CEND Initiatives

BayViro Network

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. was launched in 2012 by CEND at UC Berkeley, and CEND continues to serve as an administrative home for the network.

UC Berkeley Minority Health/Global Health MHIRT Program

The UC Berkeley Minority Health/Global Health NIH MHIRT program funds international summer research experiences for qualified Berkeley students. The program provides training in infectious disease research, with a focus on diseases that disproportionately affect people in developing countries.

Program Principal Investigator: Art Reingold, MD
Professor, School of Public Health

Global Health Diagnostics (GHDx) Initiative

The Global Health Diagnostics Initiative (GHDx) at UC Berkeley addresses the need for appropriate, low-cost diagnostic technologies to improve health in low- and middle-income countries. The group is a subgroup within the broader student Point-of-Care Diagnostics interest group and receives funding from the UC Berkeley Institute for International Studies (IIS).

Global Infectious Disease (GID) Training Program
Research Training at the Confluence of Infectious and Non-Communicable Diseases in India The Global Infectious Disease (GID) training program seeks to to establish a sustainable research and training infrastructure at Jagadguru Sri Shivarathreeswara (JSSU) University in Mysore, India dedicated to the study of the interaction of infectious diseases with chronic non-communicable diseases (NCD). The structure of the GID training program will include two tracks: 1) field epidemiology of infectious disease interaction with non-communicable diseases and 2) molecular epidemiology of infectious diseases that occurs in people who develop non-communicable diseases.Training is primarily be provided on site in Mysore to post-graduate students (Masters, MD, and PhD degrees) as part of their degree training at JSSU. A limited number of short-term (less than 6 months) and long-term (6-12 months) training opportunities are offered in the US. The program will be co-directed by Dr. Lee Riley at UCB and Dr. Mahesh Anand Padukudru at JSSU. A GID D43 grant from Fogarty center funds the program.
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