Dr. Ana Fernandez-Sesma Chosen for 2021 Jacobi Medallion

Dr. Ana Fernandez-Sesma, of the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP), was recently awarded the 2021 Jacobi Medallion. A professor of microbiology at the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, her research focuses on the human immune response to several important infectious diseases, including dengue virus, HIV, and influenza. In addition, she studies immune… Read more »

Drs. Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris and Guan Yi receive the 2021 John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award

Professors Guan Yi and Joseph Sriyal Malik Peiris, both distinguished scholars of the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine, The University of Hong Kong, and members of SJCEIRS, have been awarded the prestigious John Dirks Canada Gairdner Global Health Award. They were awarded for “significantly contributing to understanding the origins and options for control of… Read more »

Introducing CEIRR – A New Influenza Research Network funded by NIAID

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID) have announced a new Influenza Research Network, called the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Response (CEIRR). Funding for the first year of contracts totaled approximately $24 million and NIAID expects to support the contract for 7 years. CEIRR will replace the Centers of Excellence… Read more »

Dr. Benjamin Miller’s Research Chosen as Editors’ Choice by ACS Publications

Last month, CEIRS member Dr. Benjamin Miller’s article was chosen as Editors’ Choice by ACS Publications. Dr. Miller is a Professor in both the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Rochester Medical Center School of Medicine and Dentistry, a member of the New York Influenza Center of… Read more »

CRIP Researcher Publishes Collaborative Study on SARS-CoV-2 Variant

For the last several weeks, the news has been dominated not only by updates on the COVID-19 vaccine but also by a potential mutation in the SARS-CoV-2 virus. There is significant public concern about this variant, which emerged in Europe several months ago and was named D614G, but little research has been published thus far. A recent article in Science Magazine features a collaborative project between University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and University of Wisconsin-Madison analyzing the effects of the mutation.

SJCEIRS Researcher Featured on NPR

Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, a leading researcher at St. Jude CEIRS, was included in an interview with NPR science correspondent Joe Palca about approval for the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine. The interview focused on the science behind vaccine development and the approval requirements. New COVID-19 vaccines are being approved by the FDA through a process called an “emergency use authorization” in order to get them to vulnerable populations more quickly, so… Read more »

CRIP Investigators Publish Key SARS-CoV-2 Seroprevalence Findings

Several investigators from the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP), including Drs. Daniel Stadlbauer, Harm van Bakel, and Florian Krammer, completed a retrospective analysis of SARS-CoV-2 seroprevalence in New York City that has been accepted for publication by Nature. The study is based on a large and demographically diverse dataset that was assessed over several months during the first wave of… Read more »

Dr. Gavin Smith’s Research Featured in Reuters

Dr. Gavin Smith, of St. Jude CEIRS, discussed his recent COVID-19 research at Duke-NUS in Singapore. His group identified a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes milder infections compared to the original virus. They found that patients infected with this variant had lower frequency of ICU admittance. Dr. Smith’s group also found that immune… Read more »