In January, the federal government is scheduled to enact automatic budget cuts that will affect almost every category of national spending. Among the cuts will be funds for research, and that has Georgia universities nervous.
Emory University is set to get about $7 million for its part in an intensive national effort to develop a vaccine against HIV and AIDS. The goal is to accelerate vaccine development by supporting multidisciplinary research into immune responses that prevent or contain HIV infection.
A University of Georgia researcher has received a $1.8 million federal grant to develop a vaccine for a new strain of mumps. UGA professor of infectious disease Biao He says the current vaccine, in use since 1967, could be showing signs of weakness after large outbreaks of the disease in 2006 and 2010.