University of Massachusetts, Amherst

With these funds the Institute for Drug Resistance (IDR) was created to serve the drug resistance research and clinical communities. Founded upon the observation that close parallels can be drawn between resistance seen in one disease state and resistance within another, the IDR believes that cross-disciplinary collaboration and discussion could allow for a better understanding of resistance and result in real clinical benefits.

Our goal is to shift the paradigm of drug resistance first in drug design strategies and realizing the parallels of quickly evolving diseases. We plan to achieve this through interdisciplinary communication and synergistic collaboration. The institute will: Facilitate connection of existing expertise, provide infrastructure for targeting quickly evolving diseases, and enable collaborations between research and industrial scientists and clinicians.

Engage in STEM (E-STEM) is a newly established afterschool education program that pairs middle school students in high needs districts with undergraduate scientist mentors who inspire them to engage in meaningful research projects, where they gain hands-on experience in scientific data collection, analysis, visualization, modeling and interpretation.

US Army

This proposal is designed to test a novel approach to controlling polymicrobial environments to limit the Warfighter’s exposure to pathogenic organisms.

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