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Chronic Viral Diseases Branch (CVDB) Mission Statement

To control and prevent chronic neoplastic of viral infections as well as chronic fatiguing illnesses of unknown etiology (such as chronic fatigue syndrome) through excellence in the design and execution of population-based epidemiology and laboratory studies addressing the totality of these problems with the best methods from multiple disciplines.

Specifically, CVDB:

  1. Conducts surveillance and hypothesis-driven clinical studies of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS);
  2. Develops novel genomic and proteomic laboratory assays to be used in studies of CFS;
  3. Develops bioinformatics techniques to elucidate the pathophysiology of CFS and similar medically unexplained illnesses;
  4. Develops, executes, and evaluates medical and public education programs to decrease morbidity associated with CFS;
  5. Conducts laboratory-based epidemiologic studies of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection and cervical cancer to enable effective control and prevention;
  6. Conducts research concerning human immune responses to HPV, CFS, and other related unexplained or chronic illnesses;
  7. Develops, evaluates, and improves reagents/methods for rapid diagnosis of HPV, CFS, and other related unexplained or chronic illnesses;
  8. Provides epidemiology, molecular biology, bioinformatics, diagnostic serology/virology, and immunology consultation and collaboration to national and international organizations concerning control and prevention of CFS, cervical cancer, and related chronic or medically unexplained illnesses; and
  9. Provides expert assistance and consultation to national and international investigators and organizations regarding sequelae of viral infections