Publication

The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 in Europe and North America

Accurate understanding of the global spread of emerging viruses is critically important for public health responses and for anticipating and preventing future outbreaks. In a recent study published in Science, CViSB investigators and colleagues investigate when, where, and how the earliest sustained SARS-CoV-2 transmission networks became established in Europe and North America. The results suggest that rapid early interventions successfully…
Michelle McGraw
September 11, 2020
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NIAID funds new partner center

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the urgent need to protect the world from microbial threats, whenever and wherever they emerge. With a new $8.9 million grant, several CViSB investigators are partnering with peers in the United States and West Africa, a region of the world where infectious diseases are a high burden on public health. Together, we will seek…
Kristian Andersen
August 27, 2020
News

New central resource for global COVID-19 research

CViSB is proud to share Outbreak.info, developed by the Su, Andersen, and Wu labs at Scripps Research with input and investment from the CViSB team.  Outbreak.info is a site that goes beyond compiling the latest reported COVID-19 cases. It seeks to provide:  Meaningful analyses that are easily decipherable by the general public  Improve data visualization Centrally house all things COVID-19…
Michelle McGraw
August 27, 2020
AwardsNews

CViSB receives new award to analyze the spread and evolution of novel coronavirus

A $1.3 million dollar grant supplement awarded to CViSB will fund a new collaboration with Lauren Gardner, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University to analyze the spread and evolution of SARS-CoV-2.  CViSB's renowned data scientists will design the computational models and visualization software necessary to combine layers of data into one larger picture to explore and understand SARS-CoV-2 transmission and possible…
Michelle McGraw
June 11, 2020
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The history of measles

Many infectious diseases are thought to have emerged in humans after the Neolithic revolution. While it is broadly accepted that this also applies to measles, the exact date of emergence for this disease is controversial. In a recent study from CViSB investigators and colleagues, the genome of a 1912 measles virus was sequenced from a formalin-preserved lung, representing the oldest…
Kristian Andersen
January 11, 2020
Workshop

Systems Biology Workshop

We are pleased to announce the 2nd annual CViSB Systems Biology workshop February 24-26, 2020 in La Jolla, CA. This two-and-a-half day workshop will emphasize computational systems biology approaches to improved understanding of host response to viral infection, across a spectrum of methods and applications.  Among topics discussed in the presentations will be included: evolution of virus and host immune…
Michelle McGraw
December 17, 2019
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Zika surveillance study in Cell

A new CViSB study investigating smoldering 'hidden' outbreaks of Zika in the Americas was published on the cover of Cell. In this paper we used travel surveillance and genomic epidemiology to answer a simple question - "in 2017, was the epidemic over?". The short answer, is no - read the rest of the study for the long answer. The Zika…
Kristian Andersen
August 24, 2019
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CViSB Year in Review

The first year of CViSB has been a busy one. Receiving the NIH grant in February, 2018 prompted the onboarding of new scientists, research trips to West Africa, and a myriad of planning and coordination meetings. Samples from over 250 Lassa and Ebola patients were collected during trips to Kenema Government Hospital (KGH). The samples will be used to generate…
Kristian Andersen
May 21, 2019
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Simbirie Jalloh wins 2019 African Achievers Award

Congratulations to our KGH Program Manager Ms. Simbirie Jalloh who recently received the 2019 African Achievers Award for excellence in humanitarian service. She has worked for the Lassa fever project at Kenema Government Hospital since 2008 and was honored for her contributions towards disease prevention and control in Sierra Leone. Ms. Jalloh received the award from Deputy Minister of Information,…
Kristian Andersen
May 21, 2019
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Can humans produce a quintillion antibodies?

An analysis by CViSB scientists at Scripps Research of billions of distinct antibody-producing immune cells sampled from human volunteers indicates that the human antibody “repertoire” is far larger than was once thought. The finding, reported online on January 21 in Nature, suggests that humans may be capable of producing as many as 10^18, or one quintillion, distinct antibodies. The study…
Kristian Andersen
January 24, 2019