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New Investigator grant: Respiratory infections in children

Published: January 30, 2006

Brian Lichty, an assistant professor in the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, has received a new investigator grant of $122,000 for a study of viruses that cause respiratory infections in children.

The research project will involve studying a set of genes unique to certain respiratory viruses that cause chest colds in children, and may exacerbate asthma. It is suspected that these genes play a key role in allowing these viruses to evade the human immune response.

It is hoped that better understanding of how these viruses grow, will help to identify targets for future discovery of drugs that can intervene in the development of infections caused by the viruses.

The money is from the SickKids Foundation National Grants Program, and the Institute of Human Development Child and Youth Health of the Canadian Institutes for Health Research.

The SickKids Foundation is the largest non-government granting agency in child health in Canada. Since 2000, the foundation has awarded more than $800,000 to McMaster University.

Dr. Lichty is also a member of McMaster’s Centre for Gene Therapeutics.

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