Feds renew U. Iowa contract for vaccine research

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The federal government has opted to renew a multimillion-dollar contract with the University of Iowa to conduct clinical trials of potential vaccines and therapies for infectious diseases.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases said Thursday that Iowa was one of nine institutions nationwide to win contracts to operate Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Units.

Iowa was first awarded a contract in 2007. Its principal investigator is Patricia Winokur, a professor of internal medicine and the director of the UI Vaccine Research and Education Project.

Winokur says the nationwide network of research centers allows scientists to rapidly test vaccines in response to potential pandemic threats. She says the Iowa site has benefited from a strong track record of people willing to participate in its vaccine studies.

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