The current proposal is a competitive renewal of a previously funded K24. The Principal Investigator, Dr. Anthony Harris, is an infectious disease physician and epidemiologist. During his fourteen years as faculty, he has had more than 125 manuscripts published. Among these manuscripts, he has been first or last author on more than 50. Most of these manuscripts have been focused in the following research areas: antimicrobial resistance, hospital epidemiology, infection control, and epidemiological and statistical methods in the study of antimicrobial resistance. His mentees have had over 450 publications from the time of his mentoring to the present. 101 publications have been mentee/mentor publications. Eighteen of 33 mentees are presently pursuing academic medical careers. In the initial five years of his K24, he successfully completed all proposed aims and mentored six faculty's career development awards. During the K24 period, he had over 46 publications of which 44 involved mentees. His current level of funding includes an NIH R01, an AHRQ R01, a CDC contract that has frequent requests for additional sub-contracts, a co-investigator on an NIH contract and two industry-sponsored research grants. Renewal of this K24 is critical to his desire to continue to mentor young investigators in the emerging areas of antibiotic-resistance, healthcare-associated infections and hospital epidemiology and to continue to evolve his research. He will take additional coursework to help move his research into the areas of cluster-randomized trials, genomic epidemiology, comparative effectiveness research and the study of the microbiome and antibiotic-resistance. The protected time is critical to Dr. Harris achieving these goals; without the K24 renewal, he will have to attend more on the infectious disease service and perform more hospital epidemiology and quality improvement in order to increase reimbursement directed towards his salary.

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and healthcare-associated infections increase patient morbidity and mortality; thus, they are an important public health concern. The proposed work will mentor young investigators in the emerging areas of antibiotic-resistance, healthcare-associated infections and hospital epidemiology and to continue to evolve research in these areas.

National Institute of Health (NIH)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Midcareer Investigator Award in Patient-Oriented Research (K24)
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Ernst, Nancy L
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Alsaggaf, Rotana; O'Hara, Lyndsay M; Stafford, Kristen A et al. (2018) Quasi-experimental Studies in the Fields of Infection Control and Antibiotic Resistance, Ten Years Later: A Systematic Review. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 39:170-176
Harris, Anthony D; Sbarra, Alyssa N; Leekha, Surbhi et al. (2018) Electronically Available Comorbid Conditions for Risk Prediction of Healthcare-Associated Clostridium difficile Infection. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 39:297-301
Blanco, Natalia; Harris, Anthony D; Rock, Clare et al. (2018) Risk Factors and Outcomes Associated with Multidrug-Resistant Acinetobacter baumannii upon Intensive Care Unit Admission. Antimicrob Agents Chemother 62:
Sbarra, Alyssa N; Harris, Anthony D; Johnson, J Kristie et al. (2018) Guidance on Frequency and Location of Environmental Sampling for Acinetobacter baumannii. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 39:339-342
O'Hara, Lyndsay M; Masnick, Max; Leekha, Surbhi et al. (2017) Indirect Versus Direct Standardization Methods for Reporting Healthcare-Associated Infections: An Analysis of Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections in Maryland. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 38:989-992
Jackson, Sarah S; Leekha, Surbhi; Magder, Laurence S et al. (2017) The Effect of Adding Comorbidities to Current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Central-Line-Associated Bloodstream Infection Risk-Adjustment Methodology. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 38:1019-1024
Masnick, Max; Morgan, Daniel J; Sorkin, John D et al. (2017) Can National Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAIs) Data Differentiate Hospitals in the United States? Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 38:1167-1171
Barnes, Sean L; Rock, Clare; Harris, Anthony D et al. (2017) The Impact of Reducing Antibiotics on the Transmission of Multidrug-Resistant Organisms. Infect Control Hosp Epidemiol 38:663-669
Evans, Scott R; Harris, Anthony D (2017) Methods and issues in studies of CRE. Virulence 8:453-459
Jackson, Sarah S; Leekha, Surbhi; Magder, Laurence S et al. (2017) Electronically Available Comorbidities Should Be Used in Surgical Site Infection Risk Adjustment. Clin Infect Dis 65:803-810

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