Preparing for Infectious Disease Outbreak

Area of Research


For 20 years, HJFMRI has been a global leader in international medical research programs related to infectious disease. Our team leverages its existing global infrastructure to fulfill requirements to better understand, treat and prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases and to respond rapidly to emerging infectious diseases outbreaks that threaten global public health.


Viral, parasitic, and bacterial pathogens that had rarely or never been detected in humans previously—including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), Ebola, avian influenza viruses, Marburg, and others—have increasingly been discovered as human pathogens. In 2014, weak surveillance systems, poor public health infrastructure and countries’ inability to respond quickly contributed to the difficulty in containing the spread of the Ebola Disease Virus outbreak in West Africa.


HJFMRI conducts bench science, surveillance and testing of infectious disease medical countermeasures and diagnostics. We maintain surveillance infrastructure including diagnostic laboratories, sentinel sites and highly trained and motivated staff to support surveillance activities. Additionally, HJFMRI and its partners procure, transport, and distribute research project specific supplies, substances, medicine and equipment and maintain accountability for durable equipment. We maintain collaborative relationships with reach back laboratories for effective surveillance.