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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

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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Patel, Sweta M., Lisa Spees, Marek Smieja, Kathy Luinstra, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Kristen A. Feemster, Tonya Arscott-Mills, et al. “Predictors of Poor Outcomes Among Infants With Respiratory Syncytial Virus-associated Acute Lower Respiratory Infection in Botswana.” Pediatr Infect Dis J 38, no. 5 (May 2019): 525–27. https://doi.org/10.1097/INF.0000000000002168.

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Kelly, Matthew S., Jiayin Zheng, Sefelani Boiditswe, Andrew P. Steenhoff, Kristen A. Feemster, Tonya Arscott-Mills, Boitshepe Seme, et al. “Investigating Mediators of the Poor Pneumonia Outcomes of Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Exposed but Uninfected Children.” J Pediatric Infect Dis Soc 8, no. 1 (March 28, 2019): 13–20. https://doi.org/10.1093/jpids/pix092.

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Becken, B., A. Multani, S. Padival, and C. K. Cunningham. “Human immunodeficiency virus I: History, epidemiology, transmission, and pathogenesis.” In Introduction to Clinical Infectious Diseases: A Problem-Based Approach, 417–23, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-91080-2_40.

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Brumme, Zabrina L., Hanwei Sudderuddin, Carrie Ziemniak, Katherine Luzuriaga, Bradley R. Jones, Jeffrey B. Joy, Coleen K. Cunningham, Thomas Greenough, and Deborah Persaud. “Genetic complexity in the replication-competent latent HIV reservoir increases with untreated infection duration in infected youth.” Aids 33, no. 2 (February 1, 2019): 211–18. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0000000000002045.

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