Wayne State University faculty have received nearly $18 million in research grants under the federal government’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program. The 32 grants include 27 totaling more than $11.2 million from the National Institutes of Health. These include: “High Throughput Identification and Quantification of Fungi Using High Resolution Melt Analysis QPCR.”
Fungal infections are often life-threatening and their early detection, identification of species and resistance to mutations is crucial to successful intervention. The absence of a commercially available diagnostic modality has been a major deficiency in diagnostic capabilities. This project aims to test and optimize the use of a new tool, high resolution melt analysis, to address these needs. By improving the speed and accuracy of diagnosis of fungi through new methods, morbidity and mortality rates will be improved.

Source: Wayne State University