Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division

Infectious Disease Sciences

Infectious Disease Sciences (IDS) is a discipline of the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division (VIDD) and focuses on understanding infectious diseases that plague both healthy and immunocompromised people. Our patient care activities and research projects in IDS aims to find and apply novel means of treatment, diagnosis and prevention for infectious diseases that cause significant morbidity and mortality, both in the immunocompromised population of cancer and transplant patients and in people around the world.

In Infectious Disease Sciences, our studies cover a wide variety of infectious diseases including the current areas as follows:

  • Herpes virus infections in the immunocompromised host
  • Herpes virus infections in the healthy host
  • The interactions between herpes simplex virus (HSV) and HIV
  • Fungal infections
  • Cytomegalovirus (CMV)
  • Infection-related cancers
  • Research in HIV infection
  • HIV pathogenesis
  • Epidemiology of infections after stem cell transplantation
  • Hepatitis
  • Development of HSV vaccines
  • And other infectious disease-related research

Infectious Disease Sciences was formed in 1996 as a Program in the Clinical Research Division, and became one of the main disciplines of VIDD its initial formation in 2007. The program is led by Dr. Michael Boeckh, who is a member of the Clinical Research Division and holds a position on the VIDD Executive Committee. He is also a Professor of Medicine within the Division of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine at Univeristy of Washington.

The IDS faculty includes scientists with diverse clinical and research backgrounds, many of whom have joint appointments with UW Medicine and the SCCA. Other members of IDS include associates from a variety of University of Washington departments, including UW Department of Laboratory Medicine, Virology Division and the Department of Medicine, Allergy and Infectious Diseases Division.

The importance of the relationship and synergy with the UW Medicine and the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is exemplified by the Infectious Disease Consult Service and UW Virology.

The Clinical Research Program coordinates and tracks patient recruitment on Infectious Disease Sciences studies. The IRB/Regulatory coordinators coordinate other activities associated with protocol management to assist in improving research objectives.

Infectious Disease Sciences Faculty

Michael J. Boeckh, MD
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Larry Corey, MD
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David N. Fredericks, MD
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Anna Wald, MD, MPH
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Keith Jerome, MD, PhD
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Steven Pergam, MD, MPH
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Joshua Schiffer, MD MSc
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Infectious Disease Sciences Staff Scientists

Martine Aubert
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Sujatha Srinivasan
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Dan Stone
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