Navigation Links
Monell Center receives $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant
Date:5/4/2009

The Monell Center announced today that it has received a US$100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Paul A. S. Breslin, PhD, titled "Taste-Guided Behavior on Mosquitoes Helps Eradicate Malaria."

Dr. Breslin's project is one of 81 grants announced by the Gates Foundation in the second funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative to help scientists around the world explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries. The grants were provided to scientists in 17 countries on six continents.

To receive funding, Breslin showed in a two-page application how his idea falls outside current scientific paradigms and might lead to significant advances in global health. The initiative is highly competitive, receiving more than 3,000 proposals in this round.

Breslin's grant focuses on the sense of taste in mosquitoes, with the overall goal of identifying new strategies to reduce transmission of malaria. Taste provides information that regulates whether a substance will be ingested as food or rejected. As such, the final decision of whether or not a mosquito will initiate a meal of human blood depends on how human skin tastes to the mosquito. Currently, little is known about the taste world of mosquitoes. Dr. Breslin proposes that a deeper understanding of mosquito taste will reveal novel approaches to the design of strategies to reduce mosquito-mediated disease transmission. As a first step, the studies funded by the Grand Challenges Explorations grant will assess taste responses of mosquitoes to a range of human skin compounds.

Paul Breslin is a sensory psychobiologist and geneticist at the Monell Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. The Grand Challenges Explorations mosquito project is an extension of his longstanding interests in taste and feeding. Breslin's Drosophila Chemosensory Laboratory at Monell uses the fruit fly as a model to understand the relationships between genetics, chemosensation, and feeding. Parallel studies in Breslin's lab address the genetics of taste, smell, and chemical irritation in humans.

"By deterring mosquito tasting on human skin, we can help to stop the transmission of devastating diseases such as malaria," said Breslin. "The Grand Challenges Explorations grant will enable us to find out what it is about humans that mosquitoes find tasty. With that critical piece of information, we can then develop inhibitors to those substances. Once humans no longer taste good to mosquitoes, they will no longer use us as food."

"The winners of these grants are doing truly exciting and innovative work," said Dr. Tachi Yamada, president of the Gates Foundation's Global Health Program. "I'm optimistic that some of these exploratory projects will lead to life-saving breakthroughs for people in the world's poorest countries."


'/>"/>

Contact: Leslie Stein
stein@monell.org
267-519-4707
Monell Chemical Senses Center
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Study Reveals How Salmonella Hijacks Cells
2. Raw Nuts Could Be Salmonella Source in Pistachios: Report
3. FDA Investigating Salmonella-Tainted Pistachios
4. Study shows how Salmonella survives in environment
5. Food Safety Expert: Americans Not Aware of Ongoing Risk & Complications of Salmonella Poisoning
6. Space Research May Help Explain Salmonella Illness
7. Study suggests surface water contaminated with salmonella more common than thought
8. Latherow Law Office Filed Suit In Salmonella Poisoning Case That Hospitalized Child
9. LegalView Informs Readers of New Criminal Probe Involving Peanut Butter Recall Salmonella Poisonings
10. Obama Orders Review of FDA in Salmonella Outbreak
11. ISU researchers develop technique for quick detection of Salmonella
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... established the certification process to promote standards of excellence for the field of ... scheduled for March 22 – 25, 2018 in Orlando, Florida at the Omni ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... CT (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... long-term care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a ... Shelton Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... , ... October 13, 2017 , ... Global Healthcare Management’s ... Alexandria Park in Milford, NJ. This free event, sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s ... The fun run is geared towards children of all ages; it is a ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the ... save lost souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission ... of the Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest ... its plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. ... Go store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, ... has amplified its effort during National Breast Cancer ... hereditary cancer risks. ... Clinical Oncology calculated that more than 10 million ... inherited mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not ...
(Date:10/7/2017)... , Oct. 6, 2017   Provista, ... more than $100 billion in purchasing power, today announced ... and information. The Newsroom is the online ... industry trends, infographics, expert bios, news releases, slideshows and ... access to a wealth of resources at their fingertips, ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... LAWRENCE, Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ ... developer of single-use, self-contained, illuminating medical devices, today ... National Health Surveillance Agency (or Agência Nacional ... ®. The first single-use, cordless surgical retractor with ... ONETRAC provides optimal access, illumination and exposure of ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: