Biology

Grant cuts by March of Dimes imperil research at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere

Grant cuts by March of Dimes imperil research at Johns Hopkins and elsewhere

The March of Dimes Foundation unexpectedly cut existing grant awards, jeopardizing research into 37 medical projects across the country, including two at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

At Johns Hopkins, research into microcephaly, a birth defect that causes children to have abnormally small heads and stunts brain development, is in peril, said Andrew Holland, an associate professor of molecular biology and genetics. His research, which received about $83,000 of a $250,000 March of Dimes grant, has led him to believe that the Zika virus could cause the disease.

His work likely will not continue.

“We’ve uncovered what we believe is the molecular basis,”...

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