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U of R gets grant to study allergies, infectious diseases

A National Institutes of Health grant of nearly $3 million has been awarded to the University of Rochester to study allergies and infectious diseases, specifically influenza.

“The University of Rochester does amazing research on infectious diseases and I’m glad they have been selected by National Institutes of Health to continue this critical work on combating influenza,” said U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter of Fairport, a microbiologist by training and lifelong proponent of medical research funding, who has been vocal about cuts made to the NIH and other research organizations as part of the sequester.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, influenza and pneumonia claimed the lives of more than 50,000 Americans in 2010.