Center for Biological Sequence Analysis gains US grant  

2004.12.17
The Center for Biological Sequence Analysis at DTU has received a DKK 23 mn grant from the US National Institute of Health to conduct research in vaccine development

The Center for Biological Sequence Analysis (CBS) at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) has received a DKK 23 mn (USD 4.1 mn) grant from the US National Institute of Health to research into vaccine development for diseases such as TB, Ebola virus and Marburg virus. In collaboration with the University of Copenhagen, CBS will analyse fragments of virus, called cytotoxic T cell (CTL) epitopes. Knowledge of these epitopes can be used to design vaccines.

 

Through experimental work and bioinformatic analysis of data, the aim is to develop improved methods for predicting CTL epitopes. These methods can then be used to scan a number of microorganisms that cause global health problems, one being tuberculosis which WHO estimates killed 1.5 million people in 2002.

 

The 5 year contract is one of only three agreements that the National Institute of Health has made outside the US under its Large-Scale Antibody and T Cell Epitope Discovery Programme. The news is reported by national newspaper Berlingske Tidende and on DTU's website.

 

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