UB Receives $100,000 Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Grant for Ground-Breaking Research in Global Health and Development

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BUFFALO, N.Y. The University at Buffalo announced today that it is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Glenna Bett, PhD, assistant professor and vice chair for research in the UB Department of Gynecology-Obstetrics in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project to develop a device to treat postpartum hemorrhage.

Bett’s co-principal investigator on the grant is Randall Rasmusson, PhD, associate professor in the UB School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences Department of Physiology and Biophysics.

The UB researchers will use the Grand Challenges Explorations grant to develop a postpartum hemorrhage treatment device suitable for use even when medical facilities are absent or minimal, and in non-sterile environments. If successful, such a device has the potential to reduce perinatal deaths worldwide.

Grand Challenges Explorations (GCE) funds scientists and researchers worldwide to explore ideas that can break the mold in how we solve persistent global health and development challenges. Bett’s project is one of over 85 Grand Challenges Explorations Round 6 grants announced by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“GCE winners are expanding the pipeline of ideas for serious global health and development challenges where creative thinking is most urgently needed. These grants are meant to spur on new discoveries that could ultimately save millions of lives,” said Chris Wilson, director of Global Health Discovery at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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