Culturing cells in petri dish

Work continues on policies for 'gain of function' research

An NSABB working group plans to start reviewing a preliminary risk-benefit assessment next month, with the board's final recommendations to be released in the spring of 2016.

Hospital patient's hands

Jordan, Saudi Arabia report more MERS cases

Pipette and test tubes

HHS funds 2 experimental flu treatments

Ebola Vaccine Team B report cover
CIDRAP / Wellcome Trust Report

Recommendations for Accelerating the Development of Ebola Vaccines

Panel of experts convened by the Wellcome Trust and CIDRAP lays out recommendations for the expedient development of Ebola vaccines. Ebola Team B page.

Hajj winds down amid few new Saudi MERS detections

A case update from the WHO showed a variety of exposure types, with some unknown.

Ebola virus

Study: Chip test directly identifies Ebola virus

A UC–Santa Cruz team has developed a chip-based method to directly detect Ebola.

Hajj pilgrms

Three Saudi MERS cases as survey notes knowledge gaps in Hajj pilgrims

Saudi Arabia had gone 2 days without reporting a case.

Flu shot

WHO panel changes 2 strains in Southern Hemisphere flu vaccine

Both the H3N2 and B strains will differ in next year's Southern Hemisphere trivalent flu vaccine.


Sep 9, 2015
The Ford Lecture Series inaugural address by Director Michael Osterholm: "Infectious Diseases of the 21st Century: A New World Order," on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in Pellegrene Auditorium - Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN. The series covers cutting-edge scientific topics and their relevance to everyday life.

Jul 26, 2015
Annual CEIRS Network Meeting keynote lecture delivered by Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Dr. Osterholm provided an update on human influenza outbreaks worldwide and noted the need for preparedness activities to be taken in advance of the next potential pandemic. 

Jun 17, 2015
University of Minnesota Regents Professorship awarded to Director Michael Osterholm, PhD, MPH. Created in 1965, the Regents Professorship is the highest faculty recognition given by the university, and Osterholm's honor is the first ever for the School of Public Health. Regents Professors exhibit outstanding scholarly or artistic work, high-quality teaching, and extensive contributions to the public good.

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The Osterholm Quote

“The likelihood that this virus [MERS-CoV] will move around the world to another health facility is very real."