ways to stem the tide of transmission. Ryan Westergaard, MD, PhD, MPH , associate professor, Infectious Disease, discussed the trend. "The current epidemic of hepatitis C...
Fellowship Match Day on November 28, 2018 was a momentous occasion: the date on which medical fellowship programs across the nation found out how their institutions fared in recruiting physicians who are pursuing advanced training in dozens of different internal medicine specialties and subspecialties. For fellowship programs in the Department...
The concept of “Investing in Members” is a strategic priority of the 2017-2022 Department of Medicine Strategic Plan. In the realm of research, investing in members is also a natural extension of longstanding funding mechanisms within the department. Chief among these are research funds that are distributed on competitive basis...
Among the Pilot Awards from UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (UW ICTR) announced in support of translational, clinical, methods, dissemination and implementation, and stakeholder-engaged studies, a total of 5 principal investigators (PIs) and 3 collaborators involved in the funded projects are members of the Department of Medicine. Awards...
IDWeek is the joint scientific conference of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA), the HIV Medicine Association (HIVMA), and the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society (PIDS). The 2018 meeting occurred in San Francisco, California on October 3-7, 2018. Members of the Division...