Research at the Center for Infection and Immunity is multidisciplinary and integrates the efforts of scientists and physicians specializing in molecular and systems biology, epidemiology, immunology, and neurobiology. Our currently funded projects reflect the chronic illness and infectious disease research the CII has worked on for over 20 years. Collectively, the faculty of the CII have published over 500 manuscripts, hold 10 active patents for diagnostic technologies, and Emergency Use Authorizations from the FDA. We are also home to two major research centers: the Center for Solutions for ME/CFS and the Global Alliance for Preventing Pandemics (GAPP). Additionally, we are founding collaborators in the Autism Birth Cohort Study (ABC) based in Norway with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
We have been fortunate to achieve many milestones and develop world changing technologies in our history. Our research accomplishments in ABC, ME/CFS, microbial discovery and diagnostic technologies, and outbreak response have provided the foundation for futher development as well as the ability to support work for therapeutics studies. Additionally, we have provided extensive consultations to media, films, and the press to ensure scientific accuracy in the information being broadcast. Notably, we have:
- Provided script, set, prop, and costume consulting as well as cast training for the 2011 film "Contagion".
- Reviewed scripts and costume design for Amazon's "Utopia", the 2022 film "No Time to Die", and Apple TV+ "Extrapolations" among several other productions.
- Developed and monitored the COVID-19 safety protocols implemented by the film and television industry, the 93rd Academy Awards, and the 2020 Democratic National Convention.
- Reunited with the "Contagion" cast, director (Soderbergh), and writer (Burns) to coordinate the "Control the Contagion" public service videos at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Worked with New York State and Scott Z. Burns to film the "Roll Up Your Sleeves" public service video highlighting community, religous leaders, and medical staff promoting vaccination.
- Written editorials on MERS, Ebola, the anti-vaccination movement, Zika, COVID-19, and global infectious disease management as well as collaborative pieces regarding infectious outbreaks and measures to mitigate spread.
Our overall goal is to collaborate with investigators worldwide towards a global immune system.
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