Infectious Diseases

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund has supported research in infectious disease since 1981, when it began funding modern molecular approaches to understanding what have been called the great neglected diseases – malaria, the pathogenic fungi, and human parasites – that primarily affect people in underdeveloped countries.  Since that time, much more attention has been paid to the urgent needs of these fields. In 2000, the Fund decided to turn its attention to the larger issues of human-pathogen interactions in these infectious diseases and others, opening the door for funding work in bacterial and viral diseases. BWF’s Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease program is designed to incorporate elements of previously funded areas of research, and to focus primarily on the interaction of pathogens with their human hosts.

Current Program:
Investigators in the Pathogenesis of Infectious Disease