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The Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases

Infectious diseases and related conditions are estimated to afflict greater than 10 million people in the United States annually.  In an era of soaring health care costs, declining research funding, and antibiotic resistance, there is a need to improve diagnosis and treatment of many infectious diseases.

The Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases is dedicated to the clinical care and research of diseases that may be classified as environmental infectious diseases.  The term “environmental infectious disease” includes disease causing agents found in traditional ecological environments, such as air, soil, and water, in addition to vector-borne or zoonotic diseases, and those acquired from built environments (home, hospital and community). 

Director:  Paul G. Auwaerter, M.D., M.B.A.

Mission Statement

The Sherrilyn and Ken Fisher Center for Environmental Infectious Diseases is dedicated to the clinical research of environmental pathogens which improves the diagnosis and treatment of these infections.

Fisher Center Goals

  • Be a leader in prevention and clinical treatment of less understood environmental infectious diseases
  • Develop excellence in clinical research and education regarding environmental infectious pathogens
  • Support leadership development in clinical care and research

Currently Supported Research Topics

  • Characterization and outcomes of Lyme disease in the United States
  • Tick-borne febrile illness in the United States
  • Use of antibiotics on colorectal cancer risk
  • Laboratory methods to identify reduced antiseptic susceptibility with chlorhexidine use
  • Staphylococcus aureus infections in modern livestock production workers
  • Clostridium difficile infections in hospitalized patients
  • Prosthetic joint infections with Propionibacterium acnes
  • Occupational infections after solid organ and bone marrow transplant
  • Characterization of Nocardia infections
  • Infectious disease outpatient registry

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