Ebola: een harde wake-up call

Nationaal ebola actualiteitencafé op 20 oktober in Rotterdam

On October 20, RGHI and Erasmus MC will host the national ebola urgency debate. Time: 12-14h, Location: Erasmus MC, main lecture hall 2 (new education building). Event is organised together with RIVM/VWS, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Cordaid, MSF, and Netherlands Platform for Global Health Policy and Health Systems Research. Please register at vanheteren@bmg.eur.nl if you wish to attend. Coffee/tea and sandwiches will be provided.

Het Erasmus MC en het Rotterdam Global Health Initiative (RGHI)
organiseren in samenwerking met het Ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken, het RIVM, Cordaid, Artsen zonder Grenzen, de Wereldbank en de WHO, en het Netherlands Platform for Global Health Policy en Health Systems Research een nationaal actualiteitencafé rond de huidige ebola uitbraak. Het actualiteitencafé vindt plaats op maandag 20 oktober van 12.00 tot 14.00 uur. Tijdens de bijeenkomst zullen de laatste bevindingen over de infectieziekte worden uitgewisseld en discussiëren de deelnemers over verder te nemen maatregelen, zowel in Nederland als in West-Afrika.

De bijeenkomst is bedoeld voor iedereen die bezig is met de vraag hoe om te gaan met deze uitbraak, niet alleen op korte termijn maar ook op middellange termijn: (zorg)professionals, studenten, internationale ontwikkelingsorganisaties, onderzoekers, beleidsmakers en media. Het café vindt plaats in Collegezaal
2 van het Onderwijscentrum in het Erasmus MC.

Ebola is een gevaarlijke infectieziekte die al sinds 1976 bij tijd en wijle de kop op steekt. De huidige uitbraak in West-Afrika heeft echter meer slachtoffers geëist dan ooit tevoren en grijpt steeds sneller om zich heen. Wereldwijd zijn inmiddels meer dan 8000 besmettingen geregistreerd, ook buiten het oorspronkelijke rampgebied. De ziekte dreigt de economieën van de getroffen landen volledig te ontwrichten. Verschillende sprekers zullen belichten hoe de uitbraak het beste kan worden beteugeld en hoe de onderliggende oorzaken van de epidemie kunnen worden aangepakt.

Inmiddels is vanuit verschillende instituties en landen bijna een miljard dollar toegezegd voor de bestrijding van ebola, maar tot op heden lijken deze investeringen de uitbraak niet te kunnen beteugelen. Sprekers zullen belichten hoe dit geld op een efficiëntere manier kan worden besteed zodat een duurzaam en strategisch beleid kan worden vastgesteld om toekomstige uitbraken te voorkomen.

Programma (wijzigingen zijn nog mogelijk)

12.00       Welkom

12.05       Prof. dr. Marion Koopmans (Erasmus MC) Ebola, uitdagingen voor de Volksgezondheid

12.20       Prof. dr. Eric van Gorp (Erasmus MC) Feiten en Fabels rond ebola. Wat is ebola, hoe verspreidt het zich en wat zijn de verschijnselen?

12.35       Dr. Chantal Reusken (Erasmus MC) Paraatheid van internationale laboratoria

12.50       Mevr. Marjan Kruyzen (Cordaid) en een vertegenwoordiger van Artsen zonder Grenzen. Ervaringen uit Sierra Leone en Liberia. De uitdagingen van hulpverleners ter plaatse

13.15       Dr. Patricio Marquez (Wereldbank, o.v.)  Een Skype gesprek met de Wereldbank of de WHO over de wereldwijde inspanningen en investeringen

13.25       Dr. Aura Timen (LCI/RIVM) De Nederlandse paraatheid van het Landelijk Centrum Infectieziekten

13.35       Drs. J.E. van Wieren, plv hoofd directie Stabiliteit en Humanitaire Hulpverlening van het ministerie van Buitenlandse Zaken Keuzen in het beleid

13.45       Discussie: Welke inspanningen zijn zinvol en zorgen voor duurzame oplossingen?

14.00       Conclusies door internist-infectioloog prof. dr. Annelies Verbon (Erasmus MC) en beantwoording van vragen van de pers

Gespreksleiding: Godelieve van Heteren, arts, directeur van het  Rotterdam Global Health Initiative en internationale health systems and policy expert.

