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August 01, 2020

Disease research center forming at Kansas State

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Veterinary researchers in a new infectious disease program will try to improve understanding of pathogens affecting people and animals.

A team at Kansas State University is receiving a five-year, $11.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to form the Center on Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, a university announcement states. The team members plan to focus on examining virulence factors of various pathogens and how those pathogens and their hosts interact.

Peter Dorhout, vice president for research at K-State, said in the announcement that the team’s work could help improve understanding of how diseases behave, such as diseases caused by the family of coronaviruses that includes SARS-CoV-2. That work could aid responses to disease outbreaks in humans and animals.

“These teams will deliver science-based solutions to improve people’s lives,” he said.

Dr. Jurgen A. Richt, who is a professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, is director for the new disease center. Philip R. Hardwidge, PhD, professor of diagnostic medicine and pathobiology at the college, is associate director.

The university’s plans for the center include a program to give research project leaders mentoring by nationally and internationally recognized leaders, faculty recruitment to grow and maintain the center, funding for smaller projects at universities in Kansas, and a regional scientific network that will share facilities and provide training to universities in Kansas and surrounding states, the announcement states.