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Lurie Children's Hospital: Improving Awareness and the Timely Diagnosis of cCMV in Illinois

Our goal is to be able to provide a rapid diagnosis for those newborns who fail their hearing screens in the newborn nursery, when the hearing loss is attributable to infection with CMV during pregnancy.  Recent research has revealed treatment options for those newborns found to have hearing loss from congenital CMV, to optimize hearing outcomes and neurodevelopment. 

Flushing Hospital: Raising Congenital CMV Awareness

Congratulations to the Flushing Hospital Medical Center team, led by Dr. Shirley Pinero-Bernardo, on being one of our selected recipients for the 2019 Public Health Awareness Mini Grant!

Early Career Research Award Recipient: Dr. Talavera

Dr. Maria Talavera is one of our 2019 early career CMV research award recipients! Congratulations Dr. Talavera! Learn more about her project here.

Early Career Research Award Recipient: Dr. Pinninti

Dr. Swetha Pinninti from the University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of our 2019 early career CMV research award recipients! Congratulations Dr. Pinninti! Learn more about her project here.

Top 5 Takeaways from CMV 2019

Before we dive into the key discussion points – one underlying theme was ever-present from our perspective – it was and continues to be deeply moving to see how many global professionals are devoting their lives to advancing congenital CMV research. Please know that we see you. And we appreciate you.

2018 Early Career Research Award Recipient

The National CMV Foundation’s mission includes supporting relevant, timely and innovative research that will assist the foundation in meeting its goals to eliminate the harmful effects of maternal and congenital cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection.

The CDC Releases New CMV Materials

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released two new resources for health care professionals about congenital CMV in June 2017, National CMV Awareness Month. The information sheets, produced and published by the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), provide much needed information for healthcare providers who work with two distinct populations affected by congenital CMV—pregnant women and their newborns. 

​Key Observations from the 2017 International CMV Conference

Approximately 300 of the world’s leading experts in CMV-related research came together in the Netherlands on April 30th for the 6th International CMV Conference (16th International CMV/betaherpesvirus Workshop). This event aims to connect basic science and clinical expertise research to prevent and cure CMV diseases. Several trusted advisors to the National CMV Foundation and members of our Research Priorities Committee attended and presented on current studies and recent findings. 

​National CMV Foundation Sponsors $45,000 CMV Research Award

The National CMV Foundation is excited to announce that it made its first research award in May 2017. Through the Pediatric Infectious Disease Society (PIDS), the foundation awarded a two-year, $45,000 fellowship award to Frances Saccoccio, MD, PhD. Dr. Saccoccio is a 2nd year pediatric infectious disease fellow at Duke University. She is a graduate of Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicines’ combined MD/PhD Program and her dissertation and other research work has focused on congenital CMV vaccines. 

Important information about CMV for OB/GYNs

​There is a prominent health threat in our nation that is slipping under the radar: CMV. With the help of OB/GYNs, we can raise awareness and empower pregnant women, protecting their babies through simple prevention methods and giving them options for treatment if they do contract this virus.