Fri., May 4, 2012 7:58am (EDT)

Grant Funds UGA Tuberculosis Study
By Associated Press
Updated: 2 years ago

ATHENS, Ga.  —  
University of Georgia researcher Christopher Whalen will use a five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study what types of human interaction are causing the spread of tuberculosis in Africa’s urban areas. (Photo Courtesy of <a href=http://www.radpod.org/2008/01/16/thoracoplasty/>Radiology Picture of the Day blog</a>.)
University of Georgia researcher Christopher Whalen will use a five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study what types of human interaction are causing the spread of tuberculosis in Africa’s urban areas. (Photo Courtesy of Radiology Picture of the Day blog.)
A University of Georgia researcher has received a nearly $3 million federal grant to track how tuberculosis spreads in Africa's urban areas.

Christopher Whalen will use the five-year National Institutes of Health grant to study along with researchers in Uganda at Makerere University. Experts say there are 9 million new episodes of TB each year.

His research will focus on identifying what types of human interaction are causing the spread of the disease and where in each community it is most likely being transmitted.

The study will track a group of not-ill patients over a year to determine the types of interaction they are having.