Shirit Einav and Purvesh Khatri awarded Falk Translational Award
Posted on February 25th, 2021
Shirit Einav, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases) and of microbiology and immunology, and Purvesh Khatri, PhD, associate professor of medicine (biomedical informatics) and of biomedical data science, were recently awarded the Falk Medical Research Trust Transformational Award for her SPARK research. The award is a $1 million grant over two years to support development of Einav and Khatri’s project, titled “Towards predicting and preventing the development of severe dengue.” The project is focused on validation of biomarkers predictive of severe dengue and the development of a molecular diagnostic/prognostic assay to predict progression to severe dengue prior to its onset.
The Dr. Ralph and Marian Falk Medical Research Trust, founded in 1979, aims to support and fund “medical research to improve treatments of the past and eventually find cures for diseases for which no definite cure is known.” The Transformational Award is meant to provide a bridge to the technology transfer process for moving an exciting health care innovation to the next step in commercial development.