Due to the ever-present threat of an influenza pandemic, NIAID established the Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) network to continue and expand animal influenza surveillance program internationally and domestically, as well as to focus on several high-priority areas in influenza research. Understanding how influenza strains emerge, evolve, and infect animals and humans is a crucial step in controlling both seasonal and pandemic influenza virus infections, and the CEIRS network provides researchers with the information they need to achieve this. Since its establishment in 2007, the CEIRS network has helped provide the information and public health tools needed to control the impact of epidemic influenza and the threat of pandemic influenza.
New infographics from CEIRS help to visualize the program history and accomplishments, including collaborative research; sampling across many host species, geographical locations, and environments; publication history; data flow to the broader research community; and research tools and capacity building. Check out these visual displays on About CEIRS.
For more information about the network, visit the CEIRS network page.