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In the United States, more people die from Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) than AIDS. University of South Florida microbiologist Lindsey Shaw, Ph.D. focuses his research on understanding MRSA and other "super bugs" and identifying potential pharmaceuticals that can effectively treat these diseases. Recently, Shaw and his team were awarded a U.S. Patent for a promising pharmaceutical.

Associate Professor Lindsey Shaw knows a lot about Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus. After having hip surgery as a teenager, Shaw's doctors discovered he had a MRSA infection in his hip. After several years of antibiotic treatments, Shaw made a full recovery. Sadly, not everyone is able to successfully fight this type of infection, even with the help of antibiotics.

Each year, about 2 million people get a MRSA infection, which is equivalent to the population of the entire state of Nebraska. Of those 2 million people, about 100,000 people die from the infection. Some consider these to be conservative estimates.

In order to make Shaw's research lab even more efficient, we are raising money for a plate pourer, which prepares petri dishes for experiments. This machine will free up 1,040 man hours per year and allow our scientists to devote more time to scientific experiments and less time to time-consuming preparatory work.

We need you help to reach our goal of $18,700 so we can purchase the plate pourer for Shaw's lab. To break it down, we need only 19 people to give a generous gift of $1,000 or 38 people to give $500 or 374 people to give $50. Any size gift is greatly appreciated, and can be made securely online. You also have the option to give a one-time gift or give a monthly gift automatically--it's up to you!

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Breen at or 813.974.3200.

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