November 30 to December 2, 2016 – University of São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

Scope of the workshop

The workshop’s 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. It addressed the state of the outbreak, the ongoing research and the potential for collaboration across research groups. It also included discussions on the North-South partnerships, the use of common study protocols and governance structures, as well as data sharing.


  • Provide a networking opportunity for the grantees funded by GLOPID-R members, and provide a platform for information exchange and learning.
  • Promote active coordination and synergy of the research and capacity development supported within the context of GloPID-R.
  • Obtain feedback from the grantees on future research and capacity building needs to address Zika and other emerging infectious diseases.

The workshop brought together almost 70 participants, both funders and researchers, from nearly 50 different institutions, from 17 countries across the globe, as well as from the European Commission, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO). It was co-organized by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the International Development Research Centre, the European Commission and the University of Sao Paulo.

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Day 1: Wednesday November 30, 2016

Welcoming address

Line Matthiessen, European Commission
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Overview of Zika epidemic and research response of PAHO and other institutions

Ludovic Reivez Herault, PAHO
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Zika research in Brazil and the Latin American and Caribbean region

Paolo Zanotto, Institute of Biomedical Sciences, University of São Paulo
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Zika virus transmission in the US

Chris Gregory, CDC
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Zika research gaps identified by Wellcome Trust

Josie Golding, Wellcome Trust
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Thematic discussion 1: Clinical spectrum of Zika virus infection

Topic overview: Maurício Lacerda Nogueira, School of Medicine, São José do Rio Preto
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Thematic discussion 2: Pathogenesis of Zika virus infection

Topic overview: Daniel Limonta, University of Alberta
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Session on data sharing: scene setting presentations

GloPID-R WG on data sharing

Katherine Littler, Wellcome Trust
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Experience from the Ebola outbreak

Gail Carson, University of Oxford
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Data sharing experience from Zika outbreak in Brazil

Ricardo Ximenes, Fundação Universidade de Pernambuco
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Sharing of images in Zika outbreak

Stephen Kennedy, University of Oxford
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Importance of maximizing the homogeneity of data: work towards IPD meta – analysis

Nathalie Broutet, WHO
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Data sharing among EU Zika consortia

Thomas Jänisch, University of Heidelberg
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Integrating Genomics, Epidemiological and Clinical Data Using Ontology to Study Zika Virus

William Hsiao, BC Centre for Disease Control
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Day 2: Thursday December 1, 2016

Panel discussion: Clinical trial network and preparedness

REACTing network

Yazdan Yazdanpanah, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de Paris
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Caribbean experience

Bruno Hoen, Professor of Infectious Diseases, Hospital University of Guadeloupe
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Latin America Zika Preparedness Network

Annelies Wilder-Smith, coordinator of ZikaPlan consortium, Umeå University
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Australian APPRISE preparedness network

Ross Andrews, NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence
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European PREPARE network

Herman Goossens, PREPARE
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ISARIC network

Gail Carson, University of Oxford
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Thematic discussion 3: Diagnostics

Topic overview: Jan Felix Drexler, University of Bonn Medical Centre, Institute of Virology
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Thematic discussion 4: Vector studies

Topic overview: Jayme de Souza Neto, UNESP
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