The United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID) recently awarded a $5.3 million contract to the National Strategic Research Institute (NSRI) at the University of Nebraska, to enable the university-affiliated research center to further study infectious diseases, specifically biodefense threats.
Ken Bayles, PhD, associate vice chancellor for basic science research at UNMC and project initiator for the research contract, and the UNMC research team will work closely with Mariano Sanchez-Lockhart, a USAMRIID research scientist.
"The key role UNMC played in the United States 2014 Ebola epidemic response is only the beginning to what our researchers and clinicians can contribute to this field," Dr Bayles said in a press release about the funds.
The research team will characterize the immunological response to various pathogens of interest, the results of which will likely help guide development of therapeutics to fight infectious pathogens in the future.
The University of Nebraska’s National Strategic Research Institute was awarded a five-year, $5.3 million contract from the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases last month to conduct research on current and emerging biodefense threats.