“Sepsis is very dangerous. In the U.S., 1.7 million [people] get it every year, and 270,000 people die,” said Carter Center member, Alban Gaultier of UVA’s Department of Neuroscience and its Center for Brain Immunology and Glia, or BIG. “Once you get diagnosed, you have a high chance of mortality. And there is no good treatment. Basically, we will try to keep you alive and monitor you as much as we can. So clearly there is a critical need for treatment.”
Gaultier and his team have identified a drug that could offer that treatment – and previous safety testing of the drug could fast-track it into use in hospitals around the country.