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CIMD Receives $2.9M Grant from NIH
The Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease (CIMD) at Albany Medical College has received a $2.9 million 5-year Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases entitled "Criteria-Directed Vaccine Generation Via Ag Mimicry, Adjuvancy, and APC-Targeting". 

Edmund J. Gosselin, Ph.D., Professor, CIMD, is the Program Director, and Karsten R.O. Hazlett, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CIMD, and Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Associate Professor, CIMD, are Co-Principal Investigators.

Dr. Sun '06 Receives $1,956,040 National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Grant
Keer Sun, Ph.D. '06, Assistant Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College, has received a five-year grant in the amount of $1,956,040 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in support of her research entitled "Oxidative Burst in Influenza and MRSA Co-Infection".

Dr. Furuya Receives $32,500 American Lung Association Fellowship Renewal
Yoichi Furuya, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College, has received a one-year renewal of his Senior Research Training Fellowship in the amount of $32,500 from the American Lung Association for continued support of his postdoctoral research entitled "Adaptive Anti-Influenza Virus Immune Responses in Asthmatic Mice".  (Mentor: Dr. Dennis W. Metzger)

Dr. Sellati and Dr. Welsh Receive $50,000 NY Cap Research Alliance Grant
Timothy J. Sellati, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College, in collaboration with JoEllen Welsh, Ph.D., Empire Innovations Professor in the Department of Environmental Health Sciences at UAlbany, have received a grant in the amount of $50,000 from the NY Cap Research Alliance (a Capital Region Economic Development Council priority project), in support of their research entitled "Control of Inflammation-Associated Cancer by Vitamin D and CD14". 

Dr. Konan Receives $434,500 NIH Exploratory/Development Grant
Kouacou V. Konan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a two-year Exploratory/Development Grant in the amount of $434,500 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in support of his research entitled "Nonstructural 4B Protein and Hepatitis C Virus Production".

CIMD Receives $10.2M Program Project Grant from NIH
The Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a $10.2 million 5-year Program Project Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases entitled "Immunobiology and Pathogenesis of Pulmonary Tularemia". This grant represents continued funding for years 9-13 of CIMD's current biodefense research against Francisella tularensis.  

CIMD faculty involved in this Program Project Grant are Drs. Dennis W. Metzger, Guangchun Bai, James R. Drake, Edmund J. Gosselin, Jonathan A. Harton, Karsten R.O. Hazlett, and Timothy J. Sellati.   Read Press Release

Dr. Friedrich Receives $437,389 NIH Exploratory/Development Grant
Thomas D. Friedrich, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a two-year Exploratory/
Development Grant in the amount of $437,389 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in support of his research entitled "The DNA Damage Response as a Therapeutic Target in BK Virus Nephropathy". David J. Conti, M.D., F.A.C.S., Director of Organ Transplantation at Albany Medical Center and Professor of Surgery at Albany Medical College, is Co-Investigator on this grant.

Dr. Drake Receives $434,500 NIH Exploratory/Development Grant
James R. Drake, Ph.D., Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a two-year Exploratory/Development Grant in the amount of $434,500 from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in support of his research entitled "Characterization of the MHC Class II Peptide Loading Complex".

Dr. Bai Receives $308,000 American Heart Association Grant
Guangchun Bai, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a four-year Scientist Development Grant in the amount of $308,000 from the American Heart Association in support of his research entitled "Interaction Between TB Bacilli and Host via Cyclic Nucleotides".

Dr. Konan Receives $392,758 Bridge Grant from NIH
Kouacou V. Konan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a one-year Bridge Grant from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the amount of $392,758, in support of his research entitled "Nonstructural 4B Protein and Hepatitis C Virus Replication Complex".

Dr. Hazlett Receives $3.1M Grant from the Department of Defense
Karsten R.O. Hazlett, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Center for Immunology & Microbial Disease at Albany Medical College has received a $3.1M 5.5-year grant from the U.S. Department of Defense in support of his research entitled "Protein, Lipid, Chemical and Structural Signatures of Differentially-Cultivated Francisella tularensis and Acinetobacter baumannii". This research will be performed in collaboration with the University of Maryland and the University of Chicago. 

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