Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI)

Transforming science into global health solutions

IDRI is currently focused on eradicating tuberculosis, leishmaniasis, leprosy, malaria, and Chagas disease. As the global health arena evolves, our commitment to improving human health and our pragmatic focus on products will enable us to continue translating science into global health solutions. Our portfolio of programs comprises diseases that kill more than six million adults and children each year. These diseases have different etiologies, symptoms, global footprints, and challenges. Nevertheless, we have a singular goal for each: to develop products that save lives. We are proud of the significant progress we've made in achieving that goal.

Hurricane Harvey Highlights Need for Vaccines When a natural disaster – like Hurricane Harvey – hits, one of the immediate effects is often flooding. As waters rise, people and animals are in danger and become displaced. With the onslaught of rain during Harvey, contact with water is unavoidable.However, it’s the

IDRI to Continue Development of Inhalable TB Drug Candidate

Tuberculosis sits at the top of the infectious disease list, from the standpoint of killing more people each year than any other single infectious disease; therefore, the need for new drugs is critical. Today, IDRI's Steve Reed signed an agreement, on behalf of the Lilly TB Drug Discovery Initiative, with Hisun to continue development of an inhalable TB drug candidate.

This agreement was signed in Indianapolis as part of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the friendship agreement between the state of Indiana (where Eli Lilly is headquartered) and Zheijiang Province. IDRI's Steve Reed, left, signs TB agreement with Hisun officials as part of

Happy Eclipse 2017! IDRI scientists are enjoying themed snacks and viewing from just outside our front door.

Health security is as important to America’s future as border security

IDRI's Chief Scientific Officer Dan Stinchcomb offers his take on the importance of health security in the US ... and a look at the top threats we might face. There are a number of serious US health-related issues and threats—from the opioid crisis to health care reform—that will require resources and funding.

A World Without Antibiotics | RealClearHealth

What would a world without antibiotics look like? Not great, says Tanya Parish, and we might be heading there if we don't take better care with the antibiotics we have now. Imagine a world without antibiotics. A simple cut or scrape could become life-threatening. Childbirth would be much more dangerous, for both mother and child. We could return to tuberculosis the...

True Detective: Diagnosing the Hard to Detect

Being a disease detective is one of IDRI's many talents. Read how we are applying those skills to the field of malaria. Over the years, IDRI has developed expertise in diagnosing the hard to detect – from leprosy, which was determined based on hard-to-recognize clinical symptoms, to leishmaniasis, which previously utilized painful procedures including aspirating liver or spleen tissue.Malaria also has a somewhat comp...

Innovative tools and approaches to end the transmission of Mycobacterium leprae

Did you know leprosy -- one of the most ancient diseases known to humankind -- still exists in parts of the world? In the latest edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, IDRI's Steve Reed outlines what is needed to end transmission of leprosy and stop this disease. Leprosy control has seen little innovation and only limited progress in the past decade. However, research on the disease has increased and important innovations are underway. Here, we comment on efforts to develop tools and approaches to detect leprosy and to stop the transmission of Mycobacterium…

PhD or No PhD: Two Pathways to Success

Recent college graduates in scientific fields have come to a fork in road: to go the PhD route or not. See what advice IDRI scientists offer. One of the features of IDRI is the variety of jobs and career paths we have – from operations to quality control to formulations to preclinical work to drug hunting. Each performs a vital role in building an organization able to accomplish our scientific goals and meet our mission. Even among the sc...

Mankind vs. Microbes: What Keeps You Up at Night?

Ask global health experts what keeps them up at night related to the threat of infectious diseases. You get some pretty interesting -- and eye-opening -- answers. “I did it to keep you safe.”Lynda Stuart, MD, of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation shared a memory from her childhood in the Caribbean: After being immunized for BCG (the vaccine given in some part of the world to protect against tuberculosis), she

IDRI Expands Leadership with Addition of Chief Medical Officer; New Chief Scientific Officer

IDRI is pleased to announce its new Chief Medical Officer, Corey Casper, who joined us from the Fred Hutch. We also promoted Dan Stinchcomb to the role of Chief Scientific Officer. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Seattle | June 1, 2017 : The Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) announced today that Corey Casper, MD, MPH, has joined IDRI’s executive team as its Chief Medical Officer. Casper comes to IDRI from the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and the University of Washi...

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