UW Launches New Ophthalmology Assistant Apprenticeship Program

Eye care, like many areas of the health sector, is facing an ongoing personnel shortage. UW Health is addressing the challenge by recruiting, growing, and training its own. The new program is providing eight employees the life-changing opportunity to receive on-the-job training and classroom instruction, while still receiving their salaries and benefits.

DOVS at ARVO 2024

The UW Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is pleased to have many colleagues presenting and participating at this year’s Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Nanoparticles subdue antibiotic-resistant bacteria’s defences while enhancing innate immunity

A method for overcoming antibiotic resistance uses multimodal nanoparticles that target bacterial defence mechanisms while enhancing the innate immune response. The rise in antibiotic resistance is considered a slow-moving medical catastrophe, as these revolutionary drugs that have kept us relatively safe from bacterial infection for decades are losing their efficacy. In part due to their co-evolution, bacterial pathogens have developed mechanisms to resist almost every antibiotic on the market and we are in desperate need for new, innovative approaches. Writing in Nature Nanotechnology, Zhu et al. present a nanoparticle-based possibility, in which they target bacterial defence mechanisms while simultaneously enhancing the ability of the host immune cells to fight infection.