Pacific-Southwest Regional Center of Excellence for Biodefense and Emerging Diseases (""""""""the Center"""""""") is a research consortium comprising 34 projects clustered within seven programs. The Center also features five differentiated core facilities that serve the entire region. All four states (AZ, CA, HI, and NV) of Region IX are represented among the 27 educational, research, commercial, and governmental institutions of the Center. The overall goal of the Center is outstanding science, achieved with a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach and a portfolio that balances basic and translational research. The Center's major theme is infections of the western United States, the Pacific Rim, and Latin America of relevance for biodefense or as emerging diseases. The seven programs are: (1) dengue, (2) viral zoonoses, including arenaviruses and Nipah virus, (3) botulinum neurotoxin, (4) Category B Burkholderia species, (5) tularemia, (6) coccidioidomycosis, and (7) reservoir-targeted vaccines for prevention of human infections. Applications of the research include improved diagnostics, novel therapeutic agents, and vaccine platforms. Other key functions of the Center are: (a) responding, in cooperation with public health agencies, to infectious diseases emergencies with its collective expertise, resources, and facilities;(b) fostering the careers of talented young investigators and more established investigators newly-entering this research field;and (c) providing a region-wide training facility for investigators and staff to learn safe operations under biocontainment conditions.

Public Health Relevance

Through its basic and translational research programs, the Pacific-Southwest Regional Center of Excellence provides advances for diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of infectious diseases of biodefense and emerging public health importance.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Type
Specialized Center--Cooperative Agreements (U54)
Project #
5U54AI065359-09
Application #
8462527
Study Section
Special Emphasis Panel (ZAI1-DDS-M (J2))
Program Officer
Beanan, Maureen J
Project Start
2005-05-20
Project End
2014-04-30
Budget Start
2013-05-01
Budget End
2014-04-30
Support Year
9
Fiscal Year
2013
Total Cost
$8,653,168
Indirect Cost
$830,007
Name
University of California Irvine
Department
Microbiology/Immun/Virology
Type
Schools of Medicine
DUNS #
046705849
City
Irvine
State
CA
Country
United States
Zip Code
92697
Waggoner, Jesse J; Gresh, Lionel; Mohamed-Hadley, Alisha et al. (2016) Single-Reaction Multiplex Reverse Transcription PCR for Detection of Zika, Chikungunya, and Dengue Viruses. Emerg Infect Dis 22:1295-7
Ziegler, Christopher M; Eisenhauer, Philip; Bruce, Emily A et al. (2016) The Lymphocytic Choriomeningitis Virus Matrix Protein PPXY Late Domain Drives the Production of Defective Interfering Particles. PLoS Pathog 12:e1005501
Barbour, Alan G (2016) Infection resistance and tolerance in Peromyscus spp., natural reservoirs of microbes that are virulent for humans. Semin Cell Dev Biol :
Park, Arnold; Yun, Tatyana; Hill, Terence E et al. (2016) Optimized P2A for reporter gene insertion into Nipah virus results in efficient ribosomal skipping and wild-type lethality. J Gen Virol 97:839-43
Levin, Mattias; King, Jasmine J; Glanville, Jacob et al. (2016) Persistence and evolution of allergen-specific IgE repertoires during subcutaneous specific immunotherapy. J Allergy Clin Immunol 137:1535-44
Chomel, Bruno B; Molia, Sophie; Kasten, Rickie W et al. (2016) Isolation of Bartonella henselae and Two New Bartonella Subspecies, Bartonellakoehlerae Subspecies boulouisii subsp. nov. and Bartonella koehlerae Subspecies bothieri subsp. nov. from Free-Ranging Californian Mountain Lions and Bobcats. PLoS One 11:e0148299
Kern, Aurelie; Zhou, Chensheng W; Jia, Feng et al. (2016) Live-vaccinia virus encapsulation in pH-sensitive polymer increases safety of a reservoir-targeted Lyme disease vaccine by targeting gastrointestinal release. Vaccine 34:4507-13
Zeltina, Antra; Bowden, Thomas A; Lee, Benhur (2016) Emerging Paramyxoviruses: Receptor Tropism and Zoonotic Potential. PLoS Pathog 12:e1005390
Waggoner, Jesse J; Ballesteros, Gabriela; Gresh, Lionel et al. (2016) Clinical evaluation of a single-reaction real-time RT-PCR for pan-dengue and chikungunya virus detection. J Clin Virol 78:57-61
Sanman, Laura E; Qian, Yu; Eisele, Nicholas A et al. (2016) Disruption of glycolytic flux is a signal for inflammasome signaling and pyroptotic cell death. Elife 5:e13663

Showing the most recent 10 out of 434 publications