Practical and Theoretical Course on Arbovirus Diagnostics

March 27, 2019 - Scientists and technicians working on arbovirus projects in Brazil and across Latin America are meeting for a five-day training workshop organized by the Mérieux Foundation (ZikaPLAN) and Fundacao Faculdade de Medicina (ZIKAlliance) on March 25-29, 2019. Read more

Bringing diagnostics to the field

November 29, 2018 - Diagnosing Zika in the field presents specific challenges as other diseases, such as chikungunya and dengue, present in the same areas, can give a false positive on diagnostic tests. Read more

Featured Publication

Validating linkage of multiple population-based administrative databases in Brazil

Enny S. Paixão et al. – PLOS ONE, March 28, 2019

In the article, the authors aimed to validate the linkage strategy they used in Paixao et al 2017 to create a cohort study on the effects of dengue on maternal and birth outcomes. The outcome of these series of studies will enable physicians to properly conduct a risk assessment in pregnant patients and policy-makers to use this information to include women with dengue in pregnancy in an “at risk” population.

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Research Focus

NEURO-ZIKA: Neurological Manifestations of Zika

Defining the spectrum of neurological diseases associated with Zika virus (ZIKV) infection, in both the central nervous system (CNS) and peripheral nervous system (PNS) of adults and children.

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WEAR: Wearable Aedes Repellent Technologies

To protect pregnant women, novel, wash-in detergent formulations and long-lasting plastic technologies containing repellents for the treatment of clothing and other wearable repellent technologies are being developed using new microencapsulation techniques.

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Investigating Vaccines in Antibody Dependent Enhancement

Identifying the major T-cell epitopes and cross reactive B-cell epitopes on ZIKV and assessing the role of flavivirus antibodies in protective and pathogenic immunity following ZIKV through antibody dependent enhancement (ADE).

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