The Emory-UGA Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) is one of five national Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) funded by NIH/NIAID.
The goals of the Center are to determine the molecular, ecologic and/or environmental factors that influence the evolution, emergence, transmission and pathogenicity of influenza viruses, including studies on animal influenza viruses with pandemic potential; and to characterize the immune response to influenza vaccination to improve understanding of the immune correlates of protection and cross-protection.
The Center's structure is comprised of basic research projects as well as domestic and foreign animal surveillance. The scope of the Center's focus includes planning for pandemic influenza and sharing data with other scientists in order to promote collaboration and lay the groundwork for new and improved methods of controlling influenza virus. In the event of a public health emergency involving the emergence and spread of an influenza pandemic in humans, the Network of Centers will be on the frontline to implement the NIAID Pandemic Public Health Research Response Plan.