Dutch H5N8 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus does not cause severe disease in ferrets, nor is it easily transmissible between ferrets

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Richard, M et al. Low Virulence and Lack of Airborne Transmission of the Dutch Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus H5N8 in Ferrets. PLoS One. 2015 June 19. Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) viruses are lethal to wild birds and poultry, causing large-scale outbreaks among poultry flocks in Europe, Asia,… Read more »

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 »


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 »