HHMI has awarded $15 million to support research on infectious and parasitic diseases by 45 scientists in 20 countries.

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) has awarded $15 million in grants to help scientists outside the United States develop new approaches to overcoming malaria, tuberculosis, Chagas disease, Lassa fever, amebiasis and other infectious and parasitic diseases.

"These diseases cause great suffering around the world, particularly in developing countries, yet they receive inadequate scientific attention," said HHMI President Thomas R. Cech in announcing the grants to 45 scientists in 20 countries. "There is a great opportunity to apply the new tools of molecular biology and related fields to learn exactly how these diseases cause so much harm and to develop fundamentally new approaches to controlling, or even curing, them. We've identified a group of outstanding scientists who can push this research forward."

Each scientist will receive between $225,000 and $450,000 over five years. HHMI selected them competitively on the basis of their accomplishments, potential and research plans. Some of the scientists focus on specific diseases, while others study biological processes that underlie many diseases or specialize in topics such as the emergence of new pathogens or drug-resistant strains. The researchers use diverse tools, ranging from new genomic techniques to X-ray crystallography, mathematical modeling and epidemiology. The scientists come from Argentina (1); Australia (11); Bangladesh (1); Brazil (4); Canada (4); France (3); Germany (1); Greece (1); Guinea (1); India (1); Israel (1); Mexico (4); Russia (2); South Africa (1); Switzerland (1); Taiwan (1); Uganda (1); United Kingdom (4); Uruguay (1) and Venezuela (1).

The initiative is HHMI's first international competition to focus on scientists working on a specific research topic rather than in a particular geographic region. HHMI's international program has previously awarded $53 million in grants to scientists in 19 countries. HHMI also has two other international competitions under way. The first will award $15 million for biomedical scientists in the Baltics, Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union; the other, $16.25 million for biomedical scientists in Canada and Latin America. This international program complements HHMI's principal activity of carrying out research with its own scientific teams at 72 locations across the United States.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
International Research Scholars Program
Infectious Diseases and Parasitology 2000 Awardees




Lujan, Hugo Daniel

National University of Cordoba


Carter, Deidre Anne

University of Sydney

Coppel, Ross Leon

Monash University

Cowman, Alan Frederick

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Crabb, Brendan Scott

University of Melbourne

Foote, Simon James

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Heath, William Ross

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research

Karupiah, Gunasegaran

University of Sydney

McConville, Malcolm John

University of Melbourne

McFadden, Geoffrey Ian

University of Melbourne

Plebanski, Magdalena

The Austin Research Institute

Schofield, Louis

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research


Haque, Rashidul

International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research


Briones, Marcelo R.S.

Federal University of São Paulo

Carvalho, Edgar M.

Federal University of Bahia

Lima, Aldo Angelo Moreira

Federal University of Ceara

Oliveira, Pedro Lagerblad

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro


Boone, Charles

University of Toronto

Finlay, B. Brett

University of British Columbia

Malo, Danielle

McGill University

Strynadka, Natalie C.

University of British Columbia


Cossart, Pascale Francoise

Pasteur Institute of Paris

Ménard, Robert

Pasteur Institute of Paris

Sansonetti, Philippe Joseph

Pasteur Institute of Paris


Göringer, H. Ulrich

Darmstadt University of Technology


Mosialos, George

Biomedical Sciences Center Fleming


ter Meulen, Jan

University of Conakry, Institute for Microbiology


Chitnis, Chetan Eknath

International Centre for Genetics and Biotechnology


Michaeli, Shulamit

Bar-Ilan University


Garcia-Garcia, Ma. de Lourdes

National Institute of Public Health

López, Susana

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Puente, Jose Luis

National Autonomous University of Mexico

Sciutto, Edda Lydia

National Autonomous University of Mexico


Apt, Alexander S.

Central Research Institute of Tuberculosis, Russian Academy of Sciences

Nedospasov, Sergei A.

Engelhardt Institute of Molecular Biology, Russian Academy of Sciences

South Africa

Mizrahi, Valerie

South African Institute for Medical Research (SAIMR)


Sanglard, Dominique

Institut de Microbiologie - CHUV


Chen, Pei-Jer

National Taiwan University


Egwang, Thomas G.

Medical Biotechnology Labs, Kampala

United Kingdom

Ferguson, Neil Morris

University of Nottingham

Hill, Adrian Vivian S

University of Oxford

Roberts, David John

University of Oxford

Soldati, Dominique

University of London, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine


Radi, Rafael

University of the Republic


Urbina, Julio A.

Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC)

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