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February 02, 2015

Stanford U. Gets $50-Million Gates Grant for Vaccine Work

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awarded a 10-year, $50-million grant to Stanford University on Friday to speed the development of vaccines targeting the world's deadliest diseases, reports Reuters. The money will help establish a new center on the California campus focused on harnessing the immune system to develop treatments for AIDS, malaria, and other illnesses.

"What we need is a new generation of vaccines and new approaches to vaccination," said Mark Davis, a professor of medicine who will lead the new Stanford Human Systems Immunology Center. "This will require a better understanding of the human immune response and clearer predictions about vaccine efficacy for particular diseases."