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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

Dow, Dorothy E., Blandina T. Mmbaga, John A. Gallis, Elizabeth L. Turner, Monica Gandhi, Coleen K. Cunningham, and Karen E. O’Donnell. “A group-based mental health intervention for young people living with HIV in Tanzania: results of a pilot individually randomized group treatment trial.” Bmc Public Health 20, no. 1 (September 4, 2020): 1358. https://doi.org/10.1186/s12889-020-09380-3.

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Karron, Ruth A., Jessica E. Atwell, Elizabeth J. McFarland, Coleen K. Cunningham, Petronella Muresan, Charlotte Perlowski, Jennifer Libous, et al. “Live-attenuated Vaccines Prevent Respiratory Syncytial Virus-associated Illness in Young Children.” Am J Respir Crit Care Med, September 1, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1164/rccm.202005-1660OC.

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Hurst, Jillian H., Sarah M. Heston, Hailey N. Chambers, Hannah M. Cunningham, Meghan J. Price, Lilianna Suarez, Carter Crew, et al. “SARS-CoV-2 Infections Among Children in the Biospecimens from Respiratory Virus-Exposed Kids (BRAVE Kids) Study.” Medrxiv, September 1, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.08.18.20166835.

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Li, Jerry, Mina Nikanjam, Coleen K. Cunningham, Elizabeth J. McFarland, Emily E. Coates, Katherine V. Houser, Bob C. Lin, et al. “Model Informed Development of VRC01 in Newborn Infants Using a Population Pharmacokinetics Approach.” Clin Pharmacol Ther, August 31, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1002/cpt.2026.

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Shane, Andi L., Alice I. Sato, Carol Kao, Felice C. Adler-Shohet, Surabhi B. Vora, Jeff Ery, J. Auletta, et al. “A Pediatric Infectious Disease Perspective of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 in Children.” J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc, August 25, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/piaa099.

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Thomas, Sanya J., Jacob T. Kilgore, Bradford A. Becken, Coleen K. Cunningham, and Amelia B. Thompson. “Raltegravir-associated Drug-Reaction With Eosinophilia and Systemic Symptoms Syndrome in a Pediatric Patient Without Characteristic Human Leukocyte Antigen B*57:01 or B*53:01 alleles.” Journal of the Pediatric Infectious Diseases Society, August 7, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/piaa089.

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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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