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University of Victoria — Syphilis Diagnostic (Caroline Cameron)

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Organization Name 
Award Date 
2/2022
Grant Amount 
$2,000,000
Purpose 
To develop an improved diagnostic for syphilis.
Topic (focus area) 

Grant Investigators: Heather Youngs and Chris Somerville

This page was reviewed but not written by the grant investigators. University of Victoria staff also reviewed this page prior to publication.

Open Philanthropy recommended a grant of $2,000,000 over three years to the University of Victoria to support work led by Caroline Cameron to develop an improved diagnostic for syphilis. Dr. Cameron intends to use this funding to develop several monoclonal antibodies for use against proteins associated with the disease.

A leading cause of stillbirth, syphilis is carried by an estimated 36 million people worldwide and infects approximately 11 million people annually.1 Our scientific research team believes that a more effective syphilis diagnostic could improve disease mitigation measures and support the development of an effective syphilis vaccine.

This falls within our work on scientific research, specifically within our interest in advancing human health and wellbeing.