NIAID Video Features CEIRS Surveillance on Shorebirds in New Jersey

The beaches of Delaware Bay, New Jersey serve up a veritable feast of horseshoe crab eggs for flocks of migratory shorebirds every May. A new video from NIAID features CEIRS researchers who travel to the bay each year to test these shorebirds for avian influenza. The video highlights the Network’s ongoing efforts to track influenza… Read more »

CEIRS Investigators Leading as 2017-18 President and President-Elect of the American Society for Virology

Two CEIRS investigators are now at the helm of the American Society for Virology (ASV). After serving as President-Elect, Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry (SJCEIRS) is stepping up as President of ASV, and Dr. Andrew Pekosz (JHCEIRS) was just recently announced as the 2017-2018 President-Elect. These appointments emphasize their notable contributions and accomplishments to the field of… Read more »

Center Highlight: B Cells, Boosters, and Precision Vaccines with Dr. Topham

The DPCC Communications team interviewed David Topham, PhD, co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence (NYICE) and Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester. As co-PI of NYICE, Dr. Topham collaborates extensively across NYICE and the CEIRS Network at large.  Dr. Topham’s research program includes… Read more »

Next-gen Approaches to the CEIRS Training Program with Dr. Justin Bahl

Dr. Justin Bahl is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and part of the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS). He brings expertise in evolutionary biology to understand how influenza viruses emerge and evolve at the population level. Armed with a suite of… Read more »

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 »