2016 Year in Review from Ian Lipkin and CII

Season’s Greetings from Ian Lipkin and the Center for Infection & Immunity

“None of this would have been possible without your support”

Doctor Ian Lipkin covered “the greatest hits of 2016” including ME/CFS, tick-borne diseases, SARS, and tilapia in this new video from CII.

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The CII team has now collected thousands of samples from ME/CFS patients and are working to “dissect the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and come up with real solutions for these problems”. As Dr. Lipkin said:
“Another disease we’ve been studying with increased vigor is known as Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. And with the support of the Microbe Discovery Project as well as work that we’ve been able to do under the auspices of the NIH; with your support and the support of these various foundations and generous individuals, we’ve now collected thousands of samples. And we’re eager to begin to work on these so that we can actually dissect the causes of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis and come up with real solutions for these problems.” – Dr. Ian Lipkin
Not sure what Dr. Lipkin and the CII team are working on? The CII team “intends to test the hypothesis that ME/CFS cases and controls have different bacterial, fungal or viral microflora in the oropharynx (mouth and throat regions), lower gastrointestinal tract (gut) and blood in a massive, well-powered study.” This monster study needs a total of $5,000,000 in funding and we’re already working together to get there. Check out more details about the study and learn how you can help.

On this blog, we often focus so much on the great work that CII is doing on ME/CFS that we forget about their other incredible work!

SARS Response

flag-540874_19202016 started off with a trip to Beijing where Dr. Lipkin received a gold medal for the work that CII did responding to SARS back in 2003 and their ongoing public health work in China and the US.

To learn more about the award and their work responding to SARS, check out the announcement from the Mailman School of Public Health.

Zika Virus

mosquito-1332382_1920Later in the year, the CII team was heavily involved in developing diagnostic tests for the Zika virus.

To learn more about CII’s work related to the Zika virus, see the press page from the Mailman School of Public Health with links to over a dozen articles.

Tick-borne Diseases


The CII team has also expanded research into tick-borne diseases. From a Fox News article on the topic:

“Lipkin’s group has collected 5,000 ticks from New York and Connecticut. With funding from the Steven and Alexandra Cohen Foundation, he has so far identified 20 new viruses in these ticks, and is exploring whether they have caused harmful infections in people, using tests that can search for a wide range of tick pathogens in a single sera sample. Eventually, Lipkin said, this process could make the tests affordable on a mass scale.”  – Charles Piller



 And finally, the CII team also worked on agricultural/food security including work on the tilapia lake virus that was causing massive fish kills in Israel and Ecuador. For more on this topic, check out the announcement from the Mailman School of Public Health.

We are here to serve you

Dr. Lipkin closed the video with a personal message, reminding everyone:
“We are your Center for Infection and Immunity and we are here to serve you, the people of the United States, and the people of the world with the best that science has to offer.” – Dr. Ian Lipkin

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