The Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) Network Pandemic Research Response Planning project is a cross-center collaborative initiative aimed at enhancing the CEIRS network’s ability to mobilize its scientific expertise and capabilities during an influenza pandemic or pre-pandemic situation and provide research-based knowledge to inform the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ overall public health response. Through ongoing consultation and collaboration with all CEIRS centers and National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) leadership, this effort will ensure that the CEIRS network has appropriate plans, tools, and strategies in place to implement a coordinated, robust research response to a pandemic or emerging influenza virus of public health significance.
Based on consultation and collaboration with investigators from all CEIRS centers and NIAID/CEIRS leadership, key-informant interviews, tabletop exercises, and independent research and analysis, the project will accomplish the following aims:
- Collect and summarize information on current CEIRS capabilities and expertise for pandemic and pre-pandemic research.
- Identify research priorities and activities applicable to different potential pandemic scenarios.
- Develop strategies for internal and external communications within the CEIRS network regarding pandemic research plans and procedures.
- Form a CEIRS Pandemic Planning Advisory Committee (PPAC), convening at annual network meetings with additional conference calls as needed.
- Provide the PPAC, CEIRS network investigators, and NIAID/CEIRS leadership with periodic reviews and updates of the pandemic planning process and solicit feedback.
- Identify and collect information resources (including guidance documents, clinical protocols, and best practices) relevant to conducting research during a pandemic, accessible to CEIRS investigators through a CEIRS login site.
- Develop a coordinated planning strategy and framework; review and discuss with the NEC, the PPAC, and CEIRS lead investigators.
- Develop, vet, refine, exercise, and finalize a CEIRS pandemic research response plan.