Touro University assistant professor gets grant

Times-Herald staff report/

A new method which could improve vaccinations at a low cost is underway at Touro University California thanks to a $144,770 grant from the National Institutes of Health. 

Touro's College of Pharmacy associate professor Alison McCormick recently received a grant for her project to improve vaccination characteristics which could lead to new vaccines, if adopted. 

The funding will pay for her project called "Adaptation of a Novel RNA Virus for Vaccine Use," designed to improve the make-up of vaccines which could ultimately result in widespread adoption of new vaccines.

"NIH funding provides me with an opportunity to develop a new type of vaccine," McCormick said. 

Improving vaccines is a high priority among scientists and public health specialists, and is aimed at reducing health threats and cancer, she said.

Work is being done on the Mare Island campus, and funding comes from the NIH's National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.