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Figured out amount of NIH funding for FHC HSV cure research


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It was a mystery, because the Grantome.com info doesn't state the funding amount.  It only states that in 2016, the grant was $264,000, which was when Dr. Jerome's team was still experimenting with it.  But after that year, when that research spawned a nice 5 year NIH grant, the amount of further funding wasn't stated in the Grantome.com website. 

You can see here, that the FHC team is in year 2 of the grant.  But again, amount not stated.  

I did some checking on the NIH website and I found that, the amount of the grant in 2018, was $450,090.  (You can find it on the linked page by searching for "Jerome").

That's pretty good.  It's a 70% increase from the 2016 funding amount (and the 2016 was for just 1 year).  The $450,090 was just for 2018, which was year 1 of the grant.

I'm being Master of the Obvious here, but again, this highlights that the initial research was intriguing enough to obtain funding over 5 years in a significantly increased amount.

Our members and other HSV positives and stake holders, are also providing supplemental funding to help this cure stay on track towards clinical trials, which has been a great effort that has brought the community together.


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51 minutes ago, MikeHerp said:

Some other interesting infos from the NIH website.

The biggest grant in 2018 related to HSV/Herpes, was for the Einstein College (Dr. Jacobs) HSV vaccine, in the amount of $1.179 million.

A pleasant surprise was that, Jeffrey Cohen also got over $1 million of NIH funding for his replication defective attenuated HSV virus vaccine.  I understand this is the Sanofi vaccine that's already had some phase 1 testing.  I had sort of given up on that, but it seems this might still be alive if it got that much money last year.  

There was actually quite a lot of HSV research funded by the NIH last year.  I counted 31 projects related to HSV/Herpes on just the first page of the Sexually Transmitted Diseases projects, and there are four pages.  Of course, the overall STD funding amount ($375 million last year) is not that huge compared to some of the major diseases and HSV is just a part of that--by comparison, for example, Alzheimers' got $1.7 billion. 

But it seems that HSV related research is alive and well, and there's significant funding across very many projects.  I just counted them by doing a search for HSV/herpes, and found 78 NIH funded projects relating to HSV in 2018 (I checked and didn't find overlaps).

Great information, thank you for the research and sharing.   Henry

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I see I got you thinking about the level of success compared to the level of funding, haha. 

Good figures you have come up with. It really does prove that Dr Jerome is making comparative strides with only a potential of a couple million in grants. 

Whereas other companies have flopped while in phase 2 after multi millions. 

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