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John D Beckham

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Colorado Denver - Anschutz Medical Campus
DepartmentSOM-MED
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    Baylor College of Medicine, HoustonMD05/2001Medicine
    Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TXMedicine Resident05/2004Internal Medicine
    University of Colorado SOM, Aurora, COFellowship06/2007Infectious Diseases
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    2008ASCI Young Investigator Award
    2016VA Merit Award, VAMC

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    Dr. Beckham works clinically in the field of Infectious Diseases with a focus on neurological infections. His research focuses on immune responses to pathogens with a specific interest in RNA viruses like dengue virus, Zika virus, and more recently SARS-CoV2. His laboratory also studies innate immune responses in the brain, and the role of innate immunity in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson's disease.

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    I01BX003863     (BECKHAM, JOHN DAVID)Jul 1, 2017 - Jun 30, 2025
    NIH
    Targeting Innate Immunity as A Therapeutic Intervention for Parkinsons Disease
    Role: Principal Investigator

    R01AI153724     (Beckham, John)Oct 1, 2021 - Sep 30, 2025
    NIH/NIAID
    Development of a vaccination platform for emerging flavivirus infections
    Role Description: This grant provides support to develop live-attenuated candidate flavivirus vaccine approaches using targeted mutation of the 3'UTR conserved RNA structures.
    Role: PI

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    1. Chauhan L, Pattee J, Ford J, Thomas C, Lesteberg K, Richards E, Bernas CA, Loi M, Dumont L, Annen K, Berg M, Zirbes M, Knight V, Miller A, Jenkins TC, Bennett TD, Monkowski D, Boxer RS, Beckham JD. A Multi-center, Prospective, Observational-cohort controlled study of Clinical Outcomes following COVID-19 Convalescent plasma therapy in hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Clin Infect Dis. 2021 Sep 21. PMID: 34549274.
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    2. Akiyama BM, Graham ME, O Donoghue Z, Beckham JD, Kieft JS. Three-dimensional structure of a flavivirus dumbbell RNA reveals molecular details of an RNA regulator of replication. Nucleic Acids Res. 2021 07 09; 49(12):7122-7138. PMID: 34133732.
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    3. Schultz JS, Sparks H, Beckham JD. Arboviral central nervous system infections. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2021 06 01; 34(3):264-271. PMID: 33899755.
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    4. Lesteberg KE, Fader DS, Beckham JD. Pregnancy Alters Innate and Adaptive Immune Responses to Zika Virus Infection in the Reproductive Tract. J Immunol. 2020 12 01; 205(11):3107-3121. PMID: 33127823.
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    5. Brundin P, Nath A, Beckham JD. Is COVID-19 a Perfect Storm for Parkinson's Disease? Trends Neurosci. 2020 12; 43(12):931-933. PMID: 33158605.
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    6. Sparks H, Monogue B, Akiyama B, Kieft J, Beckham JD. Disruption of Zika Virus xrRNA1-Dependent sfRNA1 Production Results in Tissue-Specific Attenuated Viral Replication. Viruses. 2020 10 18; 12(10). PMID: 33080971.
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    7. Kading RC, Brault AC, Beckham JD. Global Perspectives on Arbovirus Outbreaks: A 2020 Snapshot. Trop Med Infect Dis. 2020 Sep 07; 5(3). PMID: 32906771.
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    8. Melia MT, Paez A, Reid G, Chirch LM, Luther VP, Blackburn BG, Perez F, Abdoler E, Kaul DR, Rehm S, Harik N, Barsoumian A, Person AK, Yun H, Beckham JD, Boruchoff S, Cariello PF, Cutrell JB, Graber CJ, Lee DH, Maziarz E, Paras ML, Razonable RR, Ressner R, Chen A, Chow B, Escota G, Herc E, Johnson A, Maves RC, Nnedu O, Clauss H, Kulkarni P, Pottinger PS, Serpa JA, Bhowmick T, Bittner M, Wooten D, Casanas B, Shnekendorf R, Blumberg EA. The Struggling Infectious Diseases Fellow: Remediation Challenges and Opportunities. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2020 Mar; 7(3):ofaa058. PMID: 32166097.
