Alison Montpetit, Ph.D., RN, assistant professor in the Department of Adult Health and Nursing Systems, and Michael Davis, project director of exhaled breath, presented scientific podium sessions on “Breath Analysis in the ICU” at the 2012 International Breath Analysis Meeting held recently in Sonoma, Calif. Montpetit presented on the topic “Evaluation of Exhaled Breath Condensate Matrix Effect in the Measurement of Cytokines by Multiplex Bead Assay” and Davis presented on the topic “Continuous Exhaled Breath Condensate pH Analysis in Mechanically Ventilated Adults.” Montpetit and Davis also presented a poster, titled “Exhaled Biomarkers of Pulmonary Infection in the Critically Ill.”

Montpetit is currently the principle investigator on a SON breath analysis study which may one day aid in developing breath tests to help diagnose diseases. Stay tuned for an upcoming feature story on how she is working with an interdisciplinary team at VCU Medical Center to identify markers of infection in exhaled breath.
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