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URMC / Respiratory Pathogens Research Center

Respiratory Pathogens Research Center (RPRC)

RPRC Contract Number: HHSN272201200005C

About the RPRC

The Respiratory Pathogens Research Center (RPRC) was created to develop new insight, tools, and strategies in order to decrease the significant global health burden caused by viruses and bacteria that take aim at the respiratory system.  These pathogens cause pneumonia and flu, as well as other infections caused by lesser-known but still-deadly microbes such as coronaviruses, metapneumoviruses, parainfluenza viruses, and respiratory syncytial virus, as well as a host of bacteria.

The RPRC, which was established by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in 2011, consists of a national network of scientists focusing on research that will lead to a better understanding of the complex interactions between respiratory pathogens, the immune system, and other genetic and environmental factors and how these interactions can cause complications, and developing new ways to treat or prevent these diseases.


National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases