The Johns Hopkins University Center for Immunization Research (CIR) was founded in 1985 by Dr. Mary Lou Clements-Mann to facilitate the development of new vaccines for infectious diseases of global importance. The center partners with the US National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense as well as private sector sponsors to conduct phase I and phase II clinical trials for infectious agents like RSV, Dengue, ETEC, Ebola, Zika, Malaria, HMPV, West Nile, Avian Flu, HIV and HPV. CIR faculty and staff have traveled to developing countries in Africa to conduct GCP trainings and continues to travel to countries in South America and Asia to assist other researchers in the proper conduct of clinical vaccine trials. In addition to teaching and mentoring future research leaders at Johns Hopkins University, CIR faculty help to develop local and global vaccine policies by sharing their expertise in vaccine development and by serving on local, national and international committees related to vaccine research and development.
The Center for Immunization Mission with Dr. Ruth Karron