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Europe Plans $12.4M for Pathogenomics Consortia

A European Commission consortium said today that it plans to pump as much as €8.5 million ($12.4 million) over the next three years into its international effort to fund genomic studies of human pathogens and to develop ways to combat them.

In its third funding call, the ERA-NET PathoGenoMics project will support multinational studies involving researchers from at least three partner nations, and it will include participants from academia, industry, and clinics. Some of the funding will be reserved specifically to support projects led by young scientists.

The research will focus on development of diagnostics, vaccines, and therapeutics aimed at fighting infectious diseases, and on advancing knowledge about the organisms that cause them and the process of infection.

"Despite great advances in medicine during recent years, infectious diseases still pose a serious and increasing threat for public health, both due to the development of resistance to antibiotics and other anti-infective drugs and because of the spread of pathogens via global travel," explained Marion Karrasch-Bott, ERA-NET PathoGenoMics' coordinator.
 
 

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