|Dr Patrick Kobina Arthur Wins "Stars In The Global Health Award"|
Dr. Patrick Kobina Arthur of the Department of Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology has received a research grant funded by Grand Challenges Canada for his project titled: “Proteomic Analysis of the Molecular Mechanisms Of Latency And Drug-Resistance In M. Africanum I and Screen for Novel Antimycobacterials from Fungal Sources”.
Dr. Arthur is one of the 102 winners announced in the first phase of Round 4 of the Stars in Global Health challenge from Grand Challenges Canada. Stars in Global Health, the venture capital-like component of Grand Challenges Canada, supports exceptional innovators who have bold ideas which can make big impact in the area of global health. Innovators/ researchers have to be based either in Canada or in low- or middle-income countries.
This round (i.e., Phase 1, Round 4) saw the award of new grants in the $100, 000 funding level to 102 creative, out-of-the-box ideas which were selected by independent peer review from 436 applications. The ideas awarded share a single goal: to reduce debilitating disease and saving lives in developing countries. Fifty-nine (59) grants went to innovators in 13 low- and middle-income nations worldwide to pursue bold and new imaginative ideas to tackle health problems in resource-poor countries. Forty(40) of these projects are based in seven(7) African countries (14 in Kenya, 10 in Uganda, 7 in Tanzania, 3 in Ethiopia, and 2 each in Ghana, Nigeria and Rwanda).The remaining43 award winners were from Canada.
Dr. Arthur will receive an amount of $113,000 CAD over an eighteen (18) month period for his project which aims at discovering more effective drugs from fungal sources for the treatment of tuberculosis. The project is also expected to discover new drugs which are effective in the treatment of both latent and drug-resistant tuberculosis which is now a major global health challenge.
The Office of Research, Innovation and Development (ORID) congratulates Dr. Arthur on his award.
|Date Published: 08/05/2013|