TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, 2016

NIH awards five-year grant for genome center

The National Institutes of Health recently awarded a five-year grant to the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI) to establish and operate a Genome Center for Infectious Diseases.

The grant, which could fund up to $25 million for the center, is intended to further develop and enhance understanding of infectious diseases by studying the pathogens responsible for them. The results of the research will be available to the broader scientific community.

"Since the earliest days of the Institute, pathogen genomics and infectious disease research has been one of our key focus areas given the grave health and economic toll infectious diseases take on societies globally," J. Craig Venter, the founder and CEO of JCVI, said. "We are very pleased to be the recipients of this major grant from NIAID and look forward to enabling a more in-depth understanding of pathogen biology and potentially aiding in better treatments and preventative measures against infectious disease."

The research will involve more than 50 collaborators from approximately 40 organizations worldwide. JCVI President Karen Nelson and Professor William Nierman with the Infectious Disease Group will lead the study.

JCVI is a nonprofit research group based in Rockville, Md., and San Diego, Calif. The center employs approximately 250 scientists and staff who specialize in biology and information technology.

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