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Stony Brook Awarded $6 M NIH Research Grant for New Anti-fungal Treatment

Posted by Rebecca Partridge on Fri, Jul 01, 2016

Bioresearch Grant for Potential New Anti-fungal Treatment

(Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons)

Anti-fungal research at New York's Stony Brook University earned $6 million in grants from the National Institute of Health.  Dr. Maurizio del Poeta’s breakthrough in attacking deadly fungus came from a recent research project that yielded an unexpected result that might lead to a vaccine.  He and his team were searching for a gene that would metabolize a fungal sphingolipid.  Instead, the gene he mutated caused mice that were exposed to it to become resistant to fungal infections.  In an article on the Stony Brook University’s news site, Dr. Poeta said , “We think that this discovery will open the road to a new vaccination strategy against fungi.”

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Stony Brook Researchers Discover New Potential Antifungal Drugs

Posted by Laura Braden on Mon, Aug 10, 2015

Fungus growing on a leaf. Getting a fungal infection is a part of life, that everyone experiences at one time or another. These types of infections range in seriousness, from athlete's foot to ringworm to histoplasmosis. Although commonly fatal, more than 1.3 million people contract fatal fungal infections each year. Currently, there are three known antifungal drugs available to fight these infections, though they are not always the most effective. (Image courtesy of L. Shyamal via Wikimedia Commons) 

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