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,…

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…

Grant Opportunity Opens Doors for Unexplored Areas in Alzheimer’s Disease

Grant Opportunity Opens Doors for Unexplored Areas in Alzheimer’s Disease

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than 47 million people worldwide. The effects can be life-changing for both the people who are living with the disease and their loved ones. Although research interest in detecting and treating Alzheimer’s disease has increased, the origins of this complex disease remain a mystery.  Intriguing evidence suggests that Alzheimer’s disease may have a link…

Introducing BLUE KNIGHT™:  IDea Incubator’s Newest Opportunity

Introducing BLUE KNIGHT™: IDea Incubator’s Newest Opportunity

There’s only two weeks left to apply for the IDSA Foundation’s 2021 IDea Incubator in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (‘JLABS’).   The IDea Incubator and JLABS are both focused on encouraging big thinkers to find innovative potential solutions for improving global health through science and technology. This year, there’s an exciting new opportunity!   Up to three IDea Incubator applicants have the chance to…

ID Across Generations: A Father & Son’s Perspective 

ID Across Generations: A Father & Son’s Perspective 

The field of infectious diseases is continually evolving, and our ability to research and treat existing bugs, combat antimicrobial resistance and respond to global pandemics all comes down to dedicated ID and HIV professionals. These researchers and clinicians act as detectives, collaborating across all areas of medicine to investigate emerging diseases and find innovative solutions to deliver the best patient care. This commitment is evidenced by ID specialists like IDSA Foundation supporter Steven Schnittman, MD, and…

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, FIDSA: A Woman of ID

Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, FIDSA: A Woman of ID

An experienced clinician and accomplished researcher, Adaora Adimora, MD, MPH, FIDSA, has spent her career studying the epidemiology of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections in historically marginalized populations across the country. Her work is key to addressing racial disparities in health care, and the IDSA Foundation is proud to honor Dr. Adimora as a 2021 Women of ID honoree.  Former HIVMA Board chair, recipient of the 2020 HIVMA Clinical Educator Award and featured speaker for the Edward H. Kass Lectureship during IDWeek, Dr. Adimora serves as an educator and mentor…

ID specialists or PCPs: Who should manage HIV primary care?

ID specialists or PCPs: Who should manage HIV primary care?

When antiretroviral therapy first arrived in the mid–1990s, people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) required highly specialized care that demanded an awareness of the latest treatment agents, common drug-drug interactions and other HIV-associated complications and infections. This complex care was best handled by infectious diseases specialists, who had the specialty training and knowledge needed to give each patient the best chance at survival.   Today, a typical…

The new reality of PPE training: How VR can improve the field of ID

The new reality of PPE training: How VR can improve the field of ID

Innovation is crucial to helping us solve some of the biggest issues in the field of infectious diseases. That’s why Javeed Siddiqui, MD, MPH, co-founder and chief medical officer of TeleMed2U and long-time supporter of the IDSA Foundation, created the IDea Incubator. The pitch-style competition brings together innovators across all fields and provides an opportunity for them to share their…