Mailman Center for Infection and Immunity Receives Grant to Research New Pathogens

From the ASPH weekly newsletter:

The Center for Infection and Immunity, directed by Dr. W. Ian Lipkin, John Snow Professor of Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health, and professor of Neurology and Pathology at Columbia University, is one of six recipients selected by Google.org to receive the award. Dr. Lipkin and colleagues have discovered more than 75 viruses to date, established critical links between infection and the development of acute and chronic diseases, including pneumonia, meningitis/encephalitis, cancer, and mental illness.

Google.org announced the grants of over $14 million to support partners working in Southeast Asia and Africa to prevent the next pandemic. It’s Predict and Prevent initiative is supporting efforts to identify hot spots where diseases may emerge, detect new pathogens circulating in animal and human populations, and respond to outbreaks before they become global crises.

“The Global Pathome Initiative will give us an edge in the war between man and microbe by enabling pathogen discovery and containment at the source,” said Dr. Lipkin.

For more information on the Center for Infection and Immunity, visit http://cii.columbia.edu/.

Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has awarded Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health’s Center for Infection and Immunity (CII) a $2.5 million multi-year grant to support research to accelerate the discovery of new pathogens and to enable rapid, regional response to outbreaks by establishing molecular diagnostics in hot spot countries including Sierra Leone and Bangladesh.

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