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W. Harry Feinstone Department of Molecular Microbiology and Immunology

Centers and Institutes

Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute

The Johns Hopkins Malaria Research Institute comprises several research groups that study different aspects of malaria, ranging from mosquito population biology to vaccine and drug research, at the basic and translational level. The institute comprises state-of-the-art core facilities and a field laboratoiry in Macha, Southern Zambia. It also provides research support through pilot grant and fellowship support.

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Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS) / Study to Help the AIDS Research Effort (SHARE)

SHARE, the Study to Help the AIDS Research Effort, is one of four clinical sites of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study (MACS). The other sites are located in Los Angeles, Chicago, and Pittsburgh. The sites were funded in 1983 by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) to investigate the natural history of a new infection, that came to be known as HIV/AIDS. In 1987, the Center for the Analysis and Management of MACS data (CAMACS) was established at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The study seeks to: Characterize the range of responses to HAART (Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy), with special emphasis on the disease stage at which HAART is taken; Define the effect of HAART on clinical outcomes i.e., AIDS, infections, etc. ; Compare clinical outcomes in people who receive HAART and those who do not; Characterize the long-term adverse effects and treatment-related effects of HAART; Describe long-term patterns of HAART use; Ascertain long-term patterns of behavior that can lead to the spread of HIV infection.

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Johns Hopkins Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance (JH CEIRS)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) program is an integrated network of centers designed to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers that perform surveillance related research integrated with research on host immune response, viral pathogenesis, and the factors that control the emergence and transmission of influenza viruses. The JH CEIRS performs human influenza surveillance in the United States, Taiwan and Zambia with an overall goal of increasing our understanding of how seasonal influenza circulates in the human population and to provide the information and public health tools needed to control the impact of epidemic and pandemic influenza.

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