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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Health, Specifically Named Diseases, Technology

Mission: Our mission is to make transformative scientific advancements that lead to the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases.

Results: Some of our more notable achievements include: discovering RNA editing; identifying agents capable of killing TB; developing a malaria vaccine candidate currently in human clinical trials; sequencing 3 parasite genomes; and creating a revolutionary vaccine candidate for HIV/AIDS. We are proud of our progress. But for the 14 million people who died last year from these diseases, progress was not enough. Just as was the case 40 years ago, there are still no vaccines to prevent or drugs to treat most of these infectious diseases. This is not only tragic; it is unjust.

Geographic areas served: From humble beginnings as a small laboratory in Issaquah, Washington with an initial staff of five, the Center for Infectious Disease Research has become the world's largest center focused solely on infectious disease research.

Programs: Throughout our 40-year history, the work performed at the Center has contributed to numerous breakthroughs advancing the science of vaccine, drug, and diagnostic discovery. Yet challenges still exist in developing effective, accessible, and reliable interventions. Success will require high-impact collaboration, innovative approaches, and cutting-edge technology, all of which are components of systems biology. Our singular focus on infectious diseases and integration of systems biology uniquely positions us as a leader in the fight against these pathogens. Our three tenets help focus our scope - on the people who are affected by, and fighting these diseases; on the cutting edge science developing future interventions; and on the hope derived from our research for the potentiality of global health. Please go to our website, www.cidresearch.org, to learn more about our work and how, with your support, we can create a healthier more hopeful world.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Center is doing phenomenal work that has the potential to save lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

As the only research center totally focused on critical infectious diseases such as Malaria, Tuberculosis, and HIV, the Center for infectious Disease Research deserve our support. Literally 2/3rds of the world is infected with one of these diseases. And, given global warming and travel, TB and Malaria could be coming to the US soon. Dr. Alan Aderem who head up the Center for Infectious Disease Research was born in South Africa, was imprisoned under apartheid, and has a special personal affinity for diseases which are ravaging Africa. You may think that the Center would be totally funded by folks like the Gates Foundation but you would be wrong. It needs your philanthropic support.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Doing critical, fundamental research leading to vaccines for the most lethal infectious diseases: Tuberculosis, HIV and Malaria.

Donor

Rating: 5

I consider myself a champion of social justice, and can't think of a better place to invest my money. As a donor, I know that my contributions to the Center will be used in accordance with my wishes because of the transparency they offer through sites like GuideStar and Charity Navigator

Gail52

Donor

Rating: 5

Global health is important and CID Research is one of the leading organizations championing this cause. As a Seattle local, I am proud to support their critical research that is happening in my own backyard.

Board Member

Rating: 5

There is a huge gap between the need and what private industry can or will do to develop products for underserved markets. CIDR is working to develop new drugs and vaccines to fill that gap and get much needed solutions to global health problems. The scientists and CIDR are world class!!! They deserve not only our respect but our support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Great organization, great cause. In operation for 40 years, you know they’re dedicated and passionate about their mission.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

One of the few large nonprofits working on infectious disease in the world. They are constantly making breakthroughs and that put us closer and closer to eradicating the diseases that plague billions of people.

Annie G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is a long-standing leader in not only the nonprofit sector, but in infectious disease research overall. It is made up by a group of top scientists in their fields and is backed by a strong mission for global health. This is absolutely a nonprofit to support.

Donor

Rating: 5

Infectious diseases are disproportionately represented amongst resource-poor countries. If you're truly concerned about social justice, equality, and global health, this is a great organization to support. They do SO MUCH with their lean staff, really - a sound investment.