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Laxminarayan elected AAAS Fellow for studying, cautioning against antibiotic resistance

November 24, 2020

Ramanan Laxminarayan, senior research scholar in the High Meadows Environmental Institute (HMEI), was among six Princeton University researchers to be named 2020 fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in recognition of their scientifically or socially…

Large, delayed outbreaks of endemic diseases possible following COVID-19 controls

November 9, 2020

Measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as mask wearing and social distancing are a key tool in combatting the impact of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. These actions also have greatly reduced incidence of many…

Largest COVID-19 contact-tracing study to date finds children key to spread, evidence of superspreaders

September 30, 2020 ・ Morgan Kelly

A study of more than a half-million people in India who were exposed to the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 suggests that the virus’ continued spread is driven by only a small percentage of those who become infected. Furthermore, children and young…

Climate change could make RSV respiratory infection outbreaks less severe, more common

December 16, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

One of the first studies to examine the effect of climate change on diseases such as influenza that are transmitted directly from person to person has found that higher temperatures and increased rainfall could make outbreaks less severe but more…

surgeon and interns working on a surgery

Government subsidies could be key to containing hospital-born infections

April 3, 2019 ・ Morgan Kelly

Health care-associated infections — illnesses that people contract while being treated in a hospital or other health care facility — sicken millions of people each year and cost billions of dollars in additional treatment. While there has been some improvement…

Urban Population, Transportation Patterns Affect How Flu Epidemics Play Out

October 8, 2018 ・ Morgan Kelly

The more people a city has and the more organized its residents’ movement patterns, the longer its flu season is apt to last, new research co-authored by Princeton University researchers shows. Published in the journal Science, the findings are an important step toward predicting…

As antibiotics fail, global consumption of antibiotics skyrockets, further driving drug resistance

March 26, 2018

Despite the threat of a global health crisis in antibiotic resistance, worldwide use of antibiotics soared 39 percent between 2000 and 2015.

Competing for blood: How ecologists are solving infectious disease mysteries

February 12, 2018 ・ Liz Fuller-Wright

Princeton ecologists found that co-infections of malaria and hookworm center on fights over a shared resource: red blood cells.

Undergrads exhibit semester research for “Disease Ecology, Economics and Policy”

December 19, 2017

Students in the course “Disease Ecology, Economics and Policy” gathered in the Guyot Atrium Dec. 14 to present their semester research projects on the emergence and spread of disease.