Two major roadblocks can be identified that have hindered efforts to be better prepared for the next pandemic of influenza. First, current vaccines do not provide durable and broadly cross protective immunity, precluding effective stockpiling and requiring yearly vaccination. Second, although the role of avian influenza viruses in the generation of new pandemics has been clearly described, the exact features that control species specificity are poorly understood, significantly hampering our ability to predict pandemics. The New York Influenza Center of Excellence (NYICE) is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach involving investigators in the fields of immunology, virology, biochemistry, medicine, pediatrics, statistics and bioinformatics that will address directly the issues of cross-protective immunity and virus adaptation to the mammalian host. Our goal is to provide a truly transforming approach to influenza research.
Environment for Influenza Research
Research on the immunology and pathogenesis of influenza at NYICE will take place in a rich environment of highly collaborative center grants that are devoted in large measure to influenza vaccine development, immune response, pathogenesis, and epidemiology. Importantly, each of these programs has a clear focus on influenza in humans, and each will provide synergistic contributions to the research program we will carry forward in NYICE. In addition to influenza research, the medical center also excels in other respiratory viruses research.
Pilot Project Applications - Due April 12, 2013 by 5 PM
The New York Influenza Center of Excellence at the University of Rochester Medical Center is seeking proposals for pilot projects related to influenza virus infection, pathogenesis, and host responses.
Investigators outside of the NYICE are particularly encouraged to apply.
Preliminary proposals should be three (3) pages or less, indicating the estimated timeline for deliverables and budget for the entire project. Detailed budgets are not needed, but must exclude tenure-track faculty salaries. Projects are limited to a term that ends March 31, 2014.
In order to provide broad support, we are seeking proposals in the range of $25,000 to $50,000 total costs per project. Requests for budgets in excess of this range will be considered, but costs and deliverables are part of the evaluation criteria. Matching funds by departments and centers are encouraged.
Pilot Project Application: NYICE Pilot Project Application
Get in Touch
For general questions, call:
Email: Donna Neu