Monday, October 12, 2009

Bioinformatics Institute Gets Huge Award

Virginia Tech's Bioinformatics Institute will receive an award of approximately $27 million from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The five-year, $27,670,448 contract from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the NIH, is the largest, one-time federal award in the history of Virginia Tech.

The funding will be used by the CyberInfrastructure Group (CIG) to support infectious disease research across the globe, namely to integrate vital information on pathogens, provide key resources and tools to scientists, and help researchers to analyze genomic, proteomic and other data arising from infectious disease research.

"Virginia Tech is a leader in bioinformatics related to infectious diseases, and the work the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute performs is extremely valuable not only for Virginia Tech but for the nation,” said 9th District Congressman Rick Boucher. “I am extremely pleased that the National Institutes of Health have recognized the excellence of Virginia Bioinformatics Institute, and I would like to congratulate the Institute on its outstanding work that merited this federal award.”

"This is not the first time the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute has been recognized by the federal government,” added Boucher. "Since its inception, the institute has received more than $90 million in federal funding, more than $15 million of which was obtained through federal appropriations approved by Congress at my request.”

“The new award from the NIH will allow us to continue our work to support infectious disease research and the development of vaccine, diagnostic or therapeutic targets for countermeasures,” said Bruno Sobral professor and director of the CyberInfrastructure Group and principal investigator of the project.

(Virginia Tech press release.)

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