The Section of Infectious Diseases at the Boston University School of Medicine conducts a broad range of clinical and basic research. Infectious diseases research at Boston University has a long and distinguished history, starting with the Maxwell Finland laboratory (Dr. Finland was a “founding father” of the subspecialty of infectious diseases), and now embodied in the Evans Research Foundation, a research institute which functions as an integral part of the Department of Medicine. The Evans Department is dedicated to the integration of clinical research, research training and public education, and it has made numerous major advances in biomedical science. Many of the research programs involve collaborations with basic science departments in the School of Medicine, including the Departments of Biochemistry, Pathology (Mallory Institute), Biomolecular Medicine, and Microbiology, as well as collaborative arrangements with the Center for International Health at the Boston University School of Public Health and other institutions in Boston.
The VA Boston Healthcare System is one of the major research centers in the VA system. In particular, its strong programs in pulmonary, infectious diseases, cardiovascular, renal diseases, and health policy contribute to the Boston VA’s eminence in research.
The Center for International Health faculty consists of a multi-disciplinary team of infectious disease specialists, social scientists, clinicians, health economists, and policy advisors. The Center’s faculty are involved in applied research on HIV, malaria, acute respiratory infections, and interventions to improve child survival. The Center has extensive programs in place in China, Kenya, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, and Zambia.