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On Oct. 20-21 at Hanes House, Duke Department of Medicine celebrated the Division of Infectious Disease’s 40th anniversary in a symposium that reviewed Duke Infectious Diseases’ infancy, years of research, and the division’s contributors over the years. The division was established in 1977 with David Durack, MD, MBBS as the first division chief for Infectious Diseases.

John Perfect, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, was the 2016 Featured Lecturer at ID Week 2016.

Dr. John Perfect estimates a million cases of cryptococcal disease per year, with 600,000 deaths, most of them in sub-Saharan Africa where AIDS causes widespread immunosuppression. People can develop respiratory symptoms, like pneumonia; if the pathogen crosses the blood-brain barrier, the infection progresses to terrible, long-lasting headaches and sometimes fever. There can even be other neurological signs; cryptococcus can actually cause dementia. The problem is, even though we understand that Cryptococcal disease occurs in the immunosuppressed, we don’t know quite how the fungus sneaks through the blood-brain barrier.

A study led by John Perfect, MD, chief of the Division of Infectious Disease

John Perfect, MD, professor of medicine and chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases, received notification today from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of a program project award (P01) for his proposal entitled “Transdisciplinary Program to Identify Novel Antifungal Targets and Inhibitors."  This award, effective 6/25/15, will last five years and, with its cores, total $9,277,000.

John Perfect, MD, professor of medicine and chair of the Division of Infectious Diseases, is being honored by two organizations for his scientific contributions  to the field of mycology. 

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