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

Virus in cattle linked to human breast cancer

Thursday, 17 September 2015 by

“A new study by UC Berkeley researchers establishes for the first time a link between infection with the bovine leukemia virus and human breast cancer. In the study, published this month in the journalPLOS ONE and available online, researchers analyzed breast tissue from 239 women for the presence of bovine leukemia virus (BLV), comparing samples from

UC Berkeley scientists have identified a key culprit responsible for the fluid loss and resulting shock that are the hallmark of severe — and potentially fatal — dengue virus infections. A team of researchers led by molecular virologist Eva Harris, a UC Berkeley professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, presented new evidence

Sangwei Lu from University of California, Berkeley in the U.S. will combine peanut butter with the antibiotic amoxicillin as a way to both treat pneumonia and boost nutrition in children from developing countries. They will test different formulations in healthy volunteers for texture and taste, and analyze stability over 12 months at different temperatures. They

The Fletcher Lab at UC Berkeley and its collaborators in the U.S. and around the world are designing technology that turns the camera of a mobile phone or tablet computer into a high-quality light microscope. By combining mobile microscopy with automation and wireless communication, we are creating new ways to tackle applications from infectious disease diagnosis to

CEND faculty affiliate Britt Glaunsinger was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Fellow, marking her significant and ongoing contributions to basic virology science.  For the full feature story, please visit this link:

Mariane Ferme, a professor in UC Berkeley’s anthropology department, has spent years studying customs and practices in Sierra Leone.  Her work did not touch on medical issues until the current outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in Upper West Africa, the largest ever recorded. She realized that because spread of the infection has been almost exclusively through human-to-human

UC Berkeley researchers will receive $5.8 million over five years from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of the National Institutes of Health, to develop tools to quickly spot and identify drug-resistant pathogens. Read the full story here. Read the NIAID press release here.

Emmunify: a vaccination tracking initiative

Thursday, 04 December 2014 by

Emmunify is a simple tool for increasing vaccination coverage rates, created with the help of CEND-affiliated professor, Julia Walsh. The tool strives to improve medical record keeping and launching patient notification technology to ensure every child has a chance at a healthy life. The prototype was tested in slums of New Delhi and needs support for

Searle Scholars Program 2014  Press Release: Fifteen Searle Scholars Named for 2014 April 4, 2014: Chicago, Illinois – Fifteen researchers in the chemical and biological sciences have been named as the 2014 Searle Scholars. Each will be awarded $300,000 to support his or her work during the next three years. Since the program’s inception in

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