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08 Center for Infectious Disease Research

The Center for Infectious Disease Research is leading basic and applied research to understand the infectious agents and to prevent and treat infectious diseases for responding to the public health emergencies related infectious diseases at the national level.

The Center for Infectious Disease Research is dedicated to better understand pathogenesis of infectious agents, to investigate the biological characteristics of pathogens, to treat and prevent infectious diseases by conducting researches and shaping national research agenda on viral, bacterial and emerging & vector-borne diseases, antimicrobial resistance, vaccines and pathogen resource bank.


Control tower leading national research on infectious diseases


Ensure core research skills and capabilities needed to overcome infectious diseases

  • Carrying out core researches for the imported infectious diseases
  • Scientific evidence for the management of acute and chronic infectious diseases
  • Securing technology and infrastructure for vaccine self-sufficiency capacity enhancement
  • Activation of domestic research of infectious diseases by securing diversity of pathogen resource and promoting utilization

Promotion Strategies

  • Strengthen network of industry-academia-national related researchers on the infectious diseases and operation of research forum for of infectious diseases
  • Ensure policy, budget and infrastructure to maximize infectious disease research capacity
  • Strengthening capacity for self-development of public vaccines and coordinating R & D control for vaccine
  • Establishment of global partnership and strengthen international cooperation on research for infectious diseases

Key Challenges

  • Preparation of the technology against novel, variant, and unknown infectious diseases
  • Strengthening of R&D ability to manage unidentified infections
  • Strengthening research for establishing national safety network of national controled infectious diseases
  • International cooperation to strengthening research on infectious diseases

Department work

Center for Infectious Disease Research table - divistion of, objective
Division of Objective
Viral Disease Research
  • Research on influenza including avian influenza human infection
  • Research on measles and respiratory viral diseases including acute respiratory syndrome
  • Research on AIDS and HIV
  • Research on sexually transmitted viral diseases
  • Research on retrovirus and viral hepatitis
  • Research on enteric viral diseases
  • Development of diagnostic and therapeutics for enteric, respiratory and chronic infectious diseases
Bacterial Disease Research
  • Division of Bacterial Disease Research conducts researches on bacterial pathogens causing
  • enteric bacterial infections
  • respiratory infections including tuberculosis
  • zoonoses and vector-borne diseases
  • sexually transmitted diseases
  • toxigenic bacterial infections
Emerging Infectious Disease and Vector Research
  • Research on the infection control of new emerging viruses and vector-borne viruses
  • Research diagnosis, therapy and vaccine of high risk hemorrhagic fever viruses
  • Research on international cooperatoin of new emerging viruses and arbovirus
  • Research on unknown infectious diseases
Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Research on antimicrobial resistance
  • Research on healthcare-associated pathogens
  • Research on pathogenic fungal infections
  • Research on antiviral- and antifungal-drug resistance
  • Study on diagnostics and therapeutics for the above-mentioned infectious diseases
  • Support development and evaluation of antimicrobial agents for treatments
Vaccine Research
  • Establishment of Korea Vaccine Research Center
  • Support development of public vaccines
  • Improvement and development of vaccines for major infectious diseases
  • Design novel vaccine approaches, such as new delivery systems