The Bay Area Virus Network ( represents a constellation of scientists, engineers, and clinician researchers in the San Francisco Bay Area who are working to understand, prevent, and control human and animal viral infections. It is a platform for connecting investigators at universities, biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, and research institutes throughout the region. We encourage

1. Dynamics of human cytomegalovirus infection of Langerhans-type dendritic cells isolation Presenter: Laura Hertel Affiliation: Children’s Hospital of Oakland Research Institute Abstract: Acquisition of human cytomegalovirus (CMV) usually occurs by contact between contaminated bodily fluids, such as urine and saliva, and host mucosal cells. Langerhans-type dendritic cells (LC) are the only type of immune cells found

The University of California, Berkeley is officially launching the Alliance for Global Health and Science (the Alliance), thanks to a $1 million gift from Berkeley alumnus and Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aduro Biotech Stephen T. Isaacs. Recently, events such as the spread of Zika virus to Latin America and the 2014 Ebola

Introduction The Immunotherapeutics and Vaccine Research Initiative (IVRI) is a new initiative at UC Berkeley (UCB) focused on immunology and vaccinology for the treatment or prophylaxis of cancer, infectious disease, autoimmune disease, and other diseases that may be impacted by immunomodulation. Aduro Biotech is the founding partner for the IVRI, and is sponsoring multiple projects directed

Henry H. “Sam” Wheeler Jr., the founding donor and namesake for the Center for Emerging and Infectious Diseases, died this month at his home in Southern California. Sam was a highly engaged and interested supporter of CEND, and he will be sorely missed. Sam Wheeler was born in California in 1927. Ten years later, his

Faculty Travel Awards Program Summary The NIH-funded MHIRT program trains UC Berkeley and other qualified Bay Area students in infectious disease research, by funding short-term research experiences outside the U.S. for undergraduate or doctoral students. Each year , the grant provide 2-3 months of support for up to 10 student research projects, to be conducted at a site in

The Annual Bay Area Symposium on Viruses was held on Friday, May 29th in the Chan Shun Auditorium on UC Berkeley’s main campus. This was the 5th year of the symposium, which brought together approximately 300 members of the Bay Area virology community for a series of scientific talks by faculty, industry representatives, post-docs, and

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Longitude Prize is looking to help tackle the problem with a £10 million (~$15 million) prize fund for a diagnostic tool that can rule out antibiotic use or help identify an effective antibiotic to treat a patient. Register your team and find collaborators at  Entries will be accepted through  2019.

On Friday January 9, UC Berkeley’s Wheeler Center for Emerging and Neglected Infectious Diseases (CEND) held its 7th Annual Symposium at the Li Ka Shing Center on Berkeley’s main campus. Running under the theme of “Vaccines and Therapeutics for Emerging and Neglected Infectious Disease: From Science to Solutions,” the event was attended by approximately 300

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