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Financial Network Disruptions in Illicit and Counterfeit Medicines Trade

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Criminology and Criminal Justice Professor Nikos Passas, along with a team of colleagues from the College of Engineering and the College of Computer Sciences, has been awarded a $169,999 planning grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Counterfeit and illegal drugs cause mortality and morbidity for millions of people around the world, damage brands, undermine competition and the rule of law, cause economic losses and security threats, and corrupt financial systems. This planning grant — titled Collaborative Research: Financial Network Disruptions in Illicit and Counterfeit Medicines (FIND-M) — will bring together stakeholders from academic, law-enforcement, public and private sectors to develop a distributed data infrastructure, populate this infrastructure, and conduct exploratory research in order to leverage financial, commercial and business data, along with previous best practices (from human trafficking and trade-based money laundering controls) for effective disruption of illegal medical and pharmaceutical supply chain.

Congratulations to Professor Nikos Passas!

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