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Infectious Diseases Newsletter

April 2023

Welcome from Erol Fikrig, MD

Since our last issue, Yale’s Infectious Diseases clinicians, researchers, educators, and staff have been busy supporting various initiatives in the United States and beyond.In this issue, we highlight our work on COVID-19’s effects on the brain; how the learnings from COVID-19 vaccine creation can be utilized for other diseases; and the efforts of many section faculty in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Internally, our faculty have been busy with implementation science work in Kuala Lumpur and HIV prevention in Ukraine.

I hope you enjoy these stories and more. I'd like to hear your news as well. Please contact me, my email address is hyperlinked below.


Erol Fikrig, MD
Waldemar Von Zedtwitz Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), and Professor of Epidemiology (Microbial Diseases), and of Microbial Pathogenesis
Section Chief, Infectious Diseases
Yale Department of Internal Medicine, Yale School of Medicine

Spring 2023

Initiative Tackles Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Within Infectious Diseases

As the summer season of 2020 peaked, amidst a swelling pandemic and the murder of George Floyd, a team of physicians and staff within the Yale Department of Internal Medicine’s Section of Infectious Diseases banded together with university historians and experts from the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning to create a space to address diversity, equity, and anti-racism. Initially spearheaded by Lydia Aoun-Barakat, MD, associate professor of medicine (infectious diseases), and Gerald Friedland, MD, professor emeritus (infectious diseases), the section established the Infectious Diseases Diversity, Equity, and Antiracism (ID2EA) consortium, which aims to address systemic racism, promote diversity, and promote equity within the infectious disease space both at Yale and beyond via interactive learning sessions.

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