 

Aanmelding: rsvp naar: vanheteren@bmg.eur.nl, ovv ‘deelname ebola actualiteitencafé’.

Virology in the last 4 decades: Breakthroughs and Benefits

After more than 20 years Professor Ab Osterhaus will be handing the reigns of the department of Viroscience to Professor Marion Koopmans.

To honour him for his remarkable accomplishments during that time, and to mark the end of an era, we are pleased to announce a farewell symposium for him with the theme:

Virology in the last 4 decades: Breakthroughs and Benefits

This symposium will take place on Wednesday July 2, 2014 at WTC in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Please visit our website: www.symposium.virosciencelab.org

We have an exciting scientific program with confirmed guest speakers such as Marian Horzinek, Christian Drosten, Malik Peiris, Ralph Baric, Adolfo Garcia-Sastre, Quentin Sattentau, Geoff Smith, Eric De Clercq, and Luigi Naldini, in addition – of course – to Marion Koopmans and Ab Osterhaus.

We hope to see you there!

Please click here to view the flyer

2014 ANTIGONE One Health Course

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The 2014 ANTIGONE One Health Course will be organised by Universitätsklinikum Bonn on 15 -30 September

Course information
Emerging infectious pathogens reside in animal reservoirs and cause highly pathogenic diseases with
epidemic or epizootic potential if transmitted to humans or livestock. The emergence of new exotic pathogens
can be linked to changes in ecology and environment, human encroachment into primary ecosystems,
agricultural intensification, urbanization, global trade and travel, and socioeconomic factors. Arthropod-borne
pathogens are responsible for about one third of emerging infectious diseases. This course will focus on maintenance mechanisms, evolution and spread of vector-borne pathogens.

Course details
Summary: Immersion (lectures, practical training & excursions) in the multitude of disciplines that make up One Health
Goal: To help to equip the next generation of scientists with the holistic view required to deal with emerging infections
Target audience: Graduates from any discipline related to One Health
Time and place: 15th to 30th September 2014, Institute of Virology, University of Bonn, Germany
Fee: 350 to 2000 Euros; travel/ accommodation support for Antigone/ Emperie/ Predemics participants

Deadline for application: 20th June 2014; (onehealthcourse@virology-bonn.de)

Course in Virology 2014

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The department Viroscience of Erasmus MC organizes the Course in Virology every other year since 2002 under auspices of the Postgraduate School Molecular Medicine (MolMed). The course provides a comprehensive introduction to the field of fundamental and translational virus research. The course in virology is organised for PhD students, post-docs and medical microbiologists, who are invited to participate. During the course, national and international experts in the field of virology will present seminars. Relevant literature will be made available at the start of the course.For more information about the Cours in Virology please click here

Researchers identify “airborne” H5N1 birdflu virus properties

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New knowledge may help to prevent pandemics

Researchers at Erasmus MC Rotterdam have discovered which changes can make an H5N1 virus airborne transmissible. In the leading scientific journal Cell, they report today which combinations of mutations are responsible for virus transmission via the airways of mammals. They also identified the biological properties of the mutated virus. This is the first research into the genetic changes and the associated biological properties of the airborne transmissible H5N1 birdflu virus.

In previous work, the researchers discovered that the H5N1 birdflu virus required only few mutations to become airborne transmissible. Now, they identified which combinations of mutations are essential for virus transmission. Two mutations were found to improve the attachment of the virus to cells in the upper respiratory tract of mammals. A third mutation increased the stability of the virus, which is relevant for penetration of the cells. The two remaining mutations were responsible for subsequent efficient virus multiplication.

Some of these mutations can arise spontaneously when mammals become infected, and have already been found to occur in nature. ‘This means that the virus might evolve in nature to become transmissible via couching, sneezing, talking, or breathing. As a consequence, the H5N1 virus still represents a pandemic threat’, says virologist Ron Fouchier.

By increasing fundamental knowledge of virus transmission, it will be possible to improve surveillance programs and to identify potential pandemic threats as early as possible. In addition, the researchers will be able to better evaluate existing and new vaccines and drugