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Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS)

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Centers of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance (CEIRS) program is an integrated network of centers designed to bring together multidisciplinary teams of researchers that perform surveillance related research integrated with research on host immune response, viral pathogenesis, and the factors that control the emergence and transmission of influenza viruses.

Main Areas of Focus

  • To provide the information and public health tools needed to control the impact of epidemic influenza and the threat of pandemic influenza
  • To conduct prospective international and/or domestic animal influenza surveillance for the rapid detection and characterization of influenza viruses with pandemic potential
  • To conduct research to enhance understanding of the molecular, ecological, and/or environmental factors that influence pathogenesis, transmission, and evolution of influenza viruses; and characterize the protective immune response


Respiratory Diseases Branch, Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases


Centers are located at various sites in the U.S.

Data Policy

A data release plan for each Center of Excellence is required on a yearly basis.


CEIRS holds several meetings and events per year.

Content last reviewed on November 15, 2017