We serve as a hub with the VTEUs and NIAID to integrate, facilitate and build IDCRC research priorities and processes. The goal of the IDCRC is to support the planning and implementation of infectious diseases clinical research that efficiently addresses the scientific priorities of NIAID. We foster collaborative team science with NIAID, the VTEUs and other partners to best address the NIAID infectious diseases priorities.


Key Functions

  • review and prioritize innovative concepts,
  • enhance integration and efficiency in operations (e.g. single-IRB system, master contracting agreements, evidence-based strategies to recruit and engage patients, “LEAN” processes),
  • increase collaborations (e.g. novel product development partnerships),
  • plan and facilitate protocol implementation,
  • promote the integration of special and underserved populations in IDCRC research across the human lifespan,
  • engage the next generation of scientists in infectious disease research,
  • evaluate ongoing studies, and
  • help assure the capacity of the IDCRC to respond rapidly to newly emerging infectious disease threats.

A key activity is working collaboratively and coordinating with NIAID. There are strong liaisons at all levels to facilitate strategic priority setting, work with NIAID contractors and other important interfaces.

IDCRC Inaugural Meeting

January 21, 2020, Rockville, MD

With presentations from members of the NIAID, the Infectious Diseases Clinical Research Consortium (IDCRC) Leadership Group, and VTEU PIs, the inaugural meeting of the IDCRC began with opening remarks from Anthony Fauci, MD, NIAID director. Session topics featured details on working with the NIAID, the Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, and grants management. Breakout sessions facilitated thoughtful discuss on the consortium's scientific agenda, flu, STIs, malaria, enteric, and emerging diseases, mentoring and career development, special populations, emerging lab sciences, and operations.

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