GloPID-R members hosted a workshop in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 30 – December 2, 2016 to promote and establish collaborations between the Zika research projects funded by GloPID-R members. The workshop provided a setting for Zika virus research grantees to present their projects, to network with other grantees, to exchange ideas on the conduct of research, and to identify opportunities for active collaboration and coordination of the research efforts.
Findings of the Zika research working groups on vaccines, aetiology and diagnostics
When there is a new infectious disease threat, research funding needs to be quickly available to the scientific community. GloPID-R is centralizing the major calls for funding on our funding opportunities page. More funding calls will be announced soon.
Past Funding Calls
With the Zika virus alert, GloPID-R members tested the Interim Response Plan for the first time. This plan allows GloPID-R members to discuss the significance of an outbreak, assess whether a rapid research response is needed, and to respond appropriately. The Response Plan is organized into three modes: Preparedness, Mobilization and Response.
In response to the Brazilian Ministry of Health’s official declaration of the Zika virus as a public health emergency in November 2015, GloPID-R assembled an Outbreak Committee in early December to assess and analyze the virus’s effects. The Outbreak Committee recommended that the members move into “Response Mode” of the Readiness Plan.
Mapping Research and Expertise
One of GloPID-R’s primary objectives is to map and connect various research funding institutions. For Zika, GloPID-R members drafted “Zika Virus (ZIKV) Outbreak: Overview of Relevant Research, Projects and Expertise.” This regularly updated document identifies experts, research capacities in the field of ZIKV and key research questions.
Members in Action
The chairs and vice-chairs of GloPID-R have held several teleconferences, and GloPID-R members held a first teleconference on December 22nd with leading experts to identify research priorities. Four working groups have been formed to cover issues related to etiology, vaccines, diagnostics, and vector control. These groups will track ongoing research in these different areas, and will create links between researchers working on similar topics.
Three of GloPID-R’s 23 members are based in Brazil: Instituto Fiocruz, Sao Paulo Research Foundation (FAPESP) and Instituto Butantan. Instituto Fiocruz has been instrumental in providing information on Zika’s effects on the population from a regional perspective and the research challenges the virus poses.
The fifth GloPID-R 2016 General Assembly was hosted in Washington D.C. by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on March 14-15, 2016. The meeting featured a session on the Zika epidemic providing the most current information on affected regions. Presenters shared information on the research already underway, and members exchanged about their ongoing and anticipated actions to respond to this epidemic.