McGill Awarded $1-Million Grant to Address Debilitating Parasitic Diseases in the Developing World

January 24th, 2011 by Linda Diep Leave a reply

It has been announced today that McGill University has been awarded a $1 million grant for research development on neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). This grant will support the research of Dr. Timothy Geary, Director of the Grand Challenges Canada, Canadas International Development Research Centre, The Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are all responsible for providing the grant, and are in support of this research. Drs. Greary and Ubalijoro along with African scientists are using African biodiversity, specifically identifying compounds from African botanical and microbial sources, to develop new medicines to treat parasitic worm infections.

This grant is a step in the right direction toward the elimination of NTDs, and will help in addressing a global health issue that affects one-sixth of the worlds population. Click here to read the entire press release.


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