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UI Research Training Program in Infectious Diseases receives funding

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $680,000 grant renewal to the University of Iowa Research Training Program in Infectious Diseases.

This interdisciplinary program, composed of more than 60 UI faculty from nine different departments, is now in its 12th year. The program provides research training for M.D. and Ph.D. postdoctoral trainees in multiple aspects of infectious diseases. These range from the study of the function of various cellular host defense systems to investigating at a molecular level how major groups of microorganisms that cause human infection (viruses, bacteria, fungi, and parasites) evade these host defenses and cause disease.

An additional goal of the program is to train future investigators how to combine the skills of laboratory investigation and epidemiology to improve the ability to diagnose and treat infectious diseases.

The program is directed by Dr. Bradley Britigan, professor of internal medicine and director of the department's Division of Infectious Diseases, and by Jerrold Weiss, Ph.D., professor of internal medicine.

10/27/98