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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Funds Bold Ideas Including Empty Virus Shells to Improve Polio Immunity, Dirt-Charged Cell Phones, and Fertilizer Pellets that Reduce Health Risks
Date:4/28/2011

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  • The Poliovirus Endgame: Creating Ways to Accelerate, Sustain and Monitor Eradication
  • Creating the Next Generation of Sanitation Technologies
  • Designing New Approaches to Cure HIV Infection
  • Creating Low-Cost Cell Phone-Based Applications for Priority Global Health Conditions
  • Creating New Technologies to Improve the Health of Mothers and Newborns.  

  • GCE continues its search for innovative ideas from all over the world, using a quick and easy grant-making selection process. Applications for the next round are being accepted through May 19, 2011. Click here for Round 7 topics and application instructions.

    Winning Round 6 research proposals include:

    Strategies to accelerate the end of polio and sustain eradication:

    • James Flanegan of the University of Florida, U.S., will explore developing a poliovirus vaccine composed of virus capsids – the protein shell of the virus – that look like the virus but are not infectious.
    • Simon Carding of the University of East Anglia, UK, will test whether live gut bacteria can generate immunity by delivering poliovirus antigens to the intestinal mucosa.
    • Jacob John of Christian Medical College in India will study the effect of inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) on gut immunity in Indian children previously given the oral polio vaccine (OPV). Boosting immunity with IPV could result in strategies for accelerating polio eradication. 

    New life-saving vaccines and other tools:

    • Erez Lieberman-Aiden and his team at Harvard University, U.S., propose to develop a low-cost microbial fuel cell (MFC) from naturally occurring soil microbes which could be used to recharge a cell phone. These fuel cells d
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