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Gates Grand Challenge Grant Awarded

The Institute for Genome Sciences at UMSOM has received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The grant will support an innovative global health research project conducted by Julie Dunning Hotopp, Assistant Professor, titled "Targeting Bacterial Genes Found on Filarial Chromosomes for the Treatment of Lymphatic Filariasis."

Dr. Dunning Hotopp’s project is one of 78 grants announced by the Gates Foundation in the fourth 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 18 countries on six continents.
Approximately 120 million people worldwide have lymphatic filariasis and another 1.2 billion people, predominantly in the developing world, are at risk of infection in 83 countries and territories in Asia, Africa, the Pacific, and the Americas.
 
 

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