Researchers at Emory University received $5.1 million in life science research funding from the NIH this past June. The title of the project receiving funding is “B-Cell Biology of Mucosal Immune Protection from SIV Challenge,” and the project leader is Eric Hunter, PhD. Dr. Hunter’s area of expertise is HIV/AIDS. According to the Emory University webpage, his research focuses on understanding virus-cell interactions, how independently targeted capsid and glycoprotein molecules are brought to the assembly site, what pathways are used, and what roles cell- and virus- encoded gene products assume while this is going on. The NIH RePORTER provides more information on the project receiving $5.1 million in life science funding:
“The development of a safe and effective vaccine against HIV-1 is critical for curtailing the spread of a primarily sexually transmitted disease that is now affecting more than 30 million persons worldwide. While a recent poxvirus-protein immunogen efficacy trial conferred modest protection from acquisition, the correlates of protection are unknown. In the SIV infection model in Rhesus macaques, up to 70% of animals, vaccinated with GM-CSF enhanced DNA priming, MVA boosted, then subjected to a heterologous (E660), multiple low dose rectal challenge, were protected from acquisition and a clear correlate of protection was E660 Env binding antibody avidity. The Emory Consortium for B-Cell Biology of Mucosal Immune Protection from SIV Challenge, using highly collaborative approaches, will define through advanced immunological and systems biology approaches the underlying mechanisms for enhanced antibody avidity and protection.”
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In addition to receiving $5.1 million from the NIH, Emory University receives a great deal of additional life science research funding from the NIH and NSF. In 2012, Emory University received $296.8 million in life science funding from the NIH and NSF. The NIH awarded Emory University $286.2 million in life science research funding in 2012. Emory University’s 2011 NIH ranking was 18th in the country for direct plus indirect costs in the life sciences, excluding R&D contracts and ARRA awards. The total costs were $273.4 million. For a full list of NIH-funded departments at Emory University, please visit the NIH website.
In addition to receiving $286.2 million of life science funding from the NIH, Emory University also received $10.6 million from the NSF in 2012. In 2010, the NSF also ranked Emory University 25th in the country for total R&D expenditures in the life sciences. Emory’s total expenditures in 2010 were $399.1 million.
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