Penn State Critical Illness and Sepsis Research Center (CISRC)

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Organization profile

Organization profile

Director: Anthony Bonavia, MD

Associate Director: E. Scott Halstead, MD, PhD

Associate Director: Judie Howrylak, MD, PhD

The Penn State Sepsis and Critical Illness Research Center (SCIRC) is a multi-disciplinary, cross-campus consortium of investigators dedicated to the joint missions of research and education. Investigators consist of clinicians and scientists from within Penn State Health, Penn State College of Medicine, and Penn State University. With respect to its core missions, the Center’s unique composition ensures that our research initiatives are mechanistically oriented yet address relevant clinical problems. The Center also acts as a rich mentorship resource for faculty and trainees who seek scientific expertise and/or collaborative investigations relevant to its mission. Focuses of the consortium include artificial intelligence, human/rodent immunology and advancement in sepsis phenotyping. Given the breadth of critical illness, the Center also offers a low barrier of entry to individuals exploring new avenues of research, allowing them access to an established research infrastructure that prioritizes mentorship, respect, and inclusion. It also intended to promote efficient and productive collaborations between sepsis investigators at Penn State and like-minded investigators at other academic institutions.