The University of New South Wales has received its largest ever philanthropic grant. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated $18 million to the National Centre in HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research, based at the university for an international research project which could increase drug therapy to HIV-AIDS sufferers in developing countries.
The study will take in almost 700 HIV sufferers internationally and will seek to identify the “buffer” in the drug’s effectiveness as a method of discovering the minimum effective dose. Discovering proof that lower doses could be used without affecting the drug’s effectiveness would mean that millions of extra lives could be saved for the same amount of the drug.
Apr. 27, 2009
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