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

Group photo of the nine CEIRS 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.

CEIRS Network Center Coordinators

Group photo of the six CEIRS center coordinators.
From left to right: Melissa Uccellini, PhD, CRIP; Pam McKenzie, PhD, SJCEIRS; Ryan Camping, CRIP; Donna Neu, PMP, NYICE; Tanya Cassingham, Emory-UGA CEIRS; Lauren Sauer, MSc, JHCEIRS.