MCVD Travel Awards
Monkeypox Virus Infection in Humans across 16 Countries — April–June 2022
The first large detailed description of the worldwide 2022 monkeypox outbreak is published in The New England Journal of Medicine. An international collaborative group of clinicians report 528 infections diagnosed between April 27 and June 24, 2022, at 43 sites in 16 countries. In this case series, monkeypox manifested with a variety of dermatologic and systemic clinical findings. The simultaneous identification of cases outside areas where monkeypox has traditionally been endemic highlights the need for rapid identification and diagnosis of cases to contain further community spread.
Job Posting: Canadian Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Human Immunology
Dr. Andrew Mouland receives an NIH Grant
Congratulations to the MCVD member Dr. Andrew Mouland and his co-investigator Dr. Leslie Parent (Penn State), who recently received a highly prestigious Grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH)/National Institute on Drug Abuse. The investigators received a type R21/R33 grant that supports a two-phased award without a break in funding, beginning with the R21 phase for milestone-driven exploratory or feasibility studies with a possible transition to the R33 phase for expanded development. The grant-supported research is looking to investigate the role of biomolecular condensates in regulating HIV-1 viral ribonucleoprotein complex formation in the setting of substance use disorder. Dr. Mouland and Dr. Parent describe their research proposal as such: “Our ongoing work has characterized many ways in which HIV-1 and emerging viruses co-opt host cell machineries to counteract host cell anti-viral stress responses. This award will help us, in the context of an international collaboration, address key gaps in knowledge on how HIV-1 generates nuclear biomolecular assemblies to its advantage. The work uses sophisticated molecular techniques that will potentially lead to novel therapeutics and information on how to cure HIV-1. “
We are very proud to have such distinguished members in our organization and wish Dr. Mouland and Dr. Parent the best of luck in their exciting research endeavor!