SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25, 2016

Global Virus Network improves partnerships among virus researchers

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The Global Virus Network (GVN) -- a collaboration of the world’s top medical virology research centers working together to prevent and treat illness and death due to viral disease -- recently hosted its seventh meeting to strengthen the partnerships between virus researchers.

“Professor Yi Zeng and his colleagues hosted an impressive, scientific meeting,” Robert Gallo, co-founder and scientific director of the GVN, said. “The meeting provided an opportunity for leading experts to share cutting-edge research and simulate difficult questions in an effort to solve some of the field’s top basic science and clinical challenges.”

With global climate change, mass migration and re-emerging viruses (such as Ebola) threatening the world’s health, the location and timing of the meeting was crucial. The meeting provided experts with the chance to exchange information about HIV, measles, hepatitis, hemorrhagic fevers, influenza, chikungunya and dengue, as participants discussed developing strategies, specialized task forces and training programs to prevent or treat growing viral threats around the world.

The meeting, which GVN organized with Beijing University of Technology, was hosted by a GVN Center of Excellence located Beijing, China from Saturday through Tuesday.

“It is fitting for Beijing University of Technology to host many of the world’s top medical virologists as the university celebrates 55 years of success,” GVN China Center of Excellence Director Yi Zeng said. “We are pleased to have served as the catalyst for important scientific discussions and the inspiration for new international collaborations.”

GVN President Sharon Hyrnkow said that in addition to the scientific exchanges, the GVN Centers of Excellence recommitted themselves to ensuring that the world is prepared against future pandemics by ensuring the training of tomorrow’s virology leaders.

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