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Infectious Diseases & Immunology Research

Infectious diseases continue to impose a tremendous health burden to children in the United States and abroad. Attempts to control these diseases have been hampered by an incomplete understanding of their pathogenesis, as well as the associated disease manifestations and transmission mechanisms.

The Division of Infectious Diseases & Immunology at Connecticut Children’s aims to strengthen and sustain the research capacity of its physicians and, by doing so, contribute to improved prevention, treatment, and control of locally endemic or epidemic infectious diseases including HIV/AIDS.

Our areas of research include:

  • Deer-associated zoonotic infections including Lyme disease, babesiosis and anaplasmosis
  • Periodic fever syndromes
  • Vaccine outcomes
  • Phase I, II and III antiretroviral clinical trials
  • Sexually transmitted infectious diseases, syphilis in particular

In collaboration with the University of Connecticut Health Center, Juan Salazar, MD, and Justin Radolf, MD, continue their highly successful and productive combined translational spirochetal biology research in the Spriochete Research Labs.

Current Research Study – Lyme Disease Vaccine

Lyme Disease is a tick-borne disease caused by getting bit by a tick. If untreated, Lyme Disease may cause problems with the nervous system, heart, and joints.

We are currently conducting a research study to help prevent and test the effectiveness of a Lyme Disease Vaccine.

If you are a heathy child or parent/guardian of a child within the ages of 5-11 years old, you may qualify to participate in the study.

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Connecticut Children’s infectious disease scientific findings have been published in numerous peer reviewed papers and book chapters. Our physicians also present study abstracts at several national and international meetings and conferences each year. Learn more about our physicians’ published research below.


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