In continuation of its drive to connect the top Virus institutes in the world, the Global Virus Network (GVN), an association of Virologists, announced establishing a centre of excellence at Manipal Academy of Higher Education in Karnataka.
Apart from the institute in India, GVN will establish such centres at Korea National Institute of Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research, Tropical Medicine Institute “Alexander von Humboldt” of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University , Research Institute of Virology (Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan) and Antiviral Pharmacology Laboratory and Clinical Trials Research Center Virology Program at the University of Zimbabwe.
Announcing this, GVN President Christian Brechot and MD Robert Gallo said that they continued to serve as a catalyst uniquely connecting top virus research institutions from around the world to build collaborative, effective alliances and eradicate viral threats.
Manipal Institute of Virology (MIV) GVN Center will be led by Arunkumar Govindakarnavar, Professor and Director, MIV, Manipal Academy of Higher Education (MAHE). The institute is already a center for diagnostic virology and research and the regional reference laboratory for Influenza viruses. MIV has already established 33 surveillance centers in various hospitals in ten states
Eduardo Gotuzzo, MD, FACP, FIDSA, FESCMID, Emeritus Professor will lead the Tropical Medicine Institute “Alexander von Humboldt” of the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia The Institute is known for specialising in HTLV, human rhinovirus, HIV/AIDS and antiretroviral drug therapy and hepatitis B.
Korea National Institute of Health’s Center for Infectious Diseases Research GVN Center of Excellence will be under Youngmee Jee. The only national public health research institution, the Institute conducts research on infectious diseases caused by bacterial and virus pathogens. The GVN Centre at Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University is led by Donald Ingber. Wyss Institute is leveraging human Organ Chips and a variety of its other core technologies to create rapid and highly specific diagnostics for detection of viruses.
The centre at Research Institute of Virology Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan is under Professor Musabaev Erkin Isakovich., The Institute has a state of the art laboratory for new and re-emerging viral infections
The GVN Centre at Antiviral Pharmacology Laboratory and Clinical Trials Research Center Virology Program at the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) is led by Charles Chiedza Maponga and Justen Manasa.