May is Cystic Fibrosis Awareness Month

In a letter to the editor, Dr. David Speert, Head of the Centre for Understanding and Preventing Infections in Children at UBC and B.C. Children’s Hospital, sheds light on cystic fibrosis, the most common life-threatening genetic disease affecting thousands of Canadians.
When cystic fibrosis immune cells come into contact with certain bacterial pathogens, the two conspire to create a damaging inflammatory process that results in severe breathing problems.
Research by scientists at UBC and BC Children’s has led to changes in infection control guidelines and a clearer understanding of the strategies the bacteria use to resist being killed by so many different classes of antibiotics, made possible through the support of Cystic Fibrosis Canada.
“You can help our team by learning more and making a donation to Cystic Fibrosis Canada at,” writes Speert.

The Province, Fri May 11 2012, Link to full text