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    9. Gill CM, Kapadia RK, Beckham JD, Piquet AL, Tyler KL, Pastula DM. Usutu virus disease: a potential problem for North America? J Neurovirol. 2020 04; 26(2):149-154. PMID: 31858483.
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    10. Gill CM, Beckham JD, Piquet AL, Tyler KL, Pastula DM. Five Emerging Neuroinvasive Arboviral Diseases: Cache Valley, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, Jamestown Canyon, Powassan, and Usutu. Semin Neurol. 2019 08; 39(4):419-427. PMID: 31533182.
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    11. Khan M, Beckham JD, Piquet AL, Tyler KL, Pastula DM. An Overview of Powassan Virus Disease. Neurohospitalist. 2019 Oct; 9(4):181-182. PMID: 31534605.
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    12. Brown BL, Fidell A, Ingolia G, Murad E, Beckham JD. Infectious causes and outcomes in patients presenting with cerebral spinal fluid pleocytosis. J Neurovirol. 2019 08; 25(4):448-456. PMID: 30850974.
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    13. Lesteberg KE, Beckham JD. Immunology of West Nile Virus Infection and the Role of Alpha-Synuclein as a Viral Restriction Factor. Viral Immunol. 2019 Jan/Feb; 32(1):38-47. PMID: 30222521.
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    14. Brown B, Fidell A, Ingolia G, Murad E, Beckham JD. Defining diagnostic approaches and outcomes in patients with inflammatory CSF: A retrospective cohort study. Clin Neurol Neurosurg. 2018 09; 172:105-111. PMID: 29986194.
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    15. Kashef Hamadani BH, Franco-Paredes C, McCollister B, Shapiro L, Beckham JD, Henao-Martínez AF. Cryptococcosis and cryptococcal meningitis: New predictors and clinical outcomes at a United States academic medical centre. Mycoses. 2018 May; 61(5):314-320. PMID: 29284182.
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    16. Pastula DM, Durrant JC, Smith DE, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Zika Virus Disease for the Neurointensivist. Neurocrit Care. 2017 Jun; 26(3):457-463. PMID: 27995511.
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    17. McGuinness I, Beckham JD, Tyler KL, Pastula DM. An Overview of Yellow Fever Virus Disease. Neurohospitalist. 2017 Oct; 7(4):157-158. PMID: 28974992.
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    18. Beckham JD. Zika virus, a novel mosquito-borne congenital virus infection. J Neurovirol. 2017 06; 23(3):339-340. PMID: 28429288.
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    19. Shives KD, Tyler KL, Beckham JD. Molecular mechanisms of neuroinflammation and injury during acute viral encephalitis. J Neuroimmunol. 2017 07 15; 308:102-111. PMID: 28291542.
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    20. Duca LM, Beckham JD, Tyler KL, Pastula DM. Zika Virus Disease and Associated Neurologic Complications. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2017 Jan; 19(1):4. PMID: 28220392.
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    21. Smith DE, Beckham JD, Tyler KL, Pastula DM. Zika virus disease for neurologists. Neurol Clin Pract. 2016 Dec; 6(6):515-522. PMID: 28058206.
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    22. Akiyama BM, Laurence HM, Massey AR, Costantino DA, Xie X, Yang Y, Shi PY, Nix JC, Beckham JD, Kieft JS. Zika virus produces noncoding RNAs using a multi-pseudoknot structure that confounds a cellular exonuclease. Science. 2016 12 02; 354(6316):1148-1152. PMID: 27934765.
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    23. Shives KD, Massey AR, May NA, Morrison TE, Beckham JD. 4EBP-Dependent Signaling Supports West Nile Virus Growth and Protein Expression. Viruses. 2016 10 18; 8(10). PMID: 27763553.
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    24. Massey AR, Beckham JD. Alpha-Synuclein, a Novel Viral Restriction Factor Hiding in Plain Sight. DNA Cell Biol. 2016 Nov; 35(11):643-645. PMID: 27631132.
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    25. Henao-Martínez AF, Gross L, Mcnair B, McCollister B, DeSanto K, Montoya JG, Shapiro L, Beckham JD. Risk Factors for Cryptococcal Meningitis: A Single United States Center Experience. Mycopathologia. 2016 Dec; 181(11-12):807-814. PMID: 27502502.
