Reporting Avenues for Concerns Related to Integrity or Fairness

The Infectious, Reproductive, Asthma and Pulmonary Conditions (IRAP) Study Section reviews applications concerned with the epidemiology of infectious diseases, reproductive health, asthma and pulmonary conditions in large human populations.

Epidemiological research designs and approaches reviewed in IRAP include cohort, case-control, prospective, longitudinal, retrospective, clinical trial, cross-sectional, surveillance, genetics, epigenetics, genomics, gene-environment interactions, molecular genetics, and Omics technologies. Applications that use animal or other models exclusively are excluded.

The List of Reviewers lists all present, whether standing members or temporary, to provide the full scope of expertise present on that date. Lists are posted 30 days before the meeting and are tentative, pending any last minute changes.

Review Dates

Membership Panel

The membership panel is a list of chartered members only.


  • Studies of the determinants, predictors and biomarkers of diseases and conditions related to infectious diseases, reproductive health, asthma and pulmonary conditions using epidemiologic approaches and/or large human population samples. The focus is to determine whether risk of these diseases/conditions are different among individuals who are exposed or not exposed to a specific factor (or combination of factors) of interest. These may be either risk or protective factors that include genetic, epigenetic, molecular, environmental, pharmacological, behavioral and social factors and the human microbiome.
  • The application of mathematical modeling to study infectious disease transmission dynamics through both direct and indirect transmission routes and characterize public health intervention strategies such as vaccination programs.
  • Effect of environmental exposures on human reproduction, maternal health, prenatal/perinatal/neonatal health, asthma and allergic disorders, lung conditions and infectious disease transmission dynamics.

Shared Interests and Overlaps

Neurological, Aging and Musculoskeletal (NAME) and Kidney, Nutrition, Obesity and Diabetes (KNOD): IRAP, NAME, and KNOD review applications focused on environmental exposures during pregnancy. If neurological outcomes are assessed on the progeny or in children in later life, the application is reviewed in NAME. If obesity outcomes are assessed on the progeny or in children in later life, the application is reviewed in KNOD. Applications that focus on the perinatal period and pregnancy related outcomes are reviewed in IRAP.

Genetics of Health and Disease (GHD): Applications related to genetic or epigenetic risk or protective factors of infectious diseases, reproductive health, asthma, and pulmonary conditions are reviewed in IRAP. Applications focused on the discovery and development of genetic and genomic methodologies are reviewed in GHD.

Clinical Research and Field Studies of Infectious Diseases (CRFS): While IRAP reviews applications related to the epidemiology of infectious diseases, applications that are mechanistic and/or diagnostic in their focus on the potential etiology of human infectious diseases are reviewed in CRFS.

Respiratory Integrative Biology and Translational Research (RIBT): Applications focused on physiologic and/or mechanistic aspect of pulmonary conditions are reviewed in RIBT. Population-based and epidemiological studies related to pulmonary conditions are reviewed in IRAP.

Systemic Injury by Environmental Exposure (SIEE): Both SIEE and IRAP review environmental epidemiological applications however, applications focused on the pharmacological and toxicological mechanisms related to environmental exposures are reviewed in SIEE.

Biostatistical Methods and Research Design (BMRD): Both BMRD and IRAP review statistical methodology applications. Applications focused on the development and validation of statistical methods are reviewed in BMRD. Applications focused on the application of statistical methodology to investigate the determinants of disease and conditions within the realms of infectious disease, reproductive health, asthma, and pulmonary conditions in populations are reviewed in IRAP.

Social Sciences and Population Studies (SSPA/SSPB): Applications focusing on population-level reproductive health, such as fertility patterns or social determinants of contraceptive use and childbearing, are typically reviewed in SSPA/SSPB. Epidemiological studies of reproduction and the biological and clinical aspects of reproductive health are typically reviewed in IRAP.