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U of Oregon Receives Research Grant for Global Health Development

Posted by Jennifer Nieuwkerk on Tue, May 28, 2013

Lab suppliers marketing university lab equipment and life science solutions in the northwest United States may be interested in the latest funding news at the University of Oregon, where professor of biology Janis Weeks has received a research grant from Grand Challenges Explorations, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Weeks’s project involves using neurophysiology-based technology to promote the discovery of drugs that help treat intestinal worm infections, especially STH infections. Worms that live in human intestines cause recurring bad health and can hinder physical, mental and financial development. According to the University of Oregon’s website, Weeks says the technology she and her team have been developing uses microfluidic devices and electrophysiology, and she believes it has the power to help those harmfully affected by intestinal worm infections.

The Bill & Melinda Gates foundation’s website says that the Grand Challenges Explorations initiative has given over $21 million in research grants to groundbreaking projects that take on important global health and development problems. One of the other researchers who has received a research grant is Columbia University’s Filippo Mancia, who is studying the molecular details of how mosquitoes use their sense of smell to detect humans and transmit malaria. The project aims to design more effective insect repellants. Launched in 2008, the $100 million initiative has given research grants to more than 800 projects in at least 50 countries.


University of Oregon

University of Oregon

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Science researchers in search of research funding may be interested to know that research grants are available to anyone from any discipline and from any organization. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded twice a year, and projects that do well may receive a $1 million follow-up grant. Grand Challenges Explorations selects winners based on a two-page application detailing a significant project in one of four global health and development topic areas. For detailed grant opportunities, science researchers may read the Grand Challenges News.

In addition to receiving funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation, the University of Oregon received $41.2 million from the NIH and NSF in 2012. The NIH gave the University of Oregon $29.1 million for 71 projects in departments such as biochemistry, biology, biostatistics, chemistry, neurosciences, physiology and psychology. The University of Oregon also received $12.1 million from the NSF in 2012. The top-funded project concerned plant genome research and macromolecular networks in chloroplast biogenesis and received a $1.1 million research grant.

If you are a lab supplier interested in marketing your life science solutions and university lab equipment at the University of Oregon, Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. invites you to attend our annual Eugene BioResearch Product Faire™ Event at the University of Oregon campus on September 10th, 2013. Biotechnology Calendar, Inc. is a full-service science research marketing and events-planning company that has been organizing research trade shows for 20 years. For more funding information on the University of Oregon, click on the button below.

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