The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, a division of the National Institutes of Health, has granted the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute at Virginia Tech a five-year contract worth more than $27 million to assist with the group's work on infectious diseases.
VBI's CyberInfrastructure Group hopes to use the money to merge essential information on pathogens, offer prime resources and tools for scientists, and help researchers explore genomic, proteomic and other data emerging from research on infectious diseases.
The overall NIAID program will be composed of four new Bioinformatics Resource Centers, as well as a new gateway portal for the entire project. This portal will be called the Pathogen Portal.
Each BRC will concentrate on one of the following pathogen types: bacterial species, viral families, protozoan species and invertebrate vectors of human pathogens.
The new contract involves the establishment of two Web-based resources for biomedical research.
One part supports the Pathogen Portal, and the other supports the creation of the PathoSystems Resource Interation Center, which serves as a Web-based resource for a crucial branch of pathogens.