Centres for disease control’s grant to Manipal University

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Manipal UniversityBANGALORE: Manipal Centre for Virus Research (MCVR), a research department of Manipal University, has been awarded the Research Cooperative Agreement Grant worth $1.143 million by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), United State Department of Health and Human Services through the Coordinating Office of Global Health (GH).

The grant was awarded for the application submitted by G Arunkumar, professor and head, MCVR and Dr TMA Pai Endowed Chair in Translational Virology for the project “Hospital Based Surveillance of Acute Febrile Illness in Western Ghat Region of India” for detecting etiologies of emerging infectious disease in the Western Ghats region of Karnataka and Kerala.

The other departments of Manipal University involved in this grant are Departments of Statistics, Public Health, Microbiology (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal & Mangalore), Community Medicine (Kasturba Medical College, Manipal) and School of Communication. The CDC grant, in addition to providing financial aid also provides technical support from the sponsoring agency leading to significant capacity building in the host institution. The grant opens up exciting prospects of international research collaborations and additional funding.

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