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Gates Foundation supports HIV researchers

VCU is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

With the $100,000 grant, researchers from the VCU Institute for Women’s HealthVCU schools of MedicineNursing, and World Studies in the VCU College of Humanities and Sciences, will work with community partners in Ségou, Mali, to pursue an innovative global health and development research project, titled “Reducing Harmful Inflammation and Attenuating Immune System Deterioration in HIV-Infected Malian Women.”

“This award will help us determine how certain beneficial intestinal bacteria in HIV-infected women in Africa relate to immune system function,” said principal investigator Daniel Nixon, D.O., Ph.D., director of the VCU HIV Center and associate professor in the Department of Internal Medicine. Patricia Cummins, Ph.D., professor of French in the VCU School of World Studies, and Saba Masho, M.D., associate professor of epidemiology and community health in the VCU School of Medicine, serve as co-principal investigators of the study.

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NIH renews research grant for VCU Center on Health Disparities to examine preterm birth

The Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Health Disparities has been awarded a five-year grant renewal totaling $6.2 million from the National Institute of Health’s Institute on Minority Health Disparities for research, research training and community outreach in the area of preterm birth.

The high rate of premature births in the United States remains a public health concern. Preterm or premature birth is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity in African Americans. The causes and mechanisms explaining preterm birth — and especially the disparity in African Americans — are poorly understood.

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