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$15 Million Grant to the University of Maryland from Gates Foundation

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The University of Maryland has received a $15 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funding will be used to support research at the Institute of Human Virology (IHV) in the School of Medicine at the University of Maryland. This research will focus on further developing a promising human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immune deficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS) vaccine candidate created by IHV. In early studies, this vaccine has shown potential to provide broad protection against HIV.

The $15 million, 5-year grant is part of the Gates Foundation's Collaboration for AIDS Vaccine Discovery, an international network of research consortia focused on accelerating the pace of HIV vaccine development. The grant is focused to permit further testing and development of a promising vaccine candidate.

The grant is being awarded to the University of Maryland Biotechnology Institute (UMBI), IHV's former parent university. The grant will be transferred to the University of Maryland School of Medicine as part of IHV's transition from a component of UMBI to the School of Medicine. IHV, founded and directed by Robert C. Gallo, MD, is located in Baltimore and is an institute of the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Since its founding in 1996, IHV has become a world leader in HIV/AIDS research and treatment.

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