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Coleen Kathryn Cunningham, MD

Professor of Pediatrics
Chief, Division of Global Health, Pediatrics
Vice Chair of Research in the Department of Pediatrics
Research Professor of Global Health
Professor of Pathology
Campus mail: Box 3352 Med Ctr, Durham, NC 27710
Phone: (919) 684-6335
Email address: coleen.cunningham@duke.edu

Dr. Cunningham is a pediatric infectious diseases physician who has focused her research on the prevention and treatment of HIV infection in children.  She has also played important roles in evaluation of vaccines for other infectious diseases and recently has worked on Ebola virus treatment studies.  She is currently working on studies of active and passive immunization to prevent HIV transmission in neonates born to HIV infected women.

Education and Training

  • Fellow, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Pediatrics, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1988 - 1991
  • Residency, Pediatrics, State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1985 - 1988
  • M.D., State University of New York Upstate Medical University, 1985

Selected Grants and Awards

Publications

Cunningham, Coleen K., Elizabeth J. McFarland, R Leavitt Morrison, Edmund V. Capparelli, Jeffrey T. Safrit, Lynne M. Mofenson, Bonnie Mathieson, et al. “Safety, Tolerability, and Pharmacokinetics of the Broadly Neutralizing Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)-1 Monoclonal Antibody VRC01 in HIV-Exposed Newborn Infants.” J Infect Dis 222, no. 4 (July 23, 2020): 628–36. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiz532.

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Patel, Sweta M., Sabelle Jallow, Sefelani Boiditswe, Shabir A. Madhi, Kristen A. Feemster, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Tonya Arscott-Mills, et al. “Placental Transfer of Respiratory Syncytial Virus Antibody Among HIV-Exposed, Uninfected Infants.” J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc 9, no. 3 (July 13, 2020): 349–56. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/piz056.

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Congdon, Morgan, Hwanhee Hong, Rebecca R. Young, Coleen K. Cunningham, Leslie A. Enane, Tonya Arscott-Mills, Francis M. Banda, et al. “Effect of Haemophilus influenzae type b and 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccines on childhood pneumonia hospitalizations and deaths in Botswana.” Clin Infect Dis, July 8, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/cid/ciaa919.

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McFarland, Elizabeth J., Ruth A. Karron, Petronella Muresan, Coleen K. Cunningham, Charlotte Perlowski, Jennifer Libous, Jennifer Oliva, et al. “Live-Attenuated Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine With M2-2 Deletion and With Small Hydrophobic Noncoding Region Is Highly Immunogenic in Children.” J Infect Dis 221, no. 12 (June 11, 2020): 2050–59. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiaa049.

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McFarland, Elizabeth J., Ruth A. Karron, Petronella Muresan, Coleen K. Cunningham, Jennifer Libous, Charlotte Perlowski, Bhagvanji Thumar, et al. “Live Respiratory Syncytial Virus Attenuated by M2-2 Deletion and Stabilized Temperature Sensitivity Mutation 1030s Is a Promising Vaccine Candidate in Children.” J Infect Dis 221, no. 4 (February 3, 2020): 534–43. https://doi.org/10.1093/infdis/jiz603.

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Abu-Raya, Bahaa, David M. Goldfarb, Marek Smieja, Kathy Luinstra, Melissa Richard-Greenblatt, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Kristen A. Feemster, et al. “The prevalence and clinical characteristics of pertussis-associated pneumonia among infants in Botswana.” Bmc Pediatr 19, no. 1 (November 16, 2019): 444. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12887-019-1820-0.

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Masese, Rita V., Julia V. Ramos, Leonia Rugalabamu, Severa Luhanga, Aisa M. Shayo, Kearsley A. Stewart, Coleen K. Cunningham, and Dorothy E. Dow. “Challenges and facilitators of transition from adolescent to adult HIV care among young adults living with HIV in Moshi, Tanzania.” J Int Aids Soc 22, no. 10 (October 2019): e25406. https://doi.org/10.1002/jia2.25406.

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Hurst, Jillian H., Katherine J. Barrett, Matthew S. Kelly, Betty B. Staples, Kathleen A. McGann, Coleen K. Cunningham, Ann M. Reed, Rasheed A. Gbadegesin, and Sallie R. Permar. “Cultivating Research Skills During Clinical Training to Promote Pediatric-Scientist Development.” Pediatrics 144, no. 2 (August 2019). https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2019-0745.

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Dow, Dorothy E., Aisa M. Shayo, Coleen K. Cunningham, and Blandina T. Mmbaga. “HIV-1 Drug Resistance and Virologic Outcomes Among Tanzanian Youth Living With HIV.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 38, no. 6 (June 2019): 617–19. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000002288.

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Cunningham, Coleen K., Ruth Karron, Petronella Muresan, Elizabeth J. McFarland, Charlotte Perlowski, Jennifer Libous, Bhagvanji Thumar, et al. “Live-Attenuated Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccine With Deletion of RNA Synthesis Regulatory Protein M2-2 and Cold Passage Mutations Is Overattenuated.” Open Forum Infect Dis 6, no. 6 (June 2019): ofz212. https://doi.org/10.1093/ofid/ofz212.

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