Infectious disease

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Infectious diseases remain one of the most important causes of morbidity and mortality around the world. The epidemiology of infectious disease involves studying the risk factors, prevalence, incidence and determinants of infections locally and globally.

Microscope University of Minnesota infectious disease experts implement and evaluate interventions at the individual and community level to prevent primary infection, prevent disease from developing further (secondary prevention) and prevent disease-associated death and disability.

Our researchers also examine sexually transmitted infections including HIV prevention interventions and research on new methods to promote positive sexual health while reducing HIV/STI risk in diverse populations.

A number of our faculty members have research interests and collaborations in the local community and around the globe, reflecting a strong interest in Minnesotan and international health. Researchers are currently conducting collaborative studies in Ethiopia, Kenya and Chile, and developing other collaborative proposals with investigators in India and elsewhere.

Through a project referred to as RESPOND, the U of M is part of a multidisciplinary team that will implement a United States Agency for International Development (USAID) cooperative agreement with funding up to $185 million to improve global response to emerging pandemics.

University of Minnesota infectious disease researchers are in the Center for Global Health and Social Responsibility, Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, and Center for Infectious Diseases and Microbiology Translational Research.

In its short existence, the Center for Immunology his risen to become one of the top immunology research institutions in the world according to Science Watch. Notable achievements include the development of a new treatment for C. difficile infection, new drugs for treating rheumatoid arthritis, a promising new cancer vaccine, and new methods for diagnosing Type I diabetes earlier in the disease process. 

Adjunct faculty members come from the local community as well as from programs across the university, including the Division of Environmental Health Sciences and Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, the Department of Pediatrics, and the Minnesota Department of Health.

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