Types of Research at the Center
While the specific projects to be undertaken at the Respiratory Pathogens Research Center have not been finalized, they could include projects such as:
- Studies in people of an experimental vaccine designed to protect the elderly against pneumonia;
- An unprecedented look at the interactions between the germs that normally live in our bodies and help to keep us healthy, and harmful germs like the flu;
- How and why some children fight off an RSV infection effectively while others become very sick;
- How the body first recognizes respiratory viruses and then rouses the immune system to kill them â€“ key knowledge for the creation of new vaccines;
- How flu vaccines might be modified so they can be safer and more effective for people who have had organ transplants;
- How viruses harm the breathing of infants born prematurely, with researchers working with collaborators with the University’s Prematurity and Respiratory Outcomes Program (PROP);
- What happens in the body when viruses and bacteria both cause infection at the same time. A common example occurs when a patient catches a cold and is told that an antibiotic won’t be helpful. The patient becomes sicker and sicker and then, weeks later, finds out that a bacterial infection has also occurred, and that indeed, antibiotics would now improve his or her health.
- Additional clinical trials of drugs or vaccines for respiratory diseases in children or adults, with studies ranging in size from a few dozen participants to hundreds at sites around the world, depending on the need.