Gates Foundation Provides $10 Million for Malaria Research

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a $10 million grant to the Seattle Biomedical Research Institute to support research in developing a vaccine to prevent malaria in pregnant women, the Associated Press reports.

The grant will support the institute's malaria antigen discovery program. According to the institute, the most promising candidates for a vaccine will be studied at a field laboratory in Muheza, Tanzania, where the institute is studying malaria in pregnant mothers and their infants. In 2000, the foundation provided $5 million to start the institute's malaria research program.

"This grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will support SBRI's research that could lead to the first vaccine to prevent pregnancy malaria," said institute president Ken Stuart.

"Gates Foundation Awards Grant to Center." Associated Press 12/18/2003.