A $13 million grant to study how the Ebola virus replicates has been awarded to a team led by Gaya Amarasinghe, PhD, an associate professor of pathology and immunology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. The grant, from the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), funds research into how the virus replicates and interacts with the body. These studies may lead to the development of drugs that treat Ebola by interfering with the viral replication process. Currently, there are no approved vaccines or specific drugs for the virus.
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