Press Releases

April 27, 2020
Could a New Ultraviolet Technology Fight the Spread of Coronavirus?
Columbia researcher David Brenner believes far-UVC light - safe for humans, but lethal for viruses - could be a 'game changer'.

April 23, 2020
FDA Approves Studies of Plasma Therapy for COVID-19
Blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors could be used to protect high-risk individuals and healthcare workers, and to treat critically ill patients.

March 27, 2020
Contagion Team Reunites to Create Coronavirus PSAs
Produced by Contagion director Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter Scott Z. Burns, and scientific advisor Ian Lipkin, several of the film's stars have reunited to produce a series of evidence-based COVID-19 PSAs.

March 26, 2020
Columbia Public Health Responds to the COVID-19 Pandemic
Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health has been working on multiple fronts to respond to the spread of the virus.

March 25, 2020
An Update on Ian Lipkin
On March 24, Ian Lipkin, Director of CII, announced he has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he acquired the virus through community transmission.

March 19, 2020
Responding to the COVID-19 Pandemic
The C3 Test is designed and optimized to be highly sensitive, or able to detect low levels of viral RNA.

March 13, 2020
The Kind of Outbreak Our Scientists Knew Would Happen
"We didn't know which virus would emerge or where, but the fact that it happened is no surprise at all," said Professor Simon Anthony of the CII and member of PREDICT.

March 5, 2020
At the Forefront of Global Efforts to Combat Coronavirus
CII has launched a research initiative to develop a rapid and reliable test for diagnosing SARS-CoV-2 and to identify the sources of transmission, specifically in mild or asymptomatic cases.

February 11, 2020
New Method Predicts Individual Response to Ebola Infection
CII has used a special breed of laboratory mice that mimic human patterns of tolerance and susceptibility to the Ebola virus to identify human immune factors to predict infection outcomes.

February 4, 2020
Our Experts Respond to the Coronavirus Outbreak
Ian Lipkin had just returned from China, where he has been advising the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and preparing a formal report for the government.

January 7, 2020
China Honors Ian Lipkin
In part of their 70th anniversary celebration of the People's Republic of China, Ian Lipkin was awarded with a medal of recognition for his work in China during the SARS epidemic as a pivotal moment in PRC history.

September 16, 2019
More Than Lyme: Study in Long Island Finds Multiple Agents of Tick-Borne Disease
Prevalence of multiple agents capable of causing human disease in three species of ticks on Long Island.

August 13, 2019
New Evidence Points to Viral Culprit in AFM Child Paralysis
Antibody evidence in cerebrospinal fluid that points to enterovirus infection as a cause for acute flaccid myelitis

August 13, 2019
New Evidence Points to Viral Culprit in AFM Child Paralysis
Antibody evidence in cerebrospinal fluid that points to enterovirus infection as a cause for acute flaccid myelitis

February 26, 2019
Study Traces Origins of Chikungunya in Brazil
New evidence suggests Chikungunya virus arrived in Brazil at least one year earlier than originally detected.

February 20, 2019
Viruses That Linger in the Gut Could Trigger Type 1 Diabetes
New evidence supporting an association between elevated levels of enteroviruses in intestinal tracts of children and inlet automimmunity (Type 1 diabetes precursor)

January 24, 2019
Scientists Discover Ebola Virus in West African Bat
This is the first identification of Ebola virus in a bat in the region.

October 23, 2018
Breakthrough Test Screens for All Known Bacterial Infections
Precision Medicine platform developed at CII is 1,000x more sensitive than conventional screening methods and can detect signs of antibiotic resistance

August 27, 2018
Ebola Species Found in Bats Ahead of Any Potential Outbreak
Discovery illustrates PREDICT Project's goal to find viruses before they spillover into people

August 22, 2018
Unexplained Illness in Tanzania Puts Pathogen Discovery to the Test
Scientists were able to detect the near-complete genome of HIV-1 from a patient blood sample

August 10, 2018
Precision Public Health: IDs of Respiratory Diseases in Uganda
Utilizing a sophisticated genetic sequencing technique to identify pathogens/patterns of unknown respiratory illnesses

July 24, 2018
Scientists Discover New Ebolavirus in Bats in Sierra Leone
Currently no evidence of human infection or spillover

July 13, 2018
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin at the Beijing Center
Lecture: The Virus in the Globalized World

July 9, 2018
Insights from Metabolites Get Us Closer to a Test for CFS
Center for Infection and Immunity researchers combined data from the metabolome and microbiome to predict who had disease with 84% certainty
June 27, 2018
NIH Director Francis Collins Highlights Breakthrough Tick Test
Writing on his NIH Director’s Blog, Francis Collins, MD, highlights a breakthrough test for tick-borne diseases developed by CII researchers

May 3, 2018
What Gorilla Poop Tells Us About Evolution and Human Health
Researchers find the microbiomes of wild gorillas shift seasonally when once a year they switch from eating fibrous leaves to eating fruit

April 17, 2018
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Discovered in NYC House Mice
A study of mice collected from apartment buildings reveals they carry several disease-causing pathogens, some of which may be resistant to treatments

March 6, 2018
New Test Extends Window for Accurate Detection of Zika
The test improves on existing options, providing an accurate and cost-effective means to determine whether a patient was infected, days or months after exposure

February 16, 2018
First Multiplex Test for Tick-Borne Diseases
Promising to revolutionize diagnosis, a single blood test can now accurately detect if someone has Lyme Disease and/or one of seven other tick-borne diseases

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