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Centre set for third major grant
Professor Steve Ward
Professor Steve Ward said the school would be the lead partner
A leading research institution for tropical diseases is about to clinch its third major grant within weeks.

The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine hopes to secure 11m from the EU Commission to support research to generate new anti-malarial drugs.

Ten days ago, Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates donated 28m to the school as part of a 145m gift to malaria research worldwide.

That announcement came just days after the centre was awarded 18m.

It was to help build a new unit for research leading to the development of insecticides, vaccines and drugs to fight malaria and other life-threatening tropical diseases.

Professor Steve Ward, deputy director at the school, said the latest grant would mean Liverpool would be the lead partner in a European consortium working on the EU-funded project.

He added: "Liverpool is probably the foremost centre in Europe for developing drugs to fight diseases of neglect like TB and Malaria."

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