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MRSA infections on gridiron to be discussed by UT researcher Nov. 5

Dr. Von Sigler, UT associate professor of environmental sciences, will deliver a seminar on MRSA infections Wednesday, Nov. 5.

The free, public event will take place at 4 p.m. in Bowman-Oddy Laboratories Room 1045.

Sigler’s seminar titled “Bacteria vs. Offensive Linemen…Who Wins the New Battle in the NFL?” will address the research he has been conducting on the pathogenic bacterium methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and the survivability of the bacteria on artificial turf fields.

A survey conducted by the NFL revealed that MRSA infections occur in football players 63-fold more often than in the general population, according to Sigler.

“We have ample evidence that MRSA survives on football equipment and in the locker room environment. We also wanted to investigate its survival on an artificial turf field where frequent player contact might increase the likelihood of MRSA transmission,” Sigler said.

He will discuss the results of the research and what is being done to prevent harmful bacteria like MRSA from spreading.

For more information about the event, contact Sigler at

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