Karin L. McGowan

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Members of the Mycobacterium chelonae-abscessus complex represent Mycobacterium species that cause invasive infections in immunocompetent and immunocompromised hosts. We report the detection of a new pathogen that had been misidentified as M. chelonae with an atypical antimicrobial drug susceptibility profile. The discovery prompted a multicenter(More)
Haemophilus influenzae undergoes phase variation in expression of the phosphorylcholine (ChoP) epitope, a structure present on several invasive pathogens residing in the human respiratory tract. In this study, structural analysis comparing organisms with and without this epitope confirmed that variants differ in the presence of ChoP on the cell(More)
OBJECTIVE The licensure and use of a pneumococcal conjugate vaccine that is immunogenic in children who are younger than 2 years may affect the epidemiology of occult bacteremia. This study was conducted to determine the serotype prevalence of Streptococcus pneumoniae isolates from children with occult bacteremia and to document the proportion that would be(More)
INTRODUCTION The number of female medical school faculty being promoted and the speed at which they are promoted have not kept pace with their male counterparts at many institutions. One of the reasons is that these women are not publishing peer reviewed manuscripts at an equivalent rate. This study evaluates the impact of a women's writing group on faculty(More)
In order to study the distribution of bacteria in the operating room environment, cultures were obtained during 111 unselected shunt operations throughout a 10-month period. After routine skin preparation, bacteria were collected by placing Millipore filters on the patient's prepped skin underneath the drapes, on top of the drapes in the operative field,(More)
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