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Hu receives Gates Foundation grant to develop fast, cheap HIV test

Houston, TX - 11/2/2012

The Methodist Hospital Research Institute President and CEO Mauro Ferrari released the following statement today (Nov. 2, 2012):

I am pleased to announce The Methodist Hospital is receiving its first ever Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant in partnership with the Weill Cornell Medical College and Harvard University.

"Tailored Nanodevices to Understand Resistance Against HIV" was funded through the Gates Foundation's Grand Challenges Explorations initiative, which supports some of the most daring research projects in the world.

Tony (Ye) Hu and many of his colleagues here at The Methodist Hospital Research Institute will collaborate with Juan Rodrigo Cubillos-Ruiz of Weill Cornell and Xu Yu and Mathias Lichterfeld of Harvard's Ragon Institute, though most of the work will take place in Houston.

Tony and his colleagues will be using Methodist technology to identify novel biomarkers reflecting the multifactorial processes of potent HIV-1 suppression and create a rapid and inexpensive HIV test that, if successful, could be used not only here in the U.S., but in those areas of the developing world where HIV infection rates are much higher.

It is our hope that Methodist's relationship with Weill Cornell will produce many more exciting projects that, like this one, confront the barriers of scientific knowledge by bringing the best and latest scientific breakthroughs to bear on the world's biggest health problems.

Please join me in congratulating Tony and all of his colleagues on this big win for Methodist and for our scientists.

Mauro Ferrari
President and CEO
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute