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UNC to Lead NIH Grant to Examine How Deadly Viruses Replicate and Cause Disease

A team of researchers at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill and the University of Wisconsin has received a National Institutes of Health grant for more than $10 million to study the pathogenic activity of viruses, including severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), Ebola, highly pathogenic influenza, and herpesvirus HHV8. Dr. Ralph Baric, epidemiology professor at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, will lead the efforts on the respiratory syndromes at UNC, with support from the laboratories of Dr. Mark Heise, associate professor of genetics, and Dr. Dirk Dittmer, professor of microbiology and immunology, both in the UNC School of Medicine.