PARA's efforts benefit Crohn's sufferers - NIH allocates $1.8 million to study infectious cause of Crohn's
Bethesda, MD - At a meeting on June 17, 2002, Dr. Dennis Lang and Dr. Clare Schmitt of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), National Institutes of Health (NIH) informed Cheryl Miller, Co-Executive Director of PARA, that NIH was funding studies researching an infectious cause of Crohn's disease.
A December 1998 NIAID workshop, in which PARA played a significant role, resulted in research proposals being submitted to NIH, and subsequently to the funding of six of those proposals in the amount of $1,874,393 for the first year of work. The research is largely directed toward aspects of the relationship between Crohn's disease and the organism Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP). In addition, two of the awards will apply molecular techniques to the identification of the types of organisms associated with diseased tissue and comparable tissue from controls. The intention of this research is to look broadly at the possible microbial species that may be associated with Crohn's and ulcerative colitis.
Dr. Lang stated that Dr. Clare Schmitt had been added to the staff to assist in overseeing the grant research.
Cheryl Miller commented, "NIH has moved to provide significant funding to research an infectious cause of Crohn's disease. We are very optimistic that this research will be of great benefit to Crohn's sufferers, and we look forward to breakthroughs that will ultimately lead to a cure."
Dr. Lang offered strong encouragement for researchers wishing to study an infectious cause of Crohn's disease. "Those scientists not funded this time around should revise and resubmit," Dr. Lang said. He indicated that Crohn's disease research remains high priority and that new applications would be welcome.
These are the studies recently funded based upon the RFA resulting from NIAID's December 1998 Workshop on an infectious cause of Crohn's disease:
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
National Institute of Diabetes Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)
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