BUFFALO, N.Y. The University at Buffalo announced today that it
is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by
the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Glenna Bett, PhD, assistant professor and vice chair for
research in the UB Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics in the
School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will pursue an
innovative global health and development research project to
develop a device to treat postpartum hemorrhage.
Bett's co-principal investigator on the grant is Randall
Rasmusson, PhD, associate professor in the UB School of Medicine
and Biomedical Sciences Department of Physiology and
The UB researchers will use the Grand Challenges Explorations
grant to develop a postpartum hemorrhage treatment device suitable
for use even when medical facilities are absent or minimal, and in
non-sterile environments. If successful, such a device has the
potential to reduce perinatal deaths worldwide.
Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds scientists and
researchers worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in
how we solve persistent global health and development challenges.
Bett's project is one of over 85 Grand Challenges Explorations
Round 6 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates
"GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious
global health and development challenges where creative thinking is
most urgently needed. These grants are meant to spur on new
discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives," said
Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill &
Melinda Gates Foundation.
To receive funding, Bett and other Grand Challenges Explorations
Round 6 winners demonstrated in a two-page online application, a
bold idea in one of five critical global heath and development
topic areas: polio eradication, HIV, sanitation and family health
technologies, and mobile health. Applications for the current open
round, Grand Challenges Explorations Round 7, will be accepted
through May 19, 2011.
Grand Challenges Explorations is a $100 million initiative
funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Launched in
2008, Grand Challenge Explorations grants have already been awarded
to nearly 500 researchers from more than 40 countries. The grant
program is open to anyone from any discipline and from any
organization. The initiative uses an agile, accelerated
grant-making process with short two-page online applications and no
preliminary data required. Initial grants of $100,000 are awarded
two times a year. Successful projects have the opportunity to
receive a follow-on grant of up to $1 million.
The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive
public university, a flagship institution in the State University
of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus.
UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests
through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional
degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a
member of the Association of American Universities.