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Global health R&D delivers for Montana

US government investment in global health R&D has delivered

$1.2 million
to Montana research institutions
Global health R&D at work in Montana

Montana State University scientists are using DNA sequencing technology to analyze the bacteria inside mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks, hoping to gain a new understanding of how the bacteria living inside these insects impacts their ability to spread disease. The researchers are analyzing large amounts of bacterial DNA, looking for a correlation between a disease that is prevalent in one area and the bacteria that are present in the insects from that area. Across the globe, factors such as travel, trade, urbanization, and climate change are altering disease transmission patterns, with infectious diseases such as dengue and chikungunya emerging in countries where they were previously unknown. The scientists’ research could lead to new insights to combat these and other insect-borne diseases.

  • Methodology
  • USG global health R&D investment to state research institutions/Top USG-funded global health R&D institutions: Authors' analysis of USG investment data from the G-FINDER survey, including funding for R&D for neglected diseases from 2007–2015 and for Ebola and select viral hemorrhagic fevers from 2014–2015. Reflects USG funding received by entities in state including academic and research institutions, product development partnerships, other nonprofits, select corporations, and government research institutions, as well as self-funding or other federal agency transfers received by federal agencies located in state; but excludes pharmaceutical industry data which is aggregated and anonymized in the survey for confidentiality purposes. See methodology for additional details.
  • Case study photo: Flickr/Leszek Leszczynsk