Dr Elinor Hortle, medical researcher at the Centenary Institute has been interviewed on Sydney radio 2GB’s Healthy Living program, discussing her latest findings on tackling mycobacterial infections.
Responsible for diseases that include tuberculosis (TB), leprosy and serious skin ulcerations, mycobacterial infections cause significant harm and mortality to human health. Approximately 1.5 million people die each year from TB.
In their study, Dr Hortle and collaborators found a new way to improve host immunity to mycobacterial infection by decreasing potassium levels in immune cells. Significantly, this could offer up an entirely new approach to fighting infectious diseases.