MU granted $3 million for Hepatitis B research

4 years 1 week 3 hours ago Friday, September 16 2016 Sep 16, 2016 Friday, September 16, 2016 7:03:00 PM CDT September 16, 2016 in News
By: Shannon Shaver, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA – The National Institutes of Health has awarded researchers at the University of Missouri $3 million to help them develop new treatments for the Hepatitis B virus.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the estimated number of chronic Hepatitis B cases ranges from 850,000 to 2.2 million.

Stefan Sarafianos, an investigator with MU’s Bond Life Sciences Center, applied for the grant in what he said is a competitive market.

“Investigators apply for NIH funding, which actually these days is quite competitive, perhaps one in ten grants is funded by NIH to do research in various disciplines and fields,” said Sarafianos.

The grant awarded to MU is for research related to the development of drugs that would hopefully completely destroy Hepatitis B.

Sarafianos said the current treatments are not enough.

“We feel that there is a great need for the development of such drugs because the current drugs, while they’re effective in suppressing the virus in the blood of patients, they’re unable to cure patients and eradicate the virus,” he said. “Therefore we think, and we believe, that we can help develop such drugs that will lead to eradication of the virus.”

The CDC also shows that more than 9,000 death certificates listed HBV as a cause of death from the years 2010-2014.

Sarafianos said his team has already begun their research, part of which they used to apply for the grant.

“We have strong preliminary data which actually helped for us to get the grant, and we’re set up with collaborators,” he said.

Both the University of Minnesota and the University of Pittsburgh are working with MU on this project.

Sarafianos’ team is comprised of about 25 people including researchers, technicians and graduate students.

He said that with the NIH grant, his team will definitely make progress in the fight against Hepatitis B.

“This kind of research, and any research is an investment in my opinion. Any money spent towards research is money that we give many returns in the long term,” Sarafianos said.

More News

Grid
List
JEFFERSON CITY - Missouri Department of Transportation has a shortage of more than 400 plow truck drivers and heavy equipment... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:49:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
(AP)- The mostly rural Bootheel region of Missouri is seeing high numbers of confirmed cases of the coronavirus, but unlike... More >>
1 hour ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 8:47:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA- The Columbia Police Department is asking for people's help in the investigation of 13 unsolved homicides. Those crimes... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:48:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
(AP)- A 33-year-old central Missouri man is accused of killing his wife by running her over with a truck during... More >>
2 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 7:43:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in America. The American... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:30:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in A Brighter Tomorrow
MISSOURI- On Wednesday, Governor Mike Parson and his wife Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19. Gov. Parson is quarantining... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:17:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
SEDALIA— The Pettis County Sheriff’s Office is reinstating a body camera system, following the deputy involved shooting of Hannah Fizer.... More >>
4 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 5:11:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Mid-Missouri's food pantry for military families and veterans relocated after serving nearly 16 years at the Missouri National... More >>
5 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 4:48:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Governor Mike Parson and his wife Teresa Parson tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday. Gov. Parson... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:57:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - As Columbia attempts to reopen businesses, movie theaters are slowly trying to make a comeback. Columbia's reopening... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:45:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY- Dr. Randall Williams, Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Director, will hold a press conference at 4... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:38:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - UPDATE: 4 p.m.: Governor Parson has also tested positive for COVID-19, according to governor's Facebook page. The... More >>
6 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 3:08:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia Public Schools parent is trying to expand the scope of the district's free meal program while... More >>
7 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 2:47:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - The latest White House Coronavirus Task Force Report shows improvement in the data for Columbia and Boone County,... More >>
8 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 1:32:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - UPDATE 4:55 p.m.: First Lady Teresa Parson tweeted a statement Wednesday afternoon. She reported cold-like symptoms Wednesday... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:44:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
KENTUCKY- One of the police officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor in her Louisville home has been... More >>
9 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 12:40:00 PM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia police officer attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle that previously was reported stolen... More >>
10 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 11:47:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
MISSOURI- As COVID-19 continues to spread, KOMU 8 will continue to update you about impacts in the community. The... More >>
13 hours ago Wednesday, September 23 2020 Sep 23, 2020 Wednesday, September 23, 2020 9:00:00 AM CDT September 23, 2020 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 63°
10pm 63°
11pm 62°
12am 60°
1am 60°