Through the 2012 “second generation” CEIRS solicitation, NIAID identified five Centers to continue important research activities, which include:
- Determining the prevalence of avian influenza viruses in birds and mammals in close contact with humans;
- Understanding how influenza viruses evolve, transmit, and adapt to new hosts; and,
- Identifying immunological factors that determine disease outcome.
In addition to Center-specific research activities, the CEIRS network as a whole seeks to build the knowledge and infrastructure required for influenza pandemic preparedness, including:
- Pandemic Public Health Research Response Plan
- Virus Risk Assessment
- Influenza Reagent Development
- Training and Research Capacity Building Programs
- Cross-collaborative Research Projects
CEIRS Network Principal Investigators
From left to right: Dr. John Treanor, NYICE; Dr. David Topham, NYICE; Dr. Richard Webby, SJCEIRS; Dr. Richard Rothman, JHCEIRS; Dr. Diane Post, CEIRS Project Officer; Dr. Aldofo García-Sastre, CRIP; Dr. Andy Pekosz, JHCEIRS; Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, SJCEIRS; Dr. Richard Compans, Emory-UGA CEIRS. Not Pictured, Dr. Walter Orenstein, Emory-UGA CEIRS.