Behind the Bench: Highlights from the 2016 Annual CEIRS Surveillance Meeting

This edition of the Behind the Bench (BTB) column is written by Joshua Lorbach, a graduate student at The Ohio State University, who studies the ecology and epidemiology of influenza and other viruses in birds and swine. The BTB series publishes articles written by CEIRS Network graduate students and postdoctoral fellows sharing their perspective on… Read more »

Interagency Collaboration Implicates Diving Ducks as Drivers of HPAI

The United States commercial poultry market has been hit with outbreaks of H5 and H7 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) during the past three years. Collaborators from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Wild Bird Surveillance, St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), Mississippi State University, and US Department of Agriculture… Read more »

sTOPping Inflammation in its Tracks – Inhibition of Topoisomerase 1 Puts a Halt to Damaging Immune Responses to Infection

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Rialdi, A, Campisi, L et al. Topoisomerase 1 inhibition suppresses inflammatory genes and protects from death by inflammation. Science. (2016). The immune system is essential for defending our bodies against invading microbes. However, the magnitude of its response to infection must be tightly controlled. An overactive response can cause… Read more »

TakePart Digital Magazine Features Dr. Andrew Bowman from SJCEIRS

An article published recently in TakePart digital magazine features Dr. Andrew Bowman and his research at the Ohio State University, part of the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS). The article follows Dr. Bowman and PhD student Jacqueline Nolting as they hunt for influenza viruses and vividly illustrates their work… Read more »

CEIRS Trainee Spotlight: Improving Vaccines against Influenza by Targeting Neuraminidase with Mr. Teddy John Wohlbold

The Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Training Program is an ongoing CEIRS-funded training initiative. Graduate and postdoctoral students within and outside of CEIRS can gain experience in CEIRS laboratories, expanding their skillset and network and developing interdisciplinary research experience. This program provides access to valuable expertise and technology, career development, collaborative… Read more »

Center Highlight: Integrating Science, Data, and Technology with Dr. Bour

The DPCC Communications team interviewed Stephan Bour, PhD, Project Director of the Data Processing and Coordinating Center (DPCC) for the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) and Executive Director of Clinical Informatics at Digital Infuzion. Communication in code and insights in information The emergence of the bioinformatics field and its progress since… Read more »

This Week in Virology Featuring Dr. Peter Palese of CRIP

This Week in Virology (TWiV), a popular podcast highlighting issues and developments in virology, featured a conversation with Dr. Peter Palese, Chair of the Department of Microbiology of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (CRIP). TWiV is hosted by Dr. Vincent Racaniello, a science professor at Columbia University Medical Center. The two share… Read more »

A Tale of Two Species—Influenza Virus Diversity in Swine and People

Lewis, NS, et al. The global antigenic diversity of swine influenza A viruses. Elife. (2016). A collaborative project from several Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) highlights the complex and ever-evolving relationship between influenza and its many hosts. In their recent publication, Dr. Nicola S. Lewis, from the Center for Research on Influenza… Read more »

CEIRS Investigators Acknowledged for their Scientific Contributions

Several Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) researchers have been recognized for outstanding contributions to the fields of influenza research and virology, demonstrating continued excellence and engagement within the scientific community at large. The CEIRS Network congratulates all researchers for their recent achievements. Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, of St. Jude CEIRS (SJCEIRS), was… Read more »