Penn Medicine Investigators Receive NIH Grants for Transformative Research

October 12, 2010

Penn Medicine News Release

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine investigators are among the 20 recipients nationwide of an NIH grant that encourages investigators to submit proposals for risky ideas. The National Institute of Health (NIH) will award up to $64 million over five years for his year's NIH Director's Transformative Research Projects (T-R01). David Weiner, PhD, professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, will receive $3.2 million in collaboration with the Public Health Service of Canada and biotech firm Inovio Corp., to develop a universal flu vaccine, one that is intended to protect against all strains of flu. George Coukos, MD, PhD, the Celso Ramon Garcia Chair in Reproductive Biology and Director of the Ovarian Cancer Research Center, in collaboration with Chaitanya Divgi, MD, Chief, Nuclear Medicine, and Carl June, MD, Director of Translational Research at the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute, will receive $3.2 million over five years to develop a personalized immunotherapy that attacks and destroys blood vessels of the targeted tumor. Read More