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Einstein helps establish $28 million consortium to find ebola treatment
Date:3/20/2014

u.edu/departments/biochemistry/">biochemistry, who will receive approximately $2 million of the grant. "More ambitiously, we will seek to develop antibodies that can target more than one filovirus species, or 'broadly neutralizing antibodies.' In other viruses, such as HIV-1 and influenza, such antibodies are critical for fighting or weakening infection. However, no broadly neutralizing antibodies exist against Ebola or Marburg."

"It is very exciting to be working with a large group of talented scientists, including those here at Einstein," continued Dr. Lai. "Together, we have a chance to make a real impact on prevention of these diseases."

In addition to those named above, the other institutions and scientists on the NIH National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Centers of Excellence for Translational Research (CETR) program grant, number U19AI109762, include: Gary Kobinger, Ph.D., at Public Health Agency of Canada, John Dye, Ph.D., at U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, Leslie Lobel, M.D., Ph.D., at Ben Gurion University, Julius Lutwama, Ph.D., at Uganda Virus Research Institute, Robert Garry, Ph.D., and James Robinson, M.D., at Tulane University, Thomas Geisbert, Ph.D., at University of Texas Medical Branch, and Gene Olinger at NIAID. Biopharmaceutical companies on the grant include Mapp Biopharmaceutical (Larry Zeitlin), Zalgen Labs (Luis Branco) and Cangene (Cory Nykiforuk).


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