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    26. Beckham JD, Pastula DM, Massey A, Tyler KL. Zika Virus as an Emerging Global Pathogen: Neurological Complications of Zika Virus. JAMA Neurol. 2016 Jul 01; 73(7):875-9. PMID: 27183312.
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    27. Pastula DM, Smith DE, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. An Overview of Zika Virus Disease. Neurohospitalist. 2016 Jul; 6(3):93-4. PMID: 27366289.
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    28. Pastula DM, Smith DE, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Four emerging arboviral diseases in North America: Jamestown Canyon, Powassan, chikungunya, and Zika virus diseases. J Neurovirol. 2016 06; 22(3):257-60. PMID: 26903031.
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    29. Klionsky DJ, Abdelmohsen K, Abe A, Abedin MJ, Abeliovich H, Acevedo Arozena A, Adachi H, Adams CM, Adams PD, Adeli K, Adhihetty PJ, Adler SG, Agam G, Agarwal R, Aghi MK, Agnello M, Agostinis P, Aguilar PV, Aguirre-Ghiso J, Airoldi EM, Ait-Si-Ali S, Akematsu T, Akporiaye ET, Al-Rubeai M, Albaiceta GM, Albanese C, Albani D, Albert ML, Aldudo J, Algül H, Alirezaei M, Alloza I, Almasan A, Almonte-Beceril M, Alnemri ES, Alonso C, Altan-Bonnet N, Altieri DC, Alvarez S, Alvarez-Erviti L, Alves S, Amadoro G, Amano A, Amantini C, Ambrosio S, Amelio I, Amer AO, Amessou M, Amon A, An Z, Anania FA, Andersen SU, Andley UP, Andreadi CK, Andrieu-Abadie N, Anel A, Ann DK, Anoopkumar-Dukie S, Antonioli M, Aoki H, Apostolova N, Aquila S, Aquilano K, Araki K, Arama E, Aranda A, Araya J, Arcaro A, Arias E, Arimoto H, Ariosa AR, Armstrong JL, Arnould T, Arsov I, Asanuma K, Askanas V, Asselin E, Atarashi R, Atherton SS, Atkin JD, Attardi LD, Auberger P, Auburger G, Aurelian L, Autelli R, Avagliano L, Avantaggiati ML, Avrahami L, Awale S, Azad N, Bachetti T, Backer JM, Bae DH, Bae JS, Bae ON, Bae SH, Baehrecke EH, Baek SH, Baghdiguian S, Bagniewska-Zadworna A, Bai H, Bai J, Bai XY, Bailly Y, Balaji KN, Balduini W, Ballabio A, Balzan R, Banerjee R, Bánhegyi G, Bao H, Barbeau B, Barrachina MD, Barreiro E, Bartel B, Bartolomé A, Bassham DC, Bassi MT, Bast RC, Basu A, Batista MT, Batoko H, Battino M, Bauckman K, Baumgarner BL, Bayer KU, Beale R, Beaulieu JF, Beck GR, Becker C, Beckham JD, Bédard PA, Bednarski PJ, Begley TJ, Behl C, Behrends C, Behrens GM, Behrns KE, Bejarano E, Belaid A, Belleudi F, Bénard G, Berchem G, Bergamaschi D, Bergami M, Berkhout B, Berliocchi L, Bernard A, Bernard M, Bernassola F, Bertolotti A, Bess AS, Besteiro S, Bettuzzi S, Bhalla S, Bhattacharyya S, Bhutia SK, Biagosch C, Bianchi MW, Biard-Piechaczyk M, Billes V, Bincoletto C, Bingol B, Bird SW, Bitoun M, Bjedov I, Blackstone C, Blanc L, Blanco GA, Blomhoff HK, Boada-Romero E, Böckler S, Boes M, Boesze-Battaglia K, Boise LH, Bolino A, Boman A, Bonaldo P, Bordi M, Bosch J, Botana LM, Botti J, Bou G, Bouché M, Bouchecareilh M, Boucher MJ, Boulton ME, Bouret SG, Boya P, Boyer-Guittaut M, Bozhkov PV, Brady N, Braga VM, Brancolini C, Braus GH, Bravo-San Pedro JM, Brennan LA, Bresnick EH, Brest P, Bridges D, Bringer MA, Brini M, Brito GC, Brodin B, Brookes PS, Brown EJ, Brown K, Broxmeyer HE, Bruhat A, Brum PC, Brumell JH, Brunetti-Pierri N, Bryson-Richardson RJ, Buch S, Buchan AM, Budak H, Bulavin DV, Bultman SJ, Bultynck G, Bumbasirevic V, Burelle Y, Burke RE, Burmeister M, Bütikofer P, Caberlotto L, Cadwell K, Cahova M, Cai D, Cai J, Cai Q, Calatayud S, Camougrand N, Campanella M, Campbell GR, Campbell M, Campello S, Candau R, Caniggia I, Cantoni L, Cao L, Caplan AB, Caraglia M, Cardinali C, Cardoso SM, Carew JS, Carleton LA, Carlin CR, Carloni S, Carlsson SR, Carmona-Gutierrez D, Carneiro LA, Carnevali O, Carra S, Carrier A, Carroll B, Casas C, Casas J, Cassinelli G, Castets P, Castro-Obregon S, Cavallini G, Ceccherini I, Cecconi F, Cederbaum AI, Ceña V, Cenci S, Cerella C, Cervia D, Cetrullo S, Chaachouay H, Chae HJ, Chagin AS, Chai CY, Chakrabarti G, Chamilos G, Chan EY, Chan MT, Chandra D, Chandra P, Chang CP, Chang RC, Chang TY, Chatham JC, Chatterjee S, Chauhan S, Che Y, Cheetham ME, Cheluvappa R, Chen CJ, Chen G, Chen GC, Chen G, Chen H, Chen JW, Chen JK, Chen M, Chen M, Chen P, Chen Q, Chen Q, Chen SD, Chen S, Chen SS, Chen W, Chen WJ, Chen WQ, Chen W, Chen X, Chen YH, Chen YG, Chen Y, Chen Y, Chen Y, Chen YJ, Chen YQ, Chen Y, Chen Z, Chen Z, Cheng A, Cheng CH, Cheng H, Cheong H, Cherry S, Chesney J, Cheung CH, Chevet E, Chi HC, Chi SG, Chiacchiera F, Chiang HL, Chiarelli R, Chiariello M, Chieppa M, Chin LS, Chiong M, Chiu GN, Cho DH, Cho SG, Cho WC, Cho YY, Cho YS, Choi AM, Choi EJ, Choi EK, Choi J, Choi ME, Choi SI, Chou TF, Chouaib S, Choubey D, Choubey V, Chow KC, Chowdhury K, Chu CT, Chuang TH, Chun T, Chung H, Chung T, Chung YL, Chwae YJ, Cianfanelli V, et al. Guidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition). Autophagy. 2016; 12(1):1-222. PMID: 26799652.
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    30. Beatman EL, Massey A, Shives KD, Burrack KS, Chamanian M, Morrison TE, Beckham JD. Alpha-Synuclein Expression Restricts RNA Viral Infections in the Brain. J Virol. 2015 Dec 30; 90(6):2767-82. PMID: 26719256.
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    31. Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Arbovirus Infections. Continuum (Minneap Minn). 2015 Dec; 21(6 Neuroinfectious Disease):1599-611. PMID: 26633778.
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    32. Grubaugh ND, Massey A, Shives KD, Stenglein MD, Ebel GD, Beckham JD. West Nile Virus Population Structure, Injury, and Interferon-Stimulated Gene Expression in the Brain From a Fatal Case of Encephalitis. Open Forum Infect Dis. 2016 Jan; 3(1):ofv182. PMID: 26730392.
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    33. Kleinschmidt-DeMasters BK, Beckham JD. West Nile Virus Encephalitis 16 Years Later. Brain Pathol. 2015 Sep; 25(5):625-33. PMID: 26276026.
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    34. Henao-Martínez AF, Beckham JD. Cryptococcosis in solid organ transplant recipients. Curr Opin Infect Dis. 2015 Aug; 28(4):300-7. PMID: 26098495.
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    35. Shives KD, Beatman EL, Chamanian M, O'Brien C, Hobson-Peters J, Beckham JD. West nile virus-induced activation of mammalian target of rapamycin complex 1 supports viral growth and viral protein expression. J Virol. 2014 Aug; 88(16):9458-71. PMID: 24920798.
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    36. Steele AK, Lee EJ, Manuzak JA, Dillon SM, Beckham JD, McCarter MD, Santiago ML, Wilson CC. Microbial exposure alters HIV-1-induced mucosal CD4+ T cell death pathways Ex vivo. Retrovirology. 2014 Feb 04; 11:14. PMID: 24495380.
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    37. Clarke P, Leser JS, Quick ED, Dionne KR, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Death receptor-mediated apoptotic signaling is activated in the brain following infection with West Nile virus in the absence of a peripheral immune response. J Virol. 2014 Jan; 88(2):1080-9. PMID: 24198425.
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    38. Davis LE, Oyer R, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Elevated CSF cytokines in the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction of general paresis. JAMA Neurol. 2013 Aug; 70(8):1060-4. PMID: 23732875.
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    39. Beatman E, Oyer R, Shives KD, Hedman K, Brault AC, Tyler KL, Beckham JD. West Nile virus growth is independent of autophagy activation. Virology. 2012 Nov 10; 433(1):262-72. PMID: 22939285.
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    40. Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Neuro-intensive care of patients with acute CNS infections. Neurotherapeutics. 2012 Jan; 9(1):124-38. PMID: 22102180.
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    41. Dionne KR, Leser JS, Lorenzen KA, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. A brain slice culture model of viral encephalitis reveals an innate CNS cytokine response profile and the therapeutic potential of caspase inhibition. Exp Neurol. 2011 Apr; 228(2):222-31. PMID: 21241693.
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    42. Beckham JD, Tuttle KD, Tyler KL. Caspase-3 activation is required for reovirus-induced encephalitis in vivo. J Neurovirol. 2010 Jul; 16(4):306-17. PMID: 20626234.
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    43. Clarke P, Beckham JD, Leser JS, Hoyt CC, Tyler KL. Fas-mediated apoptotic signaling in the mouse brain following reovirus infection. J Virol. 2009 Jun; 83(12):6161-70. PMID: 19321603.
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    44. Beckham JD, Tuttle K, Tyler KL. Reovirus activates transforming growth factor beta and bone morphogenetic protein signaling pathways in the central nervous system that contribute to neuronal survival following infection. J Virol. 2009 May; 83(10):5035-45. PMID: 19279118.
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    45. Davis LE, Beckham JD, Tyler KL. North American encephalitic arboviruses. Neurol Clin. 2008 Aug; 26(3):727-57, ix. PMID: 18657724.
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    46. Goody RJ, Beckham JD, Rubtsova K, Tyler KL. JAK-STAT signaling pathways are activated in the brain following reovirus infection. J Neurovirol. 2007 Aug; 13(4):373-83. PMID: 17849321.
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    47. Beckham JD, Goody RJ, Clarke P, Bonny C, Tyler KL. Novel strategy for treatment of viral central nervous system infection by using a cell-permeating inhibitor of c-Jun N-terminal kinase. J Virol. 2007 Jul; 81(13):6984-92. PMID: 17475657.
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    48. Tyler KL, Beckham JD. Management of acute shingles (herpes zoster). Rev Neurol Dis. 2007; 4(4):203-8. PMID: 18195672.
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    49. Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Infectious disease - developments in the field of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Rev Neurol Dis. 2007; 4(3):168-72. PMID: 17943072.
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    50. Beckham JD, Tyler KL. Initial management of acute bacterial meningitis in adults: summary of IDSA guidelines. Rev Neurol Dis. 2006; 3(2):57-60. PMID: 16819421.
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    51. Beckham JD, Cadena A, Lin J, Piedra PA, Glezen WP, Greenberg SB, Atmar RL. Respiratory viral infections in patients with chronic, obstructive pulmonary disease. J Infect. 2005 May; 50(4):322-30. PMID: 15845430.
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