A global team of researchers, including investigators part of the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), show in a new study that ferrets are susceptible to the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and that infected ferrets are able to transmit the virus to other ferrets through both direct and indirect contact (Kim 2020). The study, published in Cell Host & Microbe by Young-Il Kim, et al., describes an important new tool in the fight against the global COVID-19 pandemic.
Researchers around the world, including several CEIRS investigators, are urgently experimenting with various therapeutic approaches. Whether it is by repurposing existing antivirals, designing novel small molecule inhibitors, or exploiting the adaptive immune response, the common goal is clear: stop SARS-CoV-2 and its 29 proteins from overcoming humans’ cellular machinery.
The 12th Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Annual Network Meeting was hosted by Johns Hopkins CEIRS from June 23-26, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. Over the course of the meeting, researchers presented new and ongoing influenza research and surveillance efforts, and Center Principal Investigators shared updates on ongoing projects, highlighting key accomplishments… Read more »
The Arthur S. Flemming Award which recognizes exceptional scientific achievements of federal employees was awarded to CEIRS investigator, Dr. Amy Vincent in June 2019 for her work in animal health. Dr. Vincent is a Research Veterinary Medical Officer with the United States Department of Agriculture and affiliated with the CEIRS Center for Research Pathogenesis (CRIP)…. Read more »
Dr. Adolfo García-Sastre, from the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP), was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in April 2019. This prestigious appointment recognizes a career of original work and notable research accomplishments. Just a couple of Dr. García-Sastre’s outstanding contributions to the state of the science include developing a rapid system… Read more »
NIAID Now, a blog on news and events from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), highlighted the CEIRS Network in a recent post entitled, “Visualizing an NIAID Network: CEIRS.” The article shares the CEIRS mission and promotes the program’s accomplishments through recently developed thematic infographics. Additional infographics for notable aspects of the… Read more »
This Week in Microbiology (TWiV), a podcast highlighting developments in the field of virology, recently featured the Runstadler Lab from the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP). Led by Dr. Jonathan Runstadler, members of the team—Dr. Nichola Hill, Dr. Wendy Puryear, and Dr. Kate Sawatzki— study influenza virus circulation at Tufts Cummings School of… Read more »
As part of their “Today Fights the Flu” segment, the Today Show recently aired an interview with Dr. Andrew Bowman of The Ohio State University and the St. Jude CEIRS Center (SJCEIRS). Dr. Bowman and his team from the Animal Influenza Ecology and Epidemiology Research Program (AIEERP) have collected samples from nearly 3,000 swine across… Read more »
The 2018 Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Annual Network Meeting was hosted by Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP) in New York City. The purpose of the meeting was to share updates on CEIRS efforts, enhance alignment throughout the Network, and foster collaboration. Center Principal Investigators provided updates on their Center’s activities and… Read more »
Rabeh Elshesheny, a Postdoctoral Fellow with the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), received the Egypt State Encouragement Award 2017 in the field of advanced technological sciences on June 12, 2018. This honor was awarded by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT), Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Egypt. This award is to encourage and recognize the scientist’s efforts for… Read more »