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02 December 2016: How Zika Virus Spreads through Sex

A worrisome mode of Zika virus (ZIKV) transmission is through unprotected sex. COBRE Investigator, Saguna Verma, Ph.D., an associate professor of tropical medicine with the John A. Burns School of Medicine, has received the first ZIKV-response NIH funding in Hawaii to investigate how ZIKV infection …


08 November 2016: Another New NIH Grant

COBRE Investigator, Saguna Verma, Ph.D., an associate professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, has been awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for an exploratory project aimed at understanding how Zika virus…


24 October 2016: A New NIH Grant

COBRE Investigator, Mukesh Kumar, D.V.M., Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Department of Tropical Medicine, Medical Microbiology and Pharmacology, has been awarded an R21 grant from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke to discover effective treatments for encephalitis caus…


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Recent Publications
BMC Infectious Diseases, 2016, Prevalence of malaria, typhoid, toxoplasmosis and rubella among febrile children in Cameroon.
Achonduh-Atijegbe OA, Mfuh KO, Mbange AH, Chedjou JP, Taylor DW, Nerurkar VR, Mbacham WF, Leke R.

BACKGROUND: The current roll-out of rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) in many endemic countries has resulted in the reporting of fewer cases of malaria-attributed illnesses. However, lack of knowledge of the prevalence of other febrile illnesses and affordable diagnostic tests means that febrile patient…


Biological Bulletin, 2016, Box jellyfish Alatina alata has a circumtropical distribution.
Lawley JW, Ames CL, Bentlage B, Yanagihara A, Goodwill R, Kayal E, Hurwitz K, Collins AG.

Species of the box jellyfish (Cubozoa) genus Alatina are notorious for their sting along the beaches of several localities of the Atlantic and Pacific. These species include Alatina alata on the Caribbean Island of Bonaire (the Netherlands), A. moseri in Hawaii, and A. mordens in Australia. Most cub…


Infection Genetics and Evolution, 2016, Molecular phylogeny of a genetically divergent hantavirus harbored by the Geoffroy's rousette (Rousettus amplexicaudatus), a frugivorous bat species in the Philippines.
Arai S, Taniguchi S, Aoki K, Yoshikawa Y, Kyuwa S, Tanaka-Taya K, Masangkay JS, Omatsu T, Puentespina R, Watanabe S, Alviola P, Alvarez J, Eres E, Cosico E, Quibod MN, Morikawa S, Yanagihara R, Oishi K.

The recent discovery of genetically distinct hantaviruses in multiple species of shrews and moles (order Eulipotyphla, families Soricidae and Talpidae) prompted a further exploration of their host diversification and geographic distribution by analyzing lung tissues from 376 fruit bats representing …


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Seminars & Events
10 February 2017, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Jerris R. Hedges, M.D., M.S., M.M.M.
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Informational Session on the National Academy of Medicine (NAM) Nomination and Election Process


25 January 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Catherine M. Pirkle, Ph.D.
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Importance of Building Research Capacity for Health in Disadvantaged Global Settings


18 January 2017, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Sladjana Prisic, Ph.D.
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Role of Zinc in Tuberculosis


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Workshops
21 October 2016, 10:00 AM
Alexandra Gurary, Ph.D.

Attune Nxt Training


20 October 2016, 03:30 PM
Alexandra Gurary, Ph.D.

Luminex Acquisition Software Training


20 October 2016, 10:00 AM
Alexandra Gurary, Ph.D.

Attune Nxt Training


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Recent Grants
NIH/NIAID, R21AI129465 Under Attack: Modulation of the Blood-Testes Barrier by Zika Virus
11/08/2016 - 10/31/2018
NIH/NINDS, R21NS099838 Defining the Function of Schlafen4 in the Pathogenesis of Flavivirus Encephalitis
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2018
NIH/NIEHS, R21ES027230 Pathogenesis of Life Threatening Box Jellyfish Envenomation and Irukandji Syndrome
09/01/2016 - 08/31/2018
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