Press Releases

October 23, 2018
Breakthrough Test Screens for All Known Bacterial Infections
Precision Medicine platform developed at CII is 1,000x more sensitive than conventional screening methods and can detect signs of antibiotic resistance

August 27, 2018
Ebola Species Found in Bats Ahead of Any Potential Outbreak
Discovery illustrates PREDICT Project's goal to find viruses before they spillover into people


August 22, 2018
Unexplained Illness in Tanzania Puts Pathogen Discovery to the Test
Scientists were able to detect the near-complete genome of HIV-1 from a patient blood sample


August 10, 2018
Precision Public Health: IDs of Respiratory Diseases in Uganda
Utilizing a sophisticated genetic sequencing technique to identify pathogens/patterns of unknown respiratory illnesses

July 24, 2018
Scientists Discover New Ebolavirus in Bats in Sierra Leone
Currently no evidence of human infection or spillover


July 13, 2018
Dr. W. Ian Lipkin at the Beijing Center
Lecture: The Virus in the Globalized World


July 9, 2018
Insights from Metabolites Get Us Closer to a Test for CFS
Center for Infection and Immunity researchers combined data from the metabolome and microbiome to predict who had disease with 84% certainty

June 27, 2018
NIH Director Francis Collins Highlights Breakthrough Tick Test
Writing on his NIH Director’s Blog, Francis Collins, MD, highlights a breakthrough test for tick-borne diseases developed by CII researchers


May 3, 2018
What Gorilla Poop Tells Us About Evolution and Human Health
Researchers find the microbiomes of wild gorillas shift seasonally when once a year they switch from eating fibrous leaves to eating fruit


April 17, 2018
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Discovered in NYC House Mice
A study of mice collected from apartment buildings reveals they carry several disease-causing pathogens, some of which may be resistant to treatments

March 6, 2018
New Test Extends Window for Accurate Detection of Zika
The test improves on existing options, providing an accurate and cost-effective means to determine whether a patient was infected, days or months after exposure

February 16, 2018
First Multiplex Test for Tick-Borne Diseases
Promising to revolutionize diagnosis, a single blood test can now accurately detect if someone has Lyme Disease and/or one of seven other tick-borne diseases

September 27, 2017
NIH Awards $9.6M to Columbia-Led CFS Research Center
Researchers' translational projects will yield insights into a disease affecting up to 2.5 million Americans


August 14, 2017
FDA Approves Emergency Use for Multiplex Zika Test
Unique test identifies Zika and 3 other mosquito-borne viruses, will be used in NIH study

June 21, 2017
Could Flu During Pregnancy Raise Risk for Autism?
CII researchers find mixed evidence on the link between maternal influenza during pregnancy and risk offspring will develop autism

June 16, 2017
The CII Goes Tick Hunting
Tokarz takes Vice News on a tick-hunting expedition to investigate a potentially deadly disease in the Eastern US

June 13, 2017
Autism Risk Linked to Fever During Pregnancy
Prenatal exposure to maternal fever during the 2nd trimester raises odds of autism spectrum disorder by 40%

June 12, 2017
Bats Are the Major Reservoir of Coronaviruses Worldwide
Results of a five-year study in 20 countries show bats harbor a large diversity of coronaviruses

April 26, 2017
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Linked to Imalanced Microbiome
Scientists identify abnormal levels of specific gut bacteria in ME/CFS patients, including those with and without co-morbid IBS

April 20, 2017
Details on the Rise of a Tick-Borne Disease on Long Island
New lab test identifies increased prevalence of a tick-borne pathogen responsible for spike in babesiosis cases in Suffolk County


April 4, 2017
CII Reports 1st Biological Evidence of "Atypical" ME/CFS
Defining subgroups may help clinicians identify and treat the complex, debilitating disease

April 4, 2017
MERS like Coronavirus Identified in Ugandan Bat
New virus not likely to spread to humans


February 22, 2017
Autism Risk Linked to Herpes Infection During Pregnancy
Women with signs of active genital herpes had twice the odds of giving birth to offspring with autism spectrum disorder

April 5, 2016
Virus Behind Tilapia Die-Offs in 2 Continents
Discovery points the way to protecting a fish that feeds multitudes


April 3, 2016
Ian Lipkin Debunks Anti-Vax Documentary in Wall Street Journal
Lipkin worked behind the scenes to persuade Tribeca Film Festival organizers not to provide a platform for misinformation

February 16, 2016
CII Received Grant from Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to Study Tick-Borne Diseases
The grant will support research into known and as-yet-to-be-discovered tick-borne bacteria and viruses

January 8, 2016
Ian Lipkin Receives Top Science Honor in China
President Xi Jinping presided over the ceremony acknowledging Dr. Lipkin's outstanding contributions to scientific advancement in China


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