Kawaoka wins Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award

Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD, was awarded a 2014 Popular Mechanics Breakthrough Award for his research on pandemic influenza. Popular Mechanics editor-in-chief said Kawaoka was selected because his work could “help protect humanity” from potential influenza pandemics. Kawaoka, along with the other award recipients, was recognized at a reception in New York City on October 7,… Read more »

Osterholm awarded McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health

CIDRAP Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH, was awarded one of the University of Minnesota’s highest faculty honors, a McKnight Presidential Endowed Chair in Public Health. This award honors faculty for their research accomplishments and contributions for advancing the University’s missions of research, education, and public engagement. Dr. Osterholm founded CIDRAP in 2001 and is currently… Read more »

Research Publication Commentary

Influenza virus neuraminidase (NA) protein plays an essential role in facilitating viral release from infected cells. NA inhibitors have been the only therapeutic option for patients infected with H7N9 avian influenza virus – to date, there have been 450 laboratory-confirmed cases of H7N9 infections in humans. Although most infected patients become severely ill, sustained transmission… Read more »

Press Release: NIH Funds Influenza Research and Surveillance Network

Source: NIH Press Release, April 10, 2014. Influenza scientists at five sites in the United States are to receive funding from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to collaborate with investigators around the globe in a network designed to advance understanding of influenza viruses and how they cause disease. In addition to… Read more »