Division Highlights - Infectious Diseases

The Division of Infectious Diseases cares for children with common, complex or potentially life-threatening infectious diseases and illnesses.

Research interests include international health, immunization efficacy, vaccine preventable disease epidemiology and policy, respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections, arbovirus infections and fungal infections.

2016 Highlights

  • James Conway, MD, received a Special Achievement Award from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) “For Leadership and For Convening Diverse and Talented Collaborators for HPV Vaccine Advocacy.”
     

    In addition, he was selected to serve as technical advisor for an AAP/CDC collaborative project working with international pediatrics associations to develop vaccine advocacy programs in key countries. The project is currently focused on activity in Kenya.

  • Sheryl L. Henderson, MD, PhD, received a one-year, $20,460 Youth Health Transition Quality Improvement Grant from the Waisman Center for her project, “A Program for the Transition of Healthcare for HIV-Infected Youth.”

  • Bruce Klein, MD, and several of his postdoctoral fellows received fellowship grants in 2016.
    • Nydiaris Hernandez-Santos, PhD, received a two-year, $173,655 Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID). The supplement is part of Dr. Klein's NIH-NIAID R01 parent award, "Molecular Pathogenesis of Blastomycosis."

      Dr. Hernandez-Santos also received a three-year, $60,000 Postdoctoral Enrichment Program award from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund for her project, “Role of Airway Epithelial Cells in Host Defense Against Pulmonary Fungal Pathogens."

    • J. Scott Fites, PhD, received a 2016 Postdoctoral Fellowship from the American Heart Association (AHA). This two-year grant, in the amount of $102,550, is for his project, "Harnessing a long-lived neutrophil to fight systemic fungal infections."

    • Huafeng Wang, PhD, received a two-year, $110,300 postdoctoral fellowship from the American Heart Association for his project, "New Adjuvants for the Prevention of Cardiovascular Fungal Infections."

  • Ellen Wald, MD, and University of Pittsburgh colleague Nader Shaikh, MD, received a five-year, $4.9 million U01 grant from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases for their multi-site study, “Efficacy of Antibiotics in Children with Sinusitis: Which Children Benefit?”

 

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