CSU receives $3.65 million in TB grants from Gates Foundation

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will support researchers at Colorado State University with five grants to further their research on the diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis.

The $3.65 million in awarded grants will contribute to the fight against the evolving and emerging disease that kills approximately 1.7 million people worldwide each year, according to the World Health Organization. The grants were announced earlier in August, reports.

The research could improve the effectiveness and affordability of diagnostics for TB.

"The fact that five grants were given to Colorado State researchers in a short period of time is a testament to how well established and respected the tuberculosis program is at Colorado State," Gregg Dean, the head of the Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology, said, according to"It speaks to the talent and capability of this program and is evidence that the program has made significant contributions to human health."

The research funded by the grants includes the development of a faster, cheaper and simpler TB test that would replace a skin test that has been in place since the 1940s.

Other research projects include the identification of molecules in serum, saliva or urine that could be used to diagnose TB, according to