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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grants $5 Million For Infectious Disease Research At The Hebrew University Of Jerusalem
Date:12/17/2009

NEW YORK, Dec. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Kuvin Center for the Study of Infectious and Tropical Diseases has received a $5 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research into visceral leishmaniasis. The project will be led by Professor Alon Warburg, a vector biologist at the Hebrew University's Faculty of Medicine, and will include experts from Hebrew University's Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food, and Environment.

The announcement of the grant comes one year after Bill Gates, founder and chairman of Microsoft Corp. and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was honored by American Friends of The Hebrew University (AFHU) and The Hebrew University with the inaugural Einstein Award at a December 2 gala in New York. Speaking about the role of philanthropy in improving the human condition that evening, Mr. Gates remarked that in addition to government and business, "The final piece of the puzzle is research institutions like Hebrew University. They do the pure research that leads to innovations that, in turn, make a huge difference in people's lives."

The prestigious Einstein Award was inspired by the legacy of Albert Einstein, a founding father of The Hebrew University, who revolutionized human understanding and whose actions were rooted in the belief that true progress requires the alleviation of human suffering.

"The close alignment of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation' s and Hebrew University's focus on improving the lives of people in 'at risk' geographies was important to our decision to honor Bill Gates with the first Einstein Award," said Martin E. Karlinsky, president of American Friends of The Hebrew University and a prominent New York attorney. "We are honored and thrilled that they have chosen to partner with us to fight this terrible disease."

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