The Food and Waterborne Diseases Integrated Research Network (FWD IRN) facilitates the integration of research programs to develop products to rapidly identify, prevent, treat, and diagnose food and waterborne diseases that threaten public health.

The FWD IRN addresses priority research and product development needs for food and waterborne pathogens and includes capability to: develop and evaluate vaccines, therapeutics, and rapid detection methods; integrate human mucosal immunity with clinical research; and define the ecology and microbiology of food and waterborne zoonoses as well as drug-resistant pathogens. The FWD IRN has developed an emergency response capability to assist in the event of a public health threat.

For a description of the role of Project Leaders under the FWD IRN contract, click here.

For links to NIAID resources and other websites that may be of interest, click here.

For a list of published manuscripts and abstracts within the FWD IRN, click here.

The FWD IRN is supported by the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (DMID), a division of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), and is comprised of the following Research Units and the Coordinating and Biostatistics Center (CoBC):

Clinical Research Unit
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Carol Tacket, MD, Principal Investigator

Immunology Research Unit
University of Maryland, Baltimore, MD
Marcelo Sztein, MD, Principal Investigator

Microbiology Research Unit
Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Linda Mansfield, PhD, Principal Investigator

Microbiology and Botulism Research Unit
Tufts University, North Grafton, MA
Saul Tzipori, DVM, PhD, DSc, FRCVS, Principal Investigator

Zoonoses Research Unit
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
Yrjö T. Gröhn, DVM, PhD, Principal Investigator

Zoonoses Research Unit
Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Thomas E. Besser, DVM, PhD, Principal Investigator

Coordinating and Biostatistics Center
The EMMES Corporation, Rockville, MD
Donald Stablein, PhD, Principal Investigator (CoBC)

The Coordinating and Biostatistics Center is supported by contract N01-AI-30051.

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