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Infectious Disease Investment

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Last year’s Futures Initiatives conference, hosted jointly by the National Academies and the WM Keck Foundation, had as its theme “The Genomic Revolution: Implications for Treatment and Control of Infectious Disease.” In a call for proposals released at the meeting, more than 100 participants were invited to compete for seed funding.

This year, the initiative announced recipients of those grants. The 14 research projects funded by the Futures Initiative were selected for their diverse approaches to the infectious disease front. The list below shows award amount, participants, affiliations, and titles of the projects funded.

The Scan

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Post-treatment detection of circulating tumor DNA may identify breast cancer patients who are more likely to relapse, a new JCO Precision Oncology study finds.

Genetics Influence Level of Depression Tied to Trauma Exposure, Study Finds

Researchers examine the interplay of trauma, genetics, and major depressive disorder in JAMA Psychiatry.

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