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Pan-European Pathogenomics Initiative Gets $24M

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Thirteen new genomics projects will receive funding and are underway in Europe under the ERA-Net Pathogenomics initiative, which is focused on using genomics to study diagnosis, monitoring, prevention, and treatment of infectious diseases.

The research teams will receive a total of €17 million ($23.8 million) over three years to conduct applied genomics studies, with the funding coming from the countries involved, including Germany, Austria, Finland, France, Hungary, Portugal, Slovenia, and Spain.

The scientific teams will focus on different groups of pathogens, such as Neisseria, Pseudomonas, Clostridium, Helicobacter, Escherichia, Streptococcus, Chlamydia, and Aspergillus.

"In the field of pathogenomics, basic researchers all too often work within isolated networks, although contacts with clinicians and companies are extremely important," explained Julio Barbas, of the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation. "Only through collaboration will we be able to deliver results from bench to bedside."

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