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VBI, Partners Secure $10.3M NIAID Grant to Create National Bioinformatics Resource Center

NEW YORK, July 13 (GenomeWeb News) - The Virginia Bioinformatics Institute said today that it has been awarded a five-year, $10.3 million contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to establish a national Bioinformatics Resource Center.


VBI, based at Virginia Tech, will lead a regional consortium that includes the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, Virginia Tech's department of computer science, LoyolaUniversityMedicalSchool, the University of Maryland, and Social and Scientific Systems.


The BioinformaticsResourceCenter will provide access to data and analytical tools related to infectious disease research, and will include VBI's DoD-funded PathPort (Pathogen Portal) informatics platform.


VBI said that the center will focus on Brucella, which causes brucellosis in cattle, pigs, and humans; caliciviruses, responsible for viral dysentery; hepatitis A; rabiesvirus, and Coxiella burnetii/Rickettsias, responsible for Q fever, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and typhus.

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