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…

Vaccines 101: Celebrating Science’s Greatest Superpower

Vaccines 101: Celebrating Science’s Greatest Superpower

With diseases like polio and measles declared eliminated in the U.S. and smallpox eradicated worldwide, it’s hard to believe there was a time when these infections could be easily acquired. Many infections that once caused widespread illness and death are now simply anecdotes of the past, and at the heart of many of these successes are highly effective vaccines.  August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic, there has never…

Mentor and mentee reflect on importance of relationships within the ID community

Mentor and mentee reflect on importance of relationships within the ID community

No matter the stage in a person’s career, one thing remains clear: mentorship can be a critical segue into the field of infectious diseases. That’s why we feel it’s important to pair experienced ID professionals with trainees who are interested in the field of ID through our IDWeek Mentorship Program, which helps foster meaningful relationships for both mentees and mentors.  Mentees benefit by gleaning important insights from leaders in the field, while…

Reaching Underserved Populations through the HIVMA/IDSA Foundation Clinical Fellowship Program

Reaching Underserved Populations through the HIVMA/IDSA Foundation Clinical Fellowship Program

More than 38 million people worldwide were living with HIV in 2019. That same year, the patient demand for HIV care outpaced the number of new specialists entering the field. The need for HIV-trained physicians continues to increase to meet this demand.  With advancements in antiretroviral treatments, individuals living with HIV now have a longer…

IDea Incubator Sponsor Spotlight: How BLUE KNIGHT ™ Helps Early-Stage Ventures Grow

IDea Incubator Sponsor Spotlight: How BLUE KNIGHT ™ Helps Early-Stage Ventures Grow

The IDSA Foundation’s 2021 IDea Incubator in collaboration with Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS (‘JLABS’) offers more than just funding for big ideas in the field of infectious diseases. It provides a platform for sharing your innovation with the ID community and receiving valuable feedback from industry professionals. This year, there’s even more opportunity!…

IDea Incubator

IDea Incubator

A pitch-style  competition,  IDea Incubator encourages innovators and early-stage ventures with original inventions, products and ideas  with the potential to improve  ID  care to share their ideas with the ID community and judges in the business, medicine and technology industries.