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The lab of Rahima Benhabbour, PhD, has received a $3.74 million grant over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The grant will fund the creation of an injectable that will provide long-acting protection for women against sexually transmitted pathogens and prevent pregnancy, but is also removable.

The work will be a collaboration amongst Benhabbour’s lab and three researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Gerardo Garcia-Lerma, PhD, Ivana Massud, PhD, and Charles Dobard, PhD. They will develop a new, ultra-long-acting In-Situ Forming Implant (ISFI) drug delivery system as a multi-purpose prevention technology (MPT) for the prevention of HIV and unplanned pregnancy.

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