Biorepository: Vaccine and Infectious Disease

COVID-19, vaccines and more

What Is the Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Biorepository?

The Vaccine and Infectious Diseases Biorepository is a confidential list of people who are willing to participate in a vaccine study, have had a virus, or who have lived in a dengue virus risk area. This biorepository played a key role in much of BRI’s COVID-19 research, helping scientists answer key questions about the virus at the height of the pandemic.

Our team uses donated samples and personal and family health information to better understand the causes and long-term health effects of infectious diseases, as well as how to improve vaccines and disease prevention. All information is kept confidential, and samples and health information are coded with numbers, not names.

Participate in Vaccine and Infectious Disease Research

We are currently looking for adults, age 18 and older, who do not have a history of immune-mediated disease and who:

  • Had or currently have a viral infection.
  • Are planning on getting a vaccine or have already received one.
  • Have lived in a dengue virus risk area for 10 or more years, such as India, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka or Singapore, among others.

We are currently leading studies on the following:

Vaccine studies Virus infection studies Other infectious disease studies
  • Yellow fever vaccine
  • Japanese encephalitis vaccine
  • Influenza (flu) vaccine
  • H1N1 vaccine
  • Seasonal flu and H1N1 combination vaccine
  • West Nile virus
  • Dengue virus
  • Influenza A
  • Rhinovirus
  • Aspergillosis
  • Clostridium difficile (C. diff.)
  • Others

We are also looking for people of all ages who do not have an immune-mediated or autoimmune disease to join our Healthy Volunteer Biorepository.

Learn more about infectious diseases

Join the vaccine and infectious disease biorepository

Consider donating to our biorepository to help advance research.
Uma Malhotra
Affiliate Investigator

Uma Malhotra, MD

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What Infectious Disease Research Is BRI Conducting?

  • Better understanding how the immune system responds to bacterial, fungal and viral infections
  • Exploring and improving diagnostics, treatment and prevention of many infections including influenza (flu), dengue fever, yellow fever, Japanese encephalitis, West Nile virus, aspergillosis and many other infectious diseases.
  • Exploring how to better tailor COVID-19 treatments and prevention to different populations
  • Understanding if and how viruses trigger autoimmune diseases

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