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.