Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Gates Foundations supporting innovation in medical research

There are 81 unusual projects in the medical world receiving a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. They will be focusing on new and innovative ways to focus on preventing and treating infectious diseases. The 81 projects received a grant of $100,000 in five-year health research grants.

Some of the projects:

The foundation said grant recipient Eric Lam at Rutgers University in New Jersey is exploring tomatoes as a antiviral drug delivery system.

Researchers at the University of Exeter in Devon, England, will seek to build an inexpensive instrument to diagnose malaria by using magnets to detect the waste products of the malaria parasite in human blood.

Mei Wu at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School will be getting a grant to see if shooting a laser at a person's skin before administering a vaccine can enhance immune response.

And Thomas Baker at Pennsylvania State University wants to see if malaria-carrying mosquitoes can be infected with a fungus that would act like a cold, suppressing the sense of smell that they use to find people as sources of blood.

Source: Yahoo!

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