URI to announce $11 million grant to study mosquito-borne illness

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Dengue fever infects 100 million people each year in tropics

August 2, 2013

WHO: University of Rhode Island Research Professor Alan Rothman, U.S. Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse and U.S. Representatives James Langevin and David Cicilline.

WHAT: The URI researcher has received an $11.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to continue his studies of dengue fever, a deadly mosquito-borne disease that infects about 100 million people each year in the tropics and sub-tropics. The research includes laboratory studies at URI’s Institute for Immunology and Informatics in Providence, field studies in Thailand and the Phillipines, and collaborations with scientists at Brown University, Rhode Island Hospital, Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, and other institutions. The grant is one of the largest ever awarded to a URI researcher.

WHEN: Monday, August 5, at 10 to 10:30 a.m. (Tour of lab and briefing by Dr. Rothman only — No formal speaking program)

WHERE: The Institute for Immunology and Informatics on the third floor of the URI Providence Campus, 80 Washington St., Providence.

CONTACT: Todd McLeish, URI Department of Communications and Marketing, 401-874-7892 or tmcleish@uri.edu.