A Tale of Two Species—Influenza Virus Diversity in Swine and People

Lewis, NS, et al. The global antigenic diversity of swine influenza A viruses. Elife. (2016). A collaborative project from several Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) highlights the complex and ever-evolving relationship between influenza and its many hosts. In their recent publication, Dr. Nicola S. Lewis, from the Center for Research on Influenza… Read more »

CEIRS 9th Annual Network Meeting Summary

The 9th Annual Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Network Meeting was hosted by St. Jude CEIRS in Memphis, Tennessee. Each year, the CEIRS Network gathers to share the accomplishments and efforts from the last year and to foster future collaborations between the Centers. This year’s meeting kicked off with a welcome… Read more »

CEIRS Investigators Acknowledged for their Scientific Contributions

Several Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) researchers have been recognized for outstanding contributions to the fields of influenza research and virology, demonstrating continued excellence and engagement within the scientific community at large. The CEIRS Network congratulates all researchers for their recent achievements. Dr. Stacey Schultz-Cherry, of St. Jude CEIRS (SJCEIRS), was… Read more »

Center Highlight: Capturing the flu in Colombia with Dr. Dib

The DPCC Communications team interviewed Juan C. Dib, MD, MPH/TM, PhD, Professor and Coordinator of the graduate program in Tropical Medicine at Magdalena University in Colombia, President of the Colombian Association of Parasitology and Tropical Medicine, former director of Research in Public Health at the Colombian National Institute of Health, and current Director of the… Read more »

CEIRS Investigator Dr. Yoshi Kawaoka receives prestigious Japan Academy Award

The CEIRS Network congratulates Dr. Yoshihiro Kawaoka, DVM, PhD, who was selected for a Japan Academy Award. Dr. Kawaoka holds professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Tokyo and is part of the Center for Research on Influenza Pathogenesis (CRIP). Since 1911, the Japan Academy has acknowledged outstanding publications and the achievement… Read more »

Armed with estrogens, female cells are better poised to fight the flu

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Peretz, J, et al. Estrogenic compounds reduce influenza A virus replication in primary human nasal epithelial cells derived from female, but not male, donors. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. (2015). It seems that the playing field is not entirely even between the sexes when it comes to… Read more »

Conserved molecular signatures help predict immune responses to vaccination in the young and elderly

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Nakaya, HI et al. Systems Analysis of Immunity to Influenza Vaccination across Multiple Years and in Diverse Populations Reveals Shared Molecular Signatures. Immunity. (2015). Currently, the most effective method to prevent influenza is vaccination with a seasonal trivalent or quadrivalent vaccine containing antigens of H1N1, H3N2, and one or two… Read more »

Renowned glycobiologist and influenza researcher, Dr. Richard Cummings, moves to Harvard Medical School

Dr. Richard Cummings, an investigator with the Emory-UGA Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS), recently joined Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. The CEIRS DPCC staff took this opportunity to talk to Dr. Cummings about his research on glycobiology and influenza. Dr. Richard Cummings, one of the foremost experts… Read more »

Neutrophil trails are essential for guiding T cells to the site of influenza infection

NIAID CEIRS | Research Publication Commentary Lim, K., et al. Neutrophil trails guide influenza-specific CD8+ T cells in the airways. Science. (2015). A well-functioning immune system is critical for protection against infection, and requires coordination of both the innate and adaptive immune response. The innate immune response, usually the first line of defense, consists of… Read more »