NIH Awards Faculty $4 Million in Research Grants

NIH AwardeesThree Creighton faculty members in the School of Medicine, School of Pharmacy and Health Professions, and the College of Arts and Sciences have received about $4 million in research dollars from the National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Xian-Ming Chen, professor of medical microbiology and immunology, received a $2 million award over 5 years to study the interactions between a parasite and intestinal epithelial cells. His goal is to discover information about parasite-host interactions that could lead to new strategies for treating such infections.

Two faculty members received significant awards to fund innovative HIV research. Chris Destache, Pharm.D., was awarded over $1.5 million to develop better drug delivery systems in treatment of HIV. NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases awarded Annemarie Shibata, associate professor of cellular neuroscience, nearly $500,000 to develop a combination nano-microbicide in a gel delivery system for prophylactic treatment against HIV-1. Dr. Shibata's project will provide funding for eight undergraduate researchers and will also involve collaboration with Dr. Destache.

Internal grants helped each of the faculty members first develop their research projects and create competitive NIH applications. Shibata received Creighton’s Dr. George F. Haddix President’s Faculty Research Grant and both Chen and Destache received funds from LB 692 New Initiative grants.

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