Washington State University has received a $25 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The donation will help finance a building that will be the centerpiece of the university's new School for Global Animal Health. The school is researching vaccines for livestock in less-developed countries. In addition, the school focuses on relationships between global animal health and public health.
Researchers also are exploring emerging pathogen and disease detection and control of disease transmission from animals to humans.
The Gates grant is the largest single private financial commitment in the school's history. The grant will help pay for the 20,000-square-foot building on Washington State's Pullman campus that will provide office, meeting and research space.