NIH award to support integrated pathogen and vector genomics information resources

Sand fly Lutzomyia longipalpis. Credit: Dr Ray Wilson. www.raywilsonbirdphotography.co.uk/

NIH award to support integrated pathogen and vector genomics information resources

16 Oct 2019 - 09:10

A team led by scientists at the University of Pennsylvania and University of Georgia provides thousands of researchers around the world with access to the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database (EuPathDB), a collection of resources for analyzing large-scale datasets associated with microbial pathogens. These include the parasites responsible for malaria, sleeping sickness, and toxoplasmosis; the fungi responsible for thrush, aspergillosis and Valley Fever; and many other important diseases.

In parallel, a team led by investigators at the University of Notre Dame, and including researchers at EMBL's European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) has been responsible for similar resources covering invertebrate vectors of disease (VectorBase), including the mosquitoes transmitting malaria, Zika, and yellow fever, the ticks responsible for Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, and others.

To ensure that this important work continues, the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a new contract to integrate these resources, worth up to $7.2 million in 2019-2020. The five-year award for this project, now rebranded as The Eukaryotic Pathogen, Host & Vector Genomics Resource (VEuPathDB.org), could total as much as $38.4 million if all associated options are exercised.

Read the full press release here.

Contact the news team

Oana Stroe
Senior Communications Officer
stroe@ebi.ac.uk
+44 (0)1223 494 369

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