Jefferson Researcher Receives Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Grant

Milosz Faber, PhD

Milosz Faber, PhD

Jefferson researcher Milosz Faber, PhD, in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology was one of 81 winners of new Grand Challenges Explorations grants funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The prestigious grants of $100,000 are intended to incubate “innovation in global health research.”

The Gates Foundation “committed $100 million to encourage scientists worldwide to expand the pipeline of ideas to fight our greatest health challenges.”

Winners of the phase 1 $100,000 grant become eligible for phase 2 funding of up to $1 million.
The foundation funded Dr. Faber’s project entitled “development of a single dose contraceptive rabies vaccine.”

The goal is to develop a vaccine to prevent rabies for dogs which are often associated with human rabies cases. Rabies leads to an estimated 70,000 deaths a year and affects some 15 million people, many of whom are children.

The Gates Foundation grants were reported by WHYY’s Newsworks. You can read more online here.

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