Dr. Talaat Gives Influenza Presentation at CIR Lunch and Learn

CIR Team MVAC Principal Investigator Dr. Kawsar Talaat gives an informative presentation on influenza in CIR’s second installment of our Lunch and Learn sessions on Thursday.  The Lunch and Learn sessions are designed to share information about infectious diseases of interest across CIR study teams.   The MVAC (mucosal vaccine and challenge) team conducts investigational vaccine […]

For the first time in decades, vaccines are having a moment. Will it last?

Dr. Ruth Karron discusses the new-found respect for vaccines and the role they play in maintaining public health.  As we emerge from the pandemic, will the rush to vaccinate for other infectious diseases remain? Read more…


Celebrating Ruth Karron as CIR Director

Ruth Karron, M.D. is a Professor of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is a pediatric infectious diseases physician, virologist, and vaccinologist. Dr. Karron has substantial experience in the evaluation of respiratory virus vaccines in adults and children and leads Team RSVPed, the pediatric vaccine studies team at the […]


CIR Congratulates Drs. Ruth Karron and Anna Durbin at the CIR Directors Celebration

For the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, all teams from the Center for Immunization Research gathered together to celebrate 2 milestones: Dr. Anna Durbin’s appointment to CIR director and Dr. Ruth Karron’s 14-year tenure as the center’s director. To commemorate the passing of the torch, CIR members congregated on the Hampton […]


Dr. Anna Durbin Appointed CIR Director

Dr. Anna Durbin has been appointed director of the Center for Immunization Research.  Dr. Durbin, a principal investigator at the CIR since 1999, began her term as the Center’s newest director on September 1, 2021.  Previous Director Dr. Ruth Karron stepped down to pursue other career interests, and continues to lead the RSVPed Team team […]


CDC Recommends COVID-19 Vaccinations for Pregnant People

In a media statement released August 12, 2021: “CDC encourages all pregnant people or people who are thinking about becoming pregnant and those breastfeeding to get vaccinated to protect themselves from COVID-19,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “The vaccines are safe and effective, and it has never been more urgent to increase vaccinations as […]


Global Policies on COVID-19 Vaccination in Pregnancy Vary Widely by Country According to New Online Tracker

Johns Hopkins Project Provides Worldwide Snapshot of Policies Influencing Access to COVID-19 Vaccines for Pregnant and Lactating People Although pregnant people are at elevated risk of severe COVID-19 disease and death, countries around the world vary widely in their policies on COVID vaccination in pregnancy, with 41 countries recommending against it. Ninety-one countries have policies […]

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