Center Highlight: Introducing the Johns Hopkins CEIRS Center

Johns Hopkins CEIRS has just passed its one-year anniversary this April. The CEIRS website staff interviewed the Center Principal Investigators to report on the unique strengths of this Center within the CEIRS network as part of a new article series highlighting each Center. Johns Hopkins CEIRS (JH-CEIRS), the newest CEIRS Center, exhibits a convergence of… Read more »

DMID-CROMS CEIRS Announcement

The NIAID Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) is an integrated network of centers designed to conduct prospective animal and/or human surveillance related research internationally and domestically, and to conduct research on host immune response, viral pathogenesis, and the factors that control the emergence and transmission of influenza viruses. The DMID-CROMS CEIRS Website… Read more »

Enhanced immune responses by skin vaccination in young hosts

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Koutsonanos, D. G., et al. Enhanced immune responses by skin vaccination with influenza subunit vaccine in young hosts. Vaccine. 2015 Mar 03 Young children are one of the most susceptible populations to influenza and on average represent approximately 20,000 hospitalizations and over 100 deaths due to influenza in the… Read more »

Behind the Bench: Robert Webster, A Remarkably InFLUential Career

The CEIRS Website is excited to announce a new column, Behind the Bench (BTB). BTB publishes articles written by CEIRS network graduate students and postdoctoral fellows sharing their perspective on influenza-related news, scientific accomplishments, and other issues of interest to the influenza community. Our inaugural column is written by Dr. Jeremy Jones, a postdoctoral fellow in… Read more »

Retirement celebration for Robert G. Webster, PhD

The retirement of influential influenza researcher Dr. Robert Webster was marked by several celebrations held January 25-26, 2015 in Memphis at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Dr. Gillian Air, a longtime collaborator of Dr. Webster, wrote a recap of the celebration. I was honored to attend the retirement celebrations for the renowned influenza virologist Dr…. Read more »

Preexisting human antibodies neutralize recently emerged H7N9 influenza strains

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Dunand, CJ et al. Preexisting human antibodies neutralize recently emerged H7N9 influenza strains. J Clin Invest. 2015 Feb 17. Novel influenza strains emerge naturally from selective pressure and genetic reassortment, a process in which different virus strains will infect the same animal and exchange genetic material (RNA segments). Genetic… Read more »

Potential antigenic explanation for atypical H1N1 infections among middle-aged adults during the 2013-2014 influenza season

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Linderman SL et al. Potential antigenic explanation for atypical H1N1 infections among middle-aged adults during the 2013-2014 influenza season. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2014 Nov 4. Influenza viruses have been known to most seriously affect children and the elderly due to their weaker immune systems. During the 2013-2014… Read more »