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Keck Futures Initiative Awards $1M in Grants for Genomics and Infectious Disease Research

NEW YORK, April 11 (GenomeWeb News) - The National Academies Keck Futures Initiative yesterday announced the recipients of its 2005 Futures grants.


The initiative awarded 14 total grants, each in the amount of $50,000 or $75,000, to support interdisciplinary research on genomics and infectious disease.


The recipient institutions, amounts, and research topics are:


-- North Carolina State University, Yale University School of Medicine, and University of Maryland, College Park; $75,000; "The Co-evolution of Human and Plasmodium Genomic Interactions."

-- University of California, Los Angeles; $75,000; "Exploring the Emerging Role of Public Health in Integrating Genomics into the Control and Prevention of Infectious Diseases."

-- University of California, Berkeley, and Mount Sinai School of Medicine; $75,000; "Metagenomic Studies of Human Microbiota in Crohn's Disease."


-- University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Colorado, Boulder; $75,000; "Dynamics of the Human Intestinal Flora in Health and Disease."


-- Duke University; $75,000; "Engineering 'Microbial Swarmbots' for Medical Applications."


-- University of Texas Health Science Center and Brandeis University; $50,000; "Identification of Isocitrate Lyase Inhibitors as Broad-Spectrum Antimicrobial Drugs."

-- University of Washington and Harvard Medical School; $75,000; "Role of Nitric Oxide on White Blood Cell Function in Inflammation and Infection."


-- University of Washington; $75,000; "Direct Electronic Detection of Molecular Recognition and Binding Events with Engineered Nano-Scale Structures."

-- University of Maryland School of Medicine; $75,000; "Genetic Diversity and Efficacy of Malaria Drugs and Vaccines."


-- Stanford University and University of California, Los Angeles; $75,000; "Bringing Genomics to the Rainforest: The Study of Monkeypox in the Democratic Republic of Congo."


-- Duke University and University of California, Riverside; $75,000; "Creating an Inexpensive Diagnostic for Malaria Using Combined Nanotechnology and Genomic Approaches."


-- Texas A&M University, and CombiMatrix; $75,000; "Enhancement of DNA Microarray Hybridization Using Thermal Gradient Induced Convective Flow."


-- Stanford University and Stanford Genome Technology Center; $50,000; "Low Cost and Rapid Microbe Diagnostics to Combat Drug Resistance Phenomenon in Infectious Diseases."


-- University of Texas Medical Branch and University of Denver; $75,000; "Micro Incubator for Bacterial Infectious Agents."


The National Academies comprises the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. The Keck Futures Initiative is a 15-year effort to foster interdisciplinary scientific research.

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