UC Merced postdoctoral scholar Erin Gaab studies families with children diagnosed with valley fever.
California State University, Bakersfield Professor Antje Lauer discusses coccidioides in the soil with a PBS crew.
Fresno Community Regional's Dr. Dominic T. Dizon and Marilyn Mitchell developed a new test for diagnosing valley fever.
UC Merced researchers join multi-campus valley fever research initiative.
The USC Center for Health Journalism continues their investigative series on impact of valley fever.
UC Merced Professor David Ojcius and other researchers study host response and risk of Coccidioides immitis.

Connecting Valley Fever Researchers, Advocates and the Community

The Health Sciences Research Institute is taking a step toward fighting valley fever. Despite evidence that as many as 80 percent of the residents in the San Joaquin Valley are exposed to the fungus that causes valley fever, there is little consensus around patients at highest risk of developing fungal infection, practical measures that can be taken to prevent exposure, treatment or reducing the burden of the disease on the people in the region.

Facilitating Valley Fever Research

As the only health institute in the San Joaquin Valley's only research university, the Health Sciences Research Institute (HSRI) is in a unique position to promote regional approaches to conditions such as valley fever. In February 2013, HSRI began organizing research meetings in Fresno and developing priorities for research and action. The institute also initiated a series of studies and talks aimed at furthering our community's understanding of the condition and the impact on the children and adults in the region. HSRI is developing a series of actionable points around biomedical, clinical, public health and advocacy research.

Go to http://youtu.be/sMnYXSYFZOs for a 90-second video by Health Sciences Research Assistants.