HHMI To Award $14 Million In New International Program To Support Research On Infectious And Parasitic Diseases

CHEVY CHASE, Md., May 5, 1999—The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) today announced plans to award $14 million in grants through a new international initiative to help scientists devise new approaches for combating infectious and parasitic diseases that have a worldwide impact, particularly in developing countries.

The five-year program will support approximately 40 outstanding biomedical researchers working outside the United States. The grants, ranging from $40,000 to $90,000 annually and beginning in the fall of 2000, will help the scientists to uncover the mechanisms of infectious and parasitic diseases and identify

"Microbial, viral and parasitic diseases are global health problems," said Purnell W. Choppin, HHMI's president. "Hundreds of millions of people are infected with the organisms that cause diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria. Advances in molecular biology give us powerful new tools for understanding how these organisms cause disease—and how to overcome them. This program will help scientists throughout the world to put these tools to

The Institute is a medical research organization whose primary purpose is the direct conduct of biomedical research in HHMI laboratories located at universities and other research institutions across the United States. HHMI also has a complementary grants program, which includes an international program that has awarded $53 million since 1991 to support biomedical scientists in 19 selected countries. This total will rise to $82 million with this new initiative and the announcement by HHMI on April 29 that it plans to award $15 million in grants to support the research of biomedical scientists in

This new initiative is the first HHMI international competition to focus on scientists conducting research on a specific group of diseases rather than in a particular geographic region. HHMI plans to carry out the competition through nomina

Contact: David Jarmul
Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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