CEIRS Investigator Dr. Walter Orenstein Elected as AAAS Fellow

Dr. Walter Orenstein, Principal Investigator of Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (Emory-UGA CEIRS), was recently elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Elected by their peers, AAAS Fellows are recognized for their leadership, continued contributions, and dedication to the advancement of science. The CEIRS… Read more »

Meet the Microbiologist Podcast with Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry of SJCEIRS

Meet the Microbiologist (MtM) is one of several science-related podcasts from the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) and features in-depth discussions with investigators about ongoing research. A recent episode featured Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, co-Principal Investigator of St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS). With host Dr. Julie Wolf, Dr. Schultz-Cherry discusses how… Read more »

Retirement of St. Jude CEIRS Data Manager Mr. Jerry Parker

Jerry Parker, the Data Manager for the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), retired in February 2017. The DPCC Communications team interviewed Jerry about his time with SJCEIRS. Since the start of the CEIRS program in 2008, Mr. Parker has been the principal architect that developed and maintained the SJCEIRS… Read more »

NIAID Video Features CEIRS Surveillance on Shorebirds in New Jersey

The beaches of Delaware Bay, New Jersey serve up a veritable feast of horseshoe crab eggs for flocks of migratory shorebirds every May. A new video from NIAID features CEIRS researchers who travel to the bay each year to test these shorebirds for avian influenza. The video highlights the Network’s ongoing efforts to track influenza… Read more »

CEIRS Investigators Leading as 2017-18 President and President-Elect of the American Society for Virology

Two CEIRS investigators are now at the helm of the American Society for Virology (ASV). After serving as President-Elect, Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry (SJCEIRS) is stepping up as President of ASV, and Dr. Andrew Pekosz (JHCEIRS) was just recently announced as the 2017-2018 President-Elect. These appointments emphasize their notable contributions and accomplishments to the field of… Read more »

Center Highlight: B Cells, Boosters, and Precision Vaccines with Dr. Topham

The DPCC Communications team interviewed David Topham, PhD, co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) of the New York Influenza Center of Excellence (NYICE) and Professor in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Rochester. As co-PI of NYICE, Dr. Topham collaborates extensively across NYICE and the CEIRS Network at large.  Dr. Topham’s research program includes… Read more »

Next-gen Approaches to the CEIRS Training Program with Dr. Justin Bahl

Dr. Justin Bahl is an Associate Professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, and part of the St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS). He brings expertise in evolutionary biology to understand how influenza viruses emerge and evolve at the population level. Armed with a suite of… Read more »

Behind the Bench: Highlights from the 2016 Annual CEIRS Surveillance Meeting

This edition of the Behind the Bench (BTB) column is written by Joshua Lorbach, a graduate student at The Ohio State University, who studies the ecology and epidemiology of influenza and other viruses in birds and swine. The BTB series publishes articles written by CEIRS Network graduate students and postdoctoral fellows sharing their perspective on… Read more »

Interagency Collaboration Implicates Diving Ducks as Drivers of HPAI

The United States commercial poultry market has been hit with outbreaks of H5 and H7 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) during the past three years. Collaborators from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) Wild Bird Surveillance, St. Jude Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (SJCEIRS), Mississippi State University, and US Department of Agriculture… Read more »

sTOPping Inflammation in its Tracks – Inhibition of Topoisomerase 1 Puts a Halt to Damaging Immune Responses to Infection

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Rialdi, A, Campisi, L et al. Topoisomerase 1 inhibition suppresses inflammatory genes and protects from death by inflammation. Science. (2016). The immune system is essential for defending our bodies against invading microbes. However, the magnitude of its response to infection must be tightly controlled. An overactive response can cause… Read more »