The Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center (FRIC) is a cutting-edge research institute dedicated to advancing medicine and saving lives through groundbreaking research, discovery and innovation. Researchers work to expedite the timeline of translating basic science discovery to treatments that can extend human life and improve the efficiency of healthcare delivery. FRIC will develop next generation treatments for a broad scope of diseases that result life-threatening illnesses – improving healthcare in Florida and globally.

Our research focuses on emerging infectious diseases as well the role of the immune system in infectious disease and cancer. We aim to better understand the complex interactions between the body’s immune response to pathogens and cancer cells. Our work will translate to the development of new vaccines, anti-viral drugs and immunotherapies to advance treatments in the areas of cancer, neurosciences, infectious disease and heart disease.


Infectious Diseases

COVID-19, influenza, diseases caused by mosquito- or tick-borne viruses

Cancer

Leukemia, prostate cancer, glioblastoma and virus-induced cancers

More than ever, research is critical to our understanding of infectious diseases and the development of treatment and vaccines. The Cleveland Clinic Florida Research and Innovation Center plays a key role in this global effort.

The FRIC complements and expands research currently underway at Cleveland Clinic’s five Florida hospitals, as well as Cleveland Clinic’s Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland, Ohio. Our facilities span approximately 100,000 sq. ft of dedicated research and support spaces, including state-of-the-art shared resource facilities in flow cytometry, imaging and bioinformatics.


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Cleveland Clinic Names Chair of Department of Cancer Biology
08/10/2020

Jae Jung, PhD, a renowned expert in virus-induced cancers and immunology research, will lead Lerner Research Institute’s Department of Cancer Biology and will also serve as director of Cleveland Clinic’s Center for Global and Emerging Pathogens Research.

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$2.8M Grant Awarded to Develop Vaccine to Counter Emerging Tick-Borne Virus
08/10/2020

The funds, the first to go to Cleveland Clinic’s new Center for Global and Emerging Pathogens, will support Dr. Jung’s work to test four vaccine candidates against the virus that causes severe fever with thrombocytopenia.

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Cleveland Clinic Florida Opens Florida Research and Innovation Center
07/08/2020

The new center, which will complement and expand research underway at Lerner Research Institute, will focus on research related to cancer and infectious diseases, including COVID-19 and immune system response.

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