Bridging the gap between the lab bench and real life.
The mission of the Center for Infectious Diseases (CID) is to address public health concerns of the citizens of Texas by providing infrastructure and administrative support for multidisciplinary and coordinated research, teaching and community service programs. We foster epidemiological and biomedical research and training, and international collaborative research efforts aimed at infectious diseases
Major areas of research
Our center is primarily focused on the following subjects:
- 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 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
Local research with international impact
The Center for Infectious Diseases at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) was created by the Texas Legislature in 1988 to address public health concerns of our state to:
- 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 center’s resources 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. Efforts focus on epidemiology, clinical and laboratory sciences and health care administration.
Collaboration is the key to progress
Our aim is to foster epidemiologic and biomedical research and training in infectious diseases with an emphasis on public health and inter-institutional collaboration.
Our Center is a proud member of the Gulf Coast Consortia, one of the largest inter-institutional cooperatives in the world with a focus on building strong collaborative research groups and interdisciplinary training opportunities. The organization brings together basic and translational scientists, researchers, clinicians and students in the quantitative biomedical sciences. The organization advances the region’s scientific progress through joint training and research programs, shared equipment and core facilities, and the exchange of scientific knowledge.
We also work closely with McGovern Medical School’s Center for Antimicrobial Resistance and Microbial Genomics (CARMiG), which uses state of the art genomic and bioinformatics tools to study antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and track their local and worldwide spread.
Other principal collaborators include the MD Anderson Cancer Center Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Baylor College of Medicine, the City of Houston and Harris County Health Departments.
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