Three EU-funded Zika Consortia Meetings at ECTMIH

October 23, 2017

During the European Congress on Tropical Medicine and International Health (ECTMIH) conference in Antwerp, the three EU-funded Zika Consortia, ZIKAlliance, ZIKAction and ZikaPLAN organized a joint symposium, with an afternoon of presentations packed with up-to-date science regarding ZIKV on October 17th.

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Establishing a Latin American network for congenital anomaly surveillance

September 15, 2017

ZikaPLAN in its multi-faceted WP8, in one part envisionscreating an inventory of existing congenital anomaly surveillance tools, available globally. It will support the building of a Latin American network for congenital anomaly surveillance that will include the RELAMC registries to contribute their data towards a collaborative study.

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Efforts to define the spectrum of neurological disease associated with Zika virus

September 15, 2017

The Work Package 2 of ZikaPLAN forming the Neuro-Zika Group is working in the field conducting case control studies in Brazil & Colombia with an aim to define the spectrum of neurological disease. Although, there has been a lower incidence of Zika virus this year, progress has been steady with valuable insights gained to date. The team has the largest group of scientists who interact on regular basis and have had successful working group meetings in Liverpool, Glasgow and Rotterdam.

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Creating a coordinated and accessible Zika Diagnostics Evaluation Platform

September 15, 2017

Getting a diagnostic test from development to its use at the point-of-care can take years. To make this process shorter, ZikaPLAN under the leadership of Prof Rosanna Peeling (the WP5 leader), aims to develop, validate and evaluate tools including Point of Care tests for ZIKV diagnosis, surveillance and research. ZikaPLAN will work with ZIKAlliance, ZIKAction and other groups like UNICEF, WHO to establish a virtual network of biobanks.

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Cross-Consortia Data Sharing Session at IPK, Havana, Cuba

September 14, 2017

A cross-consortia Data Sharing session took place at the Instituto Pedro Kouri in Havana, Cuba, on 11 August 2017. As part of the collaborative effort being pursued by 3 EU-funded Zika Consortia (ZIKAction, ZIKAlliance, and ZikaPLAN) on data harmonisation and data sharing, the meeting was an important opportunity to advance the ongoing work and update participants about the work done so far. Read more about it on the ZIKAction, ZIKAlliance, and ZikaPLAN websites.

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ZikaPLAN Meetings and Workshop at the 15th International Dengue Course at IPK in Havana

August 14, 2017

More than 65 participants attended the second annual ZikaPLAN consortium meeting that took place at the historically important Pedro Kouri Institute (IPK) in Cuba, August 12-13.

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ZikaPLAN partner, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, co-authors groundbreaking study

June 23, 2017

This groundbreaking study "Zika virus pathogenesis in rhesus macaques is unaffected by pre-existing immunity to dengue virus" was published in June 2017 in Nature Communications and is co-authored by Aravinda de Silva PhD, professor of microbiology and immunology at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill - a ZikaPLAN Partner.

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Launch of WHO Toolkit

June 21, 2017

Zika virus is associated with severe neurological complications, particularly congenital Zika virus syndrome and Guillain Barré syndrome. The associated complications have a marked impact on the people affected and their communities, including both physical and mental health.

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Zika Messaging in Brazil Presented at Zika Virus and other Mosquito-borne Viruses Conference

May 18, 2017

John Kinsman, member of the ZikaPLAN Messaging project and Associate Professor in Global Health at the Epidemiology and Global Health Unit, Umeå University gave a presentation on the “Perceptions of and reactions to Zika messages in Brazil” on day two of the conference, Zika Virus and other Mosquito-borne Viruses, Science for Preparedness and Response in the Mediterranean Region, which was held in Barcelona, May 23-24.

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The Brazilian Ministry of Health Publishes Protocol Concerning Congenital Syndrome Associated with Zika Virus Infection

May 18, 2017

The Brazilian Ministry of Health has published a protocol entitled "Procedures for monitoring changes in growth and development from pregnancy to early childhood, related to infection by Zika virus and other infectious etiologies within the operational capacity of the Health Unit System – SUS*.

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New Online Course "Preventing the Zika Virus: Understanding and Controlling the Aedes Mosquito"

March 9, 2017

Dr. James Logan, who leads the WEAR (Wearable Aedes Repellent Technologies) working group in ZikaPLAN, is teaching a new online course on Zika virus vector control.

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First International Conference on Zika Virus

February 22, 2017

A keynote lecture will be done by Annelies Wilder-Smith, ZikaPLAN Scientific Coordinator, on February 23rd about the evolution of the Zika outbreak.

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15th International Dengue Course: Challenges of Zika and Chikungunya transmission

February 16, 2017

ZikaPLAN announces the 15th edition of the Dengue International Course to be held from August 7 to 18, 2017 in Havana (Cuba).

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Workshop on New and Innovative Approaches to Laboratory Diagnosis of Zika, Dengue and other Arboviruses

January 26, 2017

The Partnership for Dengue Control (PDC) is organizing a workshop on May 2 to 4, 2017 on new technologies under development and whether they can be used to address Aedes-transmitted arboviruses. The workshop, held at Les Pensières in Annecy (France), will also look at which characteristics should be prioritized, how to meet regulatory requirements, and how to move from innovation to market.

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Zika Workshop in Brazil: A Collaborative Exchange

December 2, 2016

GloPID-R members hosted a workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 30 – December 2, 2016 to facilitate collaboration between members on the Zika funded research projects. ZikaPLAN participated in the workshop, whose aim was to identify and establish collaboration and synergies between the research and capacity development projects in support of the Zika virus response in Latin America and the Caribbean funded by GloPID-R members worldwide.

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ZikaPLAN: 25 Research Organizations Unite to Fight Zika Virus and Build Long-term Outbreak Response Capacity in Latin America

October 25, 2016

25 leading research and public health organizations from Latin America, North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe gathered in Recife for the launch of ZikaPLAN (Zika Preparedness Latin American Network).

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