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Center for Infectious Diseases

Dedicated to the control and prevention of existing, emerging and re-emerging diseases of public health importance.

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About us

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.

Contact us

Consuelo Kleeman 
Senior Administrative Assistant
713 500-9358
Consuelo.Kleemann@uth.tmc.edu

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    Leading data collection effort aimed at reducing teen pregnancy

    The data collection effort, expected to take six months, is the second part of a yearlong planning phase to address the issue of pregnancy prevention among children in foster care. Melissa Peskin, PhD, associate professor with UTHealth School of Public Health, will lead the effort.

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    Dr. Markham works with community partner. Photo by Aaron Nieto.
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    Fighting back against the vaping epidemic among youth

    As e-cigarette use by young people reaches epidemic proportions, researchers at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have received a $3.1 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to conduct the first-ever assessment on the long-term results of a nationwide nicotine vaping prevention program for youth called CATCH My Breath.

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    Understanding how one dose of the HPV vaccine may prevent infection

    A new study revealed that one dose of the HPV vaccine may prevent infection from the potential cancer-causing virus, according to research published in JAMA Network Open by UTHealth School of Public Health researchers.

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    Study authors Ashish Deshmukh, PhD, MPH; and Kalyani Sonawane, PhD. Photo by Maricruz Kwon.
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    Conducting needs assessments and "meeting people where they are"

    UTHealth School of Public Health researchers work to bridge that gap between what intervention programs offer versus what's needed by creating programs based on input from the individuals who have lived the experiences. 

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    Vanessa Schick, PhD; and J. Michael Wilkerson, PhD, MPH
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    Preventing and caring for HIV in homeless youth

     Alexis Sims, a doctoral student in health promotion and behavioral sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) School of Public Health, has been awarded a $100,000 supplemental research grant from the National Institutes of Health to investigate HIV prevention and care in homeless youth.

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    Meeting the public health education needs of the Permian Basin community

    UTHealth School of Public Health and the University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) College of Business have partnered to provide graduate students with the opportunity to earn a Graduate Certificate in Public Health while simultaneously earning a Master of Business Administration (MBA) beginning Spring 2020.

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    UTHealth School of Public Health Dean Eric Boerwinkle, PhD, UTPB President Dr. Sandra Woodley
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    Alumnus appointed to Texas Radiation Advisory Board

     Dr. William “Will” Pate, was appointed to the Texas Radiation Advisory Board (TRAB) and will remain in this position until the end of his term on April 16, 2023. Dr. Pate is one of 10 Texas professionals appointed to this board.

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    William Pate
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    Carol Huber appointed to the Value Based Payment and Quality Improvement Advisory Committee for Texas

    Huber will serve as a member representing regional healthcare partnerships.

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