COVID-19 stories from the front lines: The grueling pace of public health in a pandemic

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: The grueling pace of public health in a pandemic

COVID-19 first arrived on U.S. shores in January 2020 with the return of a Snohomish County, Washington, man who had traveled to Wuhan, China, and unwittingly brought back the deadly souvenir. Within weeks, the Seattle region had become the epicenter of the first COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S., and Jeffery Duchin, MD, FIDSA, had the…

IDSA Foundation Honors Hispanic Heritage Month with Dedication of Hispanics in ID Executive Conference Room

IDSA Foundation Honors Hispanic Heritage Month with Dedication of Hispanics in ID Executive Conference Room

The Infectious Diseases Society of America Foundation recently announced the dedication of its new Hispanics in ID Executive Conference Room at its offices in Arlington, Virginia.  The dedication will serve to celebrate and recognize the achievements of current and former Hispanic trailblazers while raising critical funds to support the next generation of Hispanics in the…

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Shining a light on health equity and mental health

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Shining a light on health equity and mental health

In April 2020, Virginia Banks, MD, MBA, FIDSA, was giving a talk on COVID-19 to the National Association of Black Journalists chapter in Cleveland, Ohio, when a question stopped her in her tracks: “Are you aware of the disparities in COVID-19 cases among African American and Latino populations?” they asked.   An infectious diseases specialist in Youngstown, Ohio,…

IDea Incubator Sponsor Spotlight: How BLUE KNIGHT™ Supports This Relationship-based Take on Health Equity  

IDea Incubator Sponsor Spotlight: How BLUE KNIGHT™ Supports This Relationship-based Take on Health Equity  

The IDSA Foundation in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (‘JLABS’) awarded $17,500 to this year’s three IDea Incubator finalists. As in previous years, finalists presented their ideas to the ID community, received feedback from industry peers and won funding to help advance their stand-out innovations.  New to the Foundation’s IDea Incubator competition this year – thanks to the Foundation’s collaboration with JLABS –…

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Lessons learned from HIV and a diagnosis of COVID-19

COVID-19 stories from the front lines: Lessons learned from HIV and a diagnosis of COVID-19

The first role infectious diseases specialist Michael Saag, MD, FIDSA, played in the COVID-19 pandemic was that of a patient.   He had just arrived home in Alabama after a 20-hour car ride from New York City with his son, Harry, on March 12, 2020, when Harry spiked a fever. Within days, Dr. Saag also developed symptoms, and he and Harry both tested positive…

Molecular Imaging of Bacterial Infections Awarded Grand Prize at 2021 IDea Incubator Competition to Support Innovation for Improving Infectious Diseases Care

Molecular Imaging of Bacterial Infections Awarded Grand Prize at 2021 IDea Incubator Competition to Support Innovation for Improving Infectious Diseases Care

Three finalists presented their potential innovations during IDWeek 2021  Arlington, VA – Sept. 29, 2021 – The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) Foundation, in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (‘JLABS’), recently awarded more than $17,000 in funding through the 2021 IDea Incubator competition to three finalists for their promising innovations aimed at advancing the field of infectious diseases.  Sanjay Jain, MD, Filipa Mota, PhD, and Alvaro Ordonez, MD, of Johns Hopkins University took home the top grant of $10,000 for their innovation Molecular Imaging of Bacterial Infections. The…

Celebrate ‘The Rise of the ID Hero’: New annual report underscores critical role of ID specialists

Celebrate ‘The Rise of the ID Hero’: New annual report underscores critical role of ID specialists

The COVID-19 pandemic may have put a spotlight on the pervasiveness of infectious diseases, but it also brought into sharp focus the resilience of ID specialists and the critical role they play in reducing the burdens of diseases that affect us all.  As we celebrate the IDSA Foundation’s 20th anniversary this year, we celebrate not…

A Message from Executive Director Stephen Peeler, CFRE: Thank you for helping us reach our Summer Match!

A Message from Executive Director Stephen Peeler, CFRE: Thank you for helping us reach our Summer Match!

The IDSA Foundation’s Summer of Science campaign has come to a close, and I’d like to thank each of you for your unwavering support. In 2020, we raised nearly $20,000 toward our match. This year, we wanted to double that number, and thanks to your support, we exceeded our goal!  Together we raised $50,000 to support life-saving research, fund the ID…