The molecular biologist Cathrine Persson at Umeå University has been allotted SEK 2.5 million from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) for research on a vaccine against malaria.
The project “Immunogenicity of synthetic peptide malaria vaccines” spans five years and is designed to study the protection offered by various synthetic vaccines against malaria. Cathrine Persson is collaborating with Professor Elizabeth Nardin, NYU School of Medicine in New York.
The funding is being provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), one of the 27 institutes and centers that make up the NIH, a federal body that both pursues and provides support for various types of medical research in the U.S. and abroad. The competition for this funding is extremely stiff, and it is not often that scientists in Sweden are selected for grants. The application submitted by Cathrine and her associate was given high scores in the assessment process. Malaria is a major world health problem, and there is no vaccine at present.
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