Thursday, March 19, 2009

New Institute for Tuberculosis and HIV Research Created in South Africa

Mass. General researcher Bruce Walker to have leadership role

A groundbreaking partnership between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) in South Africa will establish an international research center focused on making major scientific contributions to the worldwide effort to control the devastating co-epidemic of tuberculosis and HIV and on training a new generation of scientists in Africa.

Two leading HHMI investigators with longstanding expertise in TB and HIV research will participate actively in the program: William R. Jacobs, Jr., of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Bruce D. Walker of the Massachusetts General Hospital, who directs the HIV Pathogenesis Program in Durban, a joint initiative of Harvard University and UKZN.

Link to full HHMI news release.

Sue McGreevey,, 617 724-2764

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