UVA gets $1.26M in federal funds for medical research

The Daily Progress
Ruth Serven Smith
February 5, 2019

The University of Virginia has received $1.26 million in federal funding for medical research in heart disease, neurological disorders and identifying infection pathways.

Tajie Harris, an assistant professor of neurology, received a one-year grant to further her research on brain infections.

“We want to understand how the immune system in the brain responds to infection,” she said. “The more we understand how the system works in the brain, the more we understand the implications of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.”

Harris’ bridge grant, she said, will allow her to do some additional research to strengthen a proposal for a five-year grant.

Overall, the following programs at UVa will receive funding from the National Institutes of Health:

» Heart and Vascular Diseases Research will receive $782,464.

» Clinical Research Related to Neurological Disorders will receive $399,281.

» Allergy, Immunology, and Transplantation Research will receive $80,750.

Virginia Sens. Mark R. Warner and Tim Kaine praised the funding on Tuesday.

“We’re excited to announce funding to support medical research in these important fields,” the senators said in a statement. “The University of Virginia is a leader in the medical community and these funds can ensure its research departments have the resources they need to conduct thorough, life-saving work.”

Ruth Serven Smith is a reporter for The Daily Progress. Contact her at (434) 978-7254, rserven@dailyprogress.com or @RuthServen on Twitter.

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