Development of a Photo-Antibody Therapeutic platform for the treatment of infected burns in children

Chief Investigator:

Professor Allison Cowin

Research Area:

Basic Science

Funding Amount:



University of South Australia


Burns are one of the most common injuries suffered by children and one of the top three causes of death under five years. Burn wound infection and sepsis are serious complications leading to over 60% of these deaths. With the increase in antimicrobial resistance, alternative approaches are urgently required to treat infections. We are developing an innovative new therapeutic approach for the treatment of infected burns. Our photo-antibody therapy (PAT) uses a photosensitizer to kill microbial cells upon excitation with a NIR laser. This new approach will significantly improve treatment of infected burns and reduce their impact in children.

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