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UC Irvine banks $45 million for infectious disease research

Five-year renewal grant is largest yet for the campus.

By Kristen SchottPublished: May 13, 2009 02:45 PM

UC Irvine was awarded a five-year, $45 million renewal grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to study viral agents and pathogens. This is the largest grant the campus has received.

The funds were bestowed upon the Pacific-Southwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Diseases Research at UCI, as well as Dr. Alan Barbour (right), the center's director and an infectious disease expert at the university. The new renewal grant stems from the center's original four-year, $40 million award that was given when it was formed in May 2005.

The center is among 11 federally funded research sites dedicated to countering threats from bioterrorism agents and emerging infections. Its researchers can be found at UCI, as well as 19 other universities and institutes throughout California, Arizona, Nevada and Hawaii.

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