August 25, 2020

Cortez Masto Applauds $444,000 NIH Grant Award for University of Nevada Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nev. – U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) today announced a Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases award of $444,540 to the University of Nevada Las Vegas for Allergy, Immunology & Transplantation research. 

“The University of Nevada Las Vegas is one of the nation’s top public research institutions thanks to the pioneering work conducted by its faculty and students. The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of medical research, and as our country continues to address those challenges, the work of UNLV in solving today’s unanswered health problems is more important than ever. I’m proud to announce this new grant funding that will continue to support UNLV researchers as they conduct innovative research that has the potential to save millions of lives and make a global impact.”


Specifically, this HHS grant will go towards the understanding of transcriptional silencing and anti-silencing mechanism in Shigella, which causes around 600,000 deaths worldwide annually. 

Research is led by Helen J. Wing, Associate Professor of Molecular Microbiology in the School of Life Sciences at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. 

More on the study of Allergy, Immunology and Transplantation can be found here.