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Interdisciplinary Team Earns Gates Foundation Award

Posted by on Wednesday, April 28, 2010 in Digest, Spring 2010.

Professor of Biomedical Engineering Rick Haselton and Associate Professor of Chemistry David Wright have received a $100,000 Grand Challenges Explorations grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to research the development of a simple, low-cost diagnostic test for malaria. Haselton and Wright propose using nanoparticles and chemistry to develop a malaria infection test suitable for locations that lack electricity, refrigeration and highly trained technicians. The project is one of 76 grants announced by the Gates Foundation in the third funding round of Grand Challenges Explorations, a highly competitive initiative to help scientists around the world explore bold and largely unproven ways to improve health in developing countries.