With this NIH support and through this research, we have the potential to explain the significant variability of sepsis and organ dysfunction, including the differences in manifestation in children vs. adults, said Dr. Taylor.
Dr. Taylor, a Northwell Health physician specializing in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, will study his hypothesis that immune education and prior infections impacts organ function, innate immunity and the outcome of sepsis. He will compare mice that have received a treatment that mimics multiple infections to mice that have never had an illness, with the idea that this may alter how the body will respond to sepsis. He will also collect blood samples from patients with and without sepsis to study varied septic immune responses.
Sepsis is a major cause of death and disability in the United States and the world, and the Feinstein Institutes' researchers are recognized leaders in this field, said Kevin J. Tracey, MD, president and CEO of the Feinstein Institutes. Dr. Taylor's studies are positioned at the intersection of laboratory mechanisms and the patient themselves.