With every breath you take, microbes have a chance of making it into your lungs. But what happens when they get there? And why do dangerous lung infections like pneumonia happen in some people, but not others?
Researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School, led by Robert Dickson, MD, assistant professor of internal medicine, have started to answer these questions by studying the microbiome of the lungs - the community of microscopic organisms that are in constant contact with our respiratory system.
By studying these bacterial communities, and how they change in illness, they hope to pave the way for new ways to prevent and fight lung infections in patients. Learn more by reading the full UMHS article.
MICHR provided pilot grant funding for this study.