MISSOULA, Mont. — Researchers at Montana State University, Rocky Mountain Laboratories in the Bitterroot Valley and a number of other institutions are getting a $10 million grant to study bat-born diseases.
The institutions will share the money.
The researchers are focusing on diseases in bats in a number of countries, including Ghana and Australia.
The diseases have recently jumped from bats to humans.
Experts warn that they pose a dangerous and global health threat.
MSU says the research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Australian Research Council and Montana INBRE, an MSU-based statewide network of Ph.D.-granting institutions, baccalaureate schools, and community and tribal colleges that invests in biomedical research capacity and workforce pipeline development within Montana.
INBRE is an IDeA Program funded by the NIGMS division of the National Institutes of Health under award number P20GM103474.