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This Issue: Chronic Disease Care | Table of Contents: Spring 2016 |

Honorable Mentions

Bonomo receives European award


Cleveland VA researcher Dr. Robert Bonomo (right) and colleague Dr. Mark Adams, now with the J. Craig Venter Institute, have been studying the genetic make-up of <em>A. baumannii</em>, a species of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. <em>(2009 photo by Tim Harrison)</em>
Cleveland VA researcher Dr. Robert Bonomo (right) and colleague Dr. Mark Adams, now with the J. Craig Venter Institute, have been studying the genetic make-up of A. baumannii, a species of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. (2009 photo by Tim Harrison)

Cleveland VA researcher Dr. Robert Bonomo (right) and colleague Dr. Mark Adams, now with the J. Craig Venter Institute, have been studying the genetic make-up of A. baumannii, a species of bacteria that is resistant to most antibiotics. (2009 photo by Tim Harrison)

Dr. Robert A. Bonomo, the chief of the medical service at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, received the 2016 Excellence Award from the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Disease (ESCMID). Bonomo is the first non-European to receive the award, which was established in 2006.

Bonomo is a longtime leader in infectious-disease research, specializing in studying the mechanisms of antibiotic resistance. He has worked with a wide range of academic and industry partners, examining bacterial strains from around the world to identify solutions to the problem.

For several years, Bonomo has focused on the genetic makeup of Acinetobacter baumannii, a species of bacteria referred to as "Iraqibacter" because of the toll it took on wounded U.S. troops. At one point, A. baumannii infections affected more than 30 percent of troops wounded in combat in Iraq or Afghanistan, complicating their recovery.

The germ typically infects people in health care facilities, and it is considered a serious public health threat because most of its strains are resistant to multiple antibiotics.

Besides his VA work, Bonomo is also professor of medicine, pharmacology, molecular biology, and microbiology at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He received his award in April, at ESCMID's annual conference in Amsterdam.


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