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Institute for Drug Resistance (IDR) Directors Dr. Peg Riley, Professor of Biology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Dr. Celia Schiffer, Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Pharmacy at the University of Massachusetts Medical School have received an award from the Life Science Moment Fund of the Center for Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Massachusetts. The $150,000 award will support the project "Testing novel antimicrobials to treat chronic Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections in CF lung."
The UMass Life Sciences Moment Fund serves as a dedicated pool of funding to spur inter-campus collaboration and strengthen the university’s research portfolio in the clinical and translational research space. By providing seed funding to outstanding university faculty members, this fund facilitates the development of faculty-to-faculty networks within the university system, thereby leveraging the considerable expertise and resources that exist on the individual campuses.
Current and future projects supported by this fund are envisioned to develop into larger initiatives that attract substantial funding from extramural sources, including the federal government, the state, industry, foundations and others.