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Southern Research Institute Wins $14.7 Million NIH Award to Participate in Molecular Libraries Probe Production Center Network
Date:9/4/2008

han 300 human viruses that have no treatment, vaccine or antiviral, and there are only 62 drugs approved by the FDA for the treatment of six different viral illnesses caused by hepatitis B and C, herpes, HIV, influenza, and respiratory syncytial viruses. Of these, almost half are for the treatment of HIV/AIDS. The remaining drugs offer treatments that target the other five viruses. Therefore, identifying new molecular probes will promote the discovery of new approaches for therapeutic intervention.

Southern Research was one of nine U.S.-based research facilities chosen to participate in the six year program. The MLPCN will offer high throughput screening (HTS) and probe development resources to public and private researchers via the general NIH Program Announcement (PAR-08-035: Solicitation of Assays for HTS in the Molecular Libraries Probed Production Centers Network (MLPCN) (NOT-RM-08-022) http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT- RM-08-022.html).

The eight other institutions who also received grants as part of the Molecular Libraries Probe Production Center Network include:

-- Burnham Center for Chemical Genomics, Burnham Institute, La Jolla, Calif.

-- Broad Institute Comprehensive Screening Center, Broad Institute, Cambridge, Mass.

-- Comprehensive Center for Chemical Probe Discovery and Optimization at Scripps Research Institute, Scripps Institute, San Diego, Calif.

-- Johns Hopkins Ion Channel Center, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Md.

-- NIH Chemical Genomics Center, NIH/NHGRI, Rockville, Md.

-- University of Kansas Specialized Chemistry Center, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kan.

-- University of New Mexico Center for Molecular Discovery, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M.

-- Vanderbilt Specialized Chemistry Center for Accelerated Probe Development, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, T
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