The mission of the Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) is to address public health concerns of the citizens of our state by providing infrastructure and administrative support for multidisciplinary and coordinated research, teaching, and community service programs; to foster epidemiological and biomedical research and training in infectious diseases; and to encourage international collaborative research efforts addressing infectious disease problems of mutual concern.
The Center for Infectious Disease has an international orientation because of the global reservoir of pathogens and because of the potential for importation in the U.S. and Texas; the existing expertise in the CID in the area of international health; and the direct application of the clinical and research information learned in foreign settings to our dealing with the epidemic at home.
The University of Texas School of Public Health Center for Infectious Diseases was created by the Texas Legislature in 1988 to address public health concerns of our state through the following activities
- Provide infrastructure and administrative support for multidisciplinary and coordinated research, teaching, and community service programs
- Foster epidemiological and biomedical research and training in infectious diseases
- Encourage international collaborative research efforts addressing infectious disease problems of mutual concern
The aim of the Center for Infectious Diseases is to foster epidemiologic and biomedical research and training in infectious diseases with an emphasis on public health and inter-institutional collaboration.
The CID has been among the most successful programs in the Health Science Center in bridging academic units of the component schools.
The principal participating institutions are The University of Texas School of Public Health, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston Medical School and Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, working in collaboration with leaders form Baylor College of Medicine, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Houston City and Harris County Health Departments.
Resources of the Center have been dedicated to the development of research-oriented programs in Texas and abroad in the areas of diarrheal diseases, hepatitis, tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and other emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases with efforts in epidemiology, clinical and laboratory sciences and health care administration.
Vision and Goal
The Center for Infectious Diseases is dedicated to the control and prevention of existing, emerging, and re-emerging diseases of public health importance by bringing together the biological and clinical sciences.
Major Areas of Research for the CID
- Cryptosporidium infections of healthy and HIV-infected individuals
- Epidemiology and microbial etiology of diarrheal diseases
- Transmission of Hepatitis C Virus in different populations
- Cross-sectional survey of several infectious diseases among drug abusers
- Risk factor study of hepatocellular carcinoma in Texas and Egypt
- Epidemiology of respiratory infections
- Behavioral aspects and intervention strategies for sexually transmitted diseases
- Arboviral infections and hemorrhagic fevers
- Zoonotic Diseases
The Program Center for International Training and Research (CITAR)