West Nile Virus

This study is one of many supported by the Rocky Mountain Regional Centers for Excellence (RMRCE) for Biodefense and Emerging Infectious Disease Research. The aim of the RMRCE is to provide infrastructure and promote science that will lead the way to new therapies, vaccines and diagnostic tests for a range of dangerous and infectious pathogens, or disease causing microbes.

The Bamshad lab is attempting to find changes in genes that increase or decrease risk for having severe West Nile virus (WNV) disease such as inflammation of the lining of the spinal cord (meningitis), inflammation of the brain (meningitis), and/or muscle weakness or paralysis.