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Valley fever research moves forward at UC Merced
Sacramento Bee

Researchers at UC Merced are moving forward with two research projects that aim to better understand Valley fever in the San Joaquin Valley. The university’s Health Sciences Research Institute recently received approval and funding to conduct patient studies at Children’s Hospital Central California in Madera. Researchers will study the blood of 30 pediatric patients with Valley fever to understand the immune system’s response to the disease. David Ojcius, a professor of molecular biology at UC Merced, said the long-term goal is to develop a vaccine. Ojcius expects to have samples from the first round of patients sometime this month.