Vaccine and Infectious Disease Division
Nearly one-quarter of cancers worldwide are caused by infectious diseases. Pathogens, such as Human Herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8) and Epstein Barr Virus (EBV), have been identified as contributing factors in lymphoma, sarcoma, liver cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer and stomach cancer. Researchers hope to answer a number of key questions: How are cancer-causing infections transmitted and acquired? What factors govern the progression from chronic infection to cancer? Which therapies can be employed to prevent infection-related cancers? VIDD has recently fostered a pioneering collaboration with the Uganda Cancer Institute, the only cancer care facility in Uganda, to delineate and establish efficacious treatment options.