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Seattle BioMed Announces Major Scientific Expansion, New Addition to Leadership
Date:3/14/2011

mp; Melinda Gates Foundation to begin the integration of systems biology and infectious disease. Seattle BioMed will accelerate its fundraising efforts to complete the expansion, with a focus on funding additional recruitments, pilot projects and specialized facilities and technologies.

Scientific Endeavor Follows Personal InterestWith his move to Seattle BioMed, Aderem is achieving his goal of marrying his personal interests in global health with his passion for systems biology, a relatively new scientific discipline that he helped launch. A native of South Africa, Aderem grew up in a global health context. "My mom was a physician with an exclusively underprivileged practice," Aderem explained. "As a child, I accompanied her when she visited patients in the townships and saw, first hand, the effect of poverty on human health."  

As a young adult, he organized township communities to fight for better living conditions, and this led to five years of house arrest by the apartheid regime. These experiences solidified his commitment to tackling diseases of poverty. "I saw the impact of infectious diseases firsthand, and now I'm seeing diseases like HIV and tuberculosis devastate my home country," he said. "I believe Seattle BioMed is the best place in the world to do infectious disease research. Using systems biology, we'll have the ability to look at disease causing organisms in ways never before possible."

ABOUT SEATTLE BIOMEDICAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE:Seattle BioMed is the largest independent, non-profit organization in the US focused solely on infectious disease research. Its research provides the foundation for new drugs, vaccines and diagnostics to benefit those who need our help most: the 14 million who will otherwise die each year from infectious diseases, including malaria, HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis. Founded in 1976, Seattle BioMed currently has nearly 325 staff members. By partnering with key collaborators around the globe, we str
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