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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards WSU $200K in health grants

November 5, 2012

Wayne State University announced Friday it had been awarded two Grand Challenges Explorations research grants, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, totaling nearly $200,000. The first project, "Linoleic acid as a preventative and-or therapeutic agent for Cholera," is led by Jeffrey Withey, assistant professor of immunology and microbiology in WSU's School of Medicine. The second project, "Mobile immunization tracking and management systems," is a collaborative effort by Paul Kilgore, M.P.H., M.D., associate professor of pharmacy practice in WSU's Eugene Applebaum College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences and Weisong Shi, Ph.D., associate professor of computer science in WSU's College of Engineering. "Wayne State's projects seek to help areas of the world where our research ideas can make an impact on lives," said Hilary Ratner, vice president for research at Wayne State University. "We are pleased to work with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to foster innovative ideas to overcome health challenges through proper treatment and availability of appropriate vaccines and medicines. These projects have significant potential to help others."