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Infectious Disease Institute

Infectious Disease Institute

Bringing together theoreticians and empirical scientists in a wide variety of disciplines to collaborate and innovate in the area of infectious disease research

Comprising the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and the Center for Molecular Immunology and Infectious Disease, the Infectious Disease Institute and its faculty are at the leading edge of infectious disease research at Penn State.

The Institute and its faculty also support the Huck Institutes' Immunology and Infectious Diseases graduate program.

Recent publications
Malaria infection risk influenced by daily temperature variations Identifying areas of malarial infection risk depends more on daily temperature variation than on the average monthly temperatures, according to a team of researchers who believe that their results may also apply to environmentally temperature-dependent organisms other than the malaria parasite.
Flu outbreaks are modeled by a new study of classroom schedules Using high-school schedule data for a community of students, teachers, and staff, Marcel Salathé and Timo Smieszek have developed a low-cost but effective method to determine how to focus disease-control strategies based on which individuals are most likely to spread the infection.
Parasite burden is linked positively to rank in a primate social network Alex Hernandez and a team of researchers find that high-ranking Japanese macaque females are more likely to become key hosts or even "superspreaders" in the transmission of parasites within their social groups.
News
Mosquitoes infected with the bacteria Wolbachia are more likely to become infected with West Nile virus and more likely to transmit the virus to humans, according to a team of researchers that includes Jason Rasgon. Control strategy for Dengue, malaria increases risk of West Nile virus - Full article
Fine-scale climate model projections suggest the possibility that population centers in cool, highland regions of East Africa could be more vulnerable to malaria than previously thought, while population centers in hot, lowland areas could be less vulnerable, according to a team of researchers that includes Huck Institutes faculty researcher Matthew Thomas. Fine-scale climate model projections predict malaria at local levels - Full article
Stigmatization may have once served to protect early humans from infectious diseases, but that strategy may do more harm than good for modern humans, according to Penn State researchers including Rachel Smith and David Hughes. Stigmas, once evolutionarily sound, are now bad health strategies - Full article
Events
Sep 25, 2014 Thursday 11:00 AM
Title to be announced
Oct 2, 2014 Thursday 11:00 AM
Surveillance for Antimicrobial Resistance in Enteric Bacteria in Pennsylvania
Oct 16, 2014 Thursday 11:00 AM
Jane Heffernan (York University)
The effects of pre-existing immunity
Oct 23, 2014 Thursday 11:00 AM
Thomas Van Boeckel (Princeton University)
Title to be announced