Zika Research Grant
Funded in 2017
The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility have a mission to promote research leading to the development of medical diagnostics and therapeutics for the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases resulting in infertility and adverse pregnancy outcomes, including infectious diseases such as the Zika virus.
These research grants are intended to support the rapid development and immediate deployment of strategies to
- diagnose Zika infection in women and men of reproductive age;
- treat women and men desiring reproduction in order to prevent transmission of the Zika virus;
- prevent transmission of Zika virus during infertility treatment through assisted reproductive technologies;
- prevent adverse effects of Zika virus infection on the offspring; and
- determine the permanent consequences of Zika virus infection on the offspring.
Following are the projects funded by the 2017 Zika Research Grant sponsored by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility:
- Young-Min Lee, Ph.D., Utah State University, “Rapid development of a zika virus vaccine for the prevention of perinatal transmission,” $46,750
- Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center, “Isolation of protective ZIKV-neutralizing maternal monoclonal antibodies for safe prophylactic use in the preconception period,” $46,750
- Danny Schust, M.D., University of Missouri School of Medicine, “Development and optimization of a novel, rapid and inexpensive ZIKV diagnostic for semen and safe semen preparation techniques for ZIKV serodiscordant couples during pregnancy,” $46,750
- Hadi Shafiee, Ph.D., Brigham and Women’s Hospital, “Rapid Zika virus detection using a cellphone-based diagnostic assay,” $46,750
- Michael Zavy, Ph.D., H.C.L.D., University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, “Zika virus infection, reproductive organ targeting and semen transmission in the male olive baboon,” $44,749