December 19, 2016 | Research News
White ibis salmonella shedding increases with urbanization, new UGA study finds
The more urbanized a place is, the more white ibises there are carrying salmonella-the same kind that can make people sick, a new University of Georgia study has found.
December 5, 2016 | Research News
New survey shows only half of people plan to get flu shots this year
Americans are split on getting an annual flu shot, with four out of 10 having done so in the past year and around half saying they had already received or were planning to get the vaccine this year, according to new national survey data analyzed by University of Georgia researchers.
November 1, 2016 | Research News
Study explains factors that influence the timing of infectious disease outbreaks
The delay between the time when a disease outbreak becomes possible and when it actually happens depends chiefly on how frequently infection is introduced to the population and how quickly the number of cases caused by a single individual increases, according to new research from the University of Georgia.
October 19, 2016 | Research News
Neurodevelopmental model of Zika may provide rapid answers
A newly published study from researchers working in collaboration with the Regenerative Bioscience Center at the University of Georgia demonstrates fetal death and brain damage in early chick embryos similar to microcephaly-a rare birth defect linked to the Zika virus, now alarming health experts worldwide.
September 21, 2016 | Research News
Researcher receives $5.2 million to develop affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease
An international team of researchers led by infectious disease experts at the University of Georgia has received $5.2 million from the National Institutes of Health to develop a more accurate, affordable diagnostic test for Chagas disease, a parasitic infection that kills more than 50,000 people each year in Central and South America.
August 30, 2016 | Research News
UGA researchers discover a drug for a tropical disease
Researchers at the University of Georgia are working to find the fastest way possible to treat and cure human African trypanosomiasis, long referred to as sleeping sickness. By working to improve chemical entities already tested in human clinical trials, they hope to have a faster route to field studies to treat the disease using drugs that can be administered orally to patients.
July 21, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists create a framework for predicting new infectious diseases
Ecologists at the University of Georgia are leading a global effort to predict where new infectious diseases are likely to emerge. In a paper published in Ecology Letters, they describe how macroecology—the study of ecological patterns and processes across broad scales of time and space—can provide valuable insights about disease.
July 14, 2016 | Research News
Ecologists identify potential new sources of Ebola and other filoviruses
An international team of ecologists has identified the bat species with the greatest potential to harbor filoviruses-a family that includes Ebola virus. Writing in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases, they suggest that areas where many of these species overlap, notably in Southeast Asia, should be targeted for disease surveillance and virus discovery efforts.
June 15, 2016 | Research News
UGA graduate student receives Schlumberger Fellowship to study tuberculosis transmission
University of Georgia doctoral student María Eugenia Castellanos has been awarded a 2016-2017 Schlumberger Foundation Faculty for the Future Fellowship to fund her research on tuberculosis transmission in Guatemala.
June 8, 2016 | Research News
Sexual transmission of Ebola likely to impact course of outbreaks
Sexual transmission of the Ebola virus could have a major impact on the dynamics of the disease, potentially reigniting an outbreak that has been contained by public health interventions, according to research by University of Georgia ecologists just published in the Royal Society journal Biology Letters.
May 2, 2016 | Research News
Diagnosing mononucleosis: UGA’s Mark Ebell works to expedite proper treatment
The University of Georgia's Mark Ebell wasn't impressed with research on infectious mononucleosis when he wrote his first published review on it back in the 1990s. He still isn't—a subject he discusses in the April issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association.
April 14, 2016 | General News
UGA researchers working on Zika vaccine, can comment on virus
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that the Zika virus causes birth defects. Experts at the University of Georgia are available to comment on: • Their work to develop a Zika vaccine.• When Zika will come to the U.S.• The search for a vaccine and questions and answers about the virus.
March 29, 2016 | Research News
UGA, Sanofi Pasteur develop new vaccine for H1N1 influenza
Researchers at the University of Georgia and Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, announced today the development of a vaccine that protects against multiple strains of both seasonal and pandemic H1N1 influenza in mouse models. They published their findings recently in the Journal of Virology.
February 3, 2016 | Research News
University of Georgia to collaborate with GeoVax on Zika vaccine
The University of Georgia announced today that it has entered into a collaborative research agreement with GeoVax Labs Inc. to develop and test a vaccine to prevent the emerging and virulent Zika virus infection.
January 4, 2016 | Research News
New model uses public health statistics to signal when disease elimination is imminent
Ecologists at the University of Georgia have developed a model showing that public health surveillance data can be used to signal when a disease is approaching eradication. Their research, just published in Theoretical Ecology, lays the groundwork for a potential new tool in the fight against infectious diseases.