Infectious Diseases

  • Infectious Diseases Research

    The Division of Infectious Diseases at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has earned acclaim for its role in research discoveries that have changed the face of modern medicine. From work that led to the oral polio vaccine to the development of Rotarix®, one of two oral rotavirus vaccines, our discoveries have markedly decreased illness and fatalities throughout the world.

    Our basic and clinical research programs continue this reputation for excellence and innovation. The scope of our basic science research includes both viral and fungal pathogenesis: we are conducting studies of herpesvirus latency and vaccines, structure-function relationships of noroviruses, the immunobiology of rotavirus infection, the molecular pathogenesis of cytomegalovirus infection, the immune response to influenza vaccines and the mechanisms underlying bloodstream infection by the Candida albicans.

    Our translational research conducted in mouse, guinea pig and primate models provides a preclinical assessment of the efficacy of therapies for a number of pathogens including herpesviruses, noroviruses and rotavirus. These studies serve as a bridge between basic science and clinical investigation.

    Thanks to NIH and industry support, our Vaccine and Treatment Evaluation Unit (VTEU) conducts clinical research trials evaluating vaccine and antiviral strategies in humans. Our other clinical research programs include the CDC funded epidemiology and surveillance program, which conducts population-based surveillance to determine the disease burden for infectious diseases and examines the effectiveness of recommended vaccines. These studies are supported by the division’s Laboratory for Specialized Clinical Studies (LSCS), which performs state-of-the-art virology and immune evaluations. A well-funded program in global health research provides opportunities for faculty and fellows to participate in exciting clinical and epidemiologic investigations in China, Honduras, Guatemala, Nepal, India and Bangladesh.

    We receive research funding from a variety of sources such as the National Institutes of Health, the Fogerty Center, the Centers for Disease Control, the National Vaccine Program Office, the Department of Defense, the March of Dimes and industry sponsors.

 
 
  • Clinical Services

    The Infectious Diseases Division at Cincinnati Children’s provides inpatient and outpatient consultation on the diagnosis and management of all types of acute and chronic pediatric infections.

    Learn more about our clinical services.
 
  • Education

    The Infectious Diseases Division training program prepares physicians for independent investigative careers in academics and fosters the development of clinical expertise in pediatric infectious diseases.  

    Learn more about our fellowship.
 
  • Infectious Diseases
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    Infectious Diseases

    Row 1: M Dickey, M Staat, R Cardin, L Danziger-Isakov

    Row 2: M Steinhoff, M Hostetter, R Brady, E Schlaudecker, J Jiang, M Tan, S Shah

    Row 3: D Bernstein, T Farkas, R Frenck, J Qualls, D Haslam, SS Way

  • Division Data Summary

    Research and Training Details
    Faculty19
    Joint Appointment Faculty3
    Research Fellows3
    Research Students5
    Support Personnel97
    Direct Annual Grant Support $10,319,545
    Direct Annual Industry Support $3,570,562
    Peer Reviewed Publications65
    Clinical Activities and Training
    Number of Clinical Staff5
    Number of Clinical Fellows4
    Number of Other Students6
    Inpatient Encounters2896
    Outpatient Encounters1695