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URMC Lung Research Awarded $4.7M to Establish a Respiratory Pathogens Research Center

December 27, 2011

The University of Rochester Medical Center has been awarded $4.7 million from the Federal government, with several options for additional funding, to establish a center to study the germs that cause lung disease. The center is being established by NIH to help protect citizens against bacteria and viruses that take aim at the respiratory system. These cause pneumonia and flu, as well as a host of other infections caused by lesser-known but still-deadly microbes such as coronaviruses, metapneumoviruses, parainfluenza viruses, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), as well as a host of bacteria.

“There is a desperate need to understand how these infections lead to complications, and a need to develop better ways to treat or prevent these diseases,” said David Topham, professor of Microbiology and Immunology, who assembled a team of scientists and physicians with uncommonly broad expertise in respiratory diseases to create the center.

“Our team is a great mix of physicians and nurses who take care of patients, researchers who study patients, and investigators who explore the science of the respiratory system. And many of our people do all three,” said Topham. “It’s our ability to put patient care and research together that makes this work. That’s our strength at Rochester.” Read more...

$4.7 Million Award to URMC Could Mean Possible Cures, Jobs

December 27, 2011

The University of Rochester Medical Center just received a multimillion dollar federal award that could change medicine and bring new jobs to the area. Over 7 years, the university could receive $35 million to $50 million. The center will create or retain 250 jobs for lab technicians, nurses, analysts, scientists and more. The goal is to better understand the bacteria and microbes that cause infections, as well as develop vaccines and possible cures.

Center Directors David Topham and Ann Falsey and the UR Medical Center are already preparing for the new research projects for the center. "I think it's important for Rochester because it really establishes us as one of the leading national centers in the study of respiratory infections," Topham said. "What we don't understand is why some people get severely ill with these infections and others are just fine," Topham said. "We'd like to understand that and that's one of the things we'll be studying in the center."