Recent NIH Funding for Pitt Global Health Research

Issue Date: 
January 10, 2011

The University of Pittsburgh’s global health research programs receive significant funding from the National Institutes of Health. Among the more recent NIH grants are:

•  $13.4 million to establish a Center of Excellence in Modeling of Infectious Diseases Led by Donald S. Burke, dean of Pitt’s Graduate School of Public Health and associate vice chancellor for global health, the center develops and tests computer simulations that will enable public health officials to evaluate intervention strategies to contain infectious disease outbreaks.

$7.2 million to develop microbicides against HIV transmission Principal investigator is Phalguni Gupta, professor and assistant chair, GSPH’s Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology.

$17.5 million for two HIV-prevention projects, the Combination HIV Antiretroviral Rectal Microbicide (CHARM) program and the Microbicide Safety and Acceptability in Young Men program. Ian McGowan, a professor of medicine and of obstetrics, gynecology, and reproductive sciences in Pitt’s School of Medicine, is principal investigator for CHARM. He and Alex Carballo-Dieguez from Columbia University are coprincipal investigators of the second program.