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Global health R&D delivers for Iowa

US government investment in global health R&D has delivered

$38.3 million
to Iowa research institutions
450+ new jobs
for Iowa

Neglected diseases in Iowa

Chikungunya cases
11
Dengue cases
30
HIV diagnoses
1,032
Malaria cases
88
Tuberculosis cases
412
West Nile cases
170
Zika cases
27

Iowa's top USG-funded global health R&D institutions

University of Iowa
$20.8 million
Iowa State University
$17.5 million

Iowa industry in global health R&D

Integrated DNA Technologies
Location(s):
Coralville
Newlink Genetics
Location(s):
Ames

Iowa's top areas of global health R&D by USG funding

16.9%
HIV/AIDS
14.9%
Malaria
13.8%
Tuberculosis
10.5%
Salmonella infections
34.2%
Neglected tropical diseases
Dengue
Helminths
Kinetoplastids
9.8%
Other
Bacteria pneumonia & meningitis
Ebola/viral hemorrhagic fevers
Non-allocable

Global health R&D at work in Iowa

Iowa State University researchers are looking for solutions to schistosomiasis, a devastating disease caused by parasitic worms. The worms can live for years in the human bloodstream, laying eggs that cause organ damage and impaired development in children. The disease is found in tropical areas, especially in poor communities without safe drinking water and adequate sanitation. More than 200 million people per year require treatment for schistosomiasis. Only one drug is currently available to fight the disease, but the parasites show signs of resistance. The Iowa team is examining the worm’s genome for vulnerability that could be targeted with new drug treatments. They’re also focusing on gene editing to make the worms sterile, thereby eliminating their ability to inflict damage.

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