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NIAID announces new human immunology research awards to help fight emerging infectious diseases
Date:11/4/2009

itute, Dallas
  • Raymond Chung, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
  • Kenneth Coggeshall, Ph.D., Okalahoma Medical Research Foundation, Oklahoma City
  • Mark Davis, Ph.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.
  • Anne de Groot, M.D., University of Rhode Island, Providence
  • Alan Rothman, M.D., University of Massachusetts Medical Center, Worcester
  • Marcelo Sztein, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore

    The following investigator has received two-year funding through the Recovery Act to participate in the CCHI program:

    • Donald Burke, M.D., University of Pittsburgh

    The following investigators have received one year of supplemental Recovery Act funding in addition to their CCHI program funding:

    • Rafi Ahmed, Ph.D., Emory University, Atlanta
    • Jacques Banchereau, Ph.D., Baylor Research Institute, Dallas
    • Mark Davis, Ph.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif.

    The IMVC program builds on a set of exploratory grants awarded in 2007. The current phase is a substantially larger effort that addresses key questions related to how the immune system responds to viruses.

    IMVC investigators will use animal models and conduct studies in people to understand all aspects of the immune response to viruses, including early immune responses (innate, or inborn, immunity) and antibody and immune cell memory responses that protect against repeat infections (adaptive immunity). Since cells of mucosal tissue comprise the primary barrier to many viruses, mucosal immunity in the gut or lungs also will be studied.

    Some specific IMVC projects include studying how the immune response in the brain combats rabies virus infection; identifying immune markers that correlate with surviving Ebola infection; and finding new drugs to treat viral infections.

    The following 14 investigators have been awarded a total of approximately $78 million over
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