Nutrition and Infection Unit

The Nutrition/Infection Unit, a division of the Department of Public Health and Community Medicine at Tufts University School of Medicine under the direction of Christine Wanke, MD, is engaged in research in nutrition and infectious diseases in the U.S. and around the world in locations such as India, Kenya, Namibia, Ghana, Pakistan, and Vietnam.

Our research addresses nutritional and metabolic aspects of infectious diseases; much of our work is related to HIV/AIDS, but we also work on other international health issues such as diarrheal disease, tuberculosis and growth faltering. Work with probiotics is also featured in the unit. Currently a number of studies examining the role of intestinal microbiota in a variety of infectious diseases are underway. Learn more about our research.

The Nutrition/Infection Unit is home to one of the cores of the Tufts Lifespan Brown Center for AIDS Research (CFAR) which is the only CFAR to have a Nutrition focused core. The unit is also home to the TNC-CDAAR, the Tufts University Nutrition Collaborative-Center for Drug Abuse and AIDS Research. TNC represents a partnership between Tufts, Brown and Johns Hopkins, and their affiliated hospitals. The purpose of a CDAAR is to “enhance basic, clinical, epidemiological, prevention, and applied research on drug abuse and HIV infection through the support of shared resources.” Learn more about TNC-CDAAR.

Additionally, the NIU  has a laboratory which houses a repository of over 100,000 samples from studies, conducts studies on diarrhea, lactobacilli strains, and antimicrobial drugs, performs fatty acid analyses, lipid research, and hormone studies.

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