Meet Helle Prætorius Øhrwald

Which attack molecules use bacteria to penetrate the body during severe and life-threatening urinary tract infections which have spread to the kidneys?

And what does the body do to get rid of the bacteria again?

The answer to the second question is a particular focal point for professor Helle Prætorius and her research colleagues. By understanding the body's reaction to the bacteria, it will also be possible to strengthen its defence and make it easier to fight serious infections.

The research group’s focus on the functioning of the kidneys is partly due to the kidneys filtering the blood, meaning that bacteria which have attacked the kidneys can very quickly spread and cause blood poisoning.

Helle Prætorius Øhrwald and her research team
Photo: Lars Kruse, AU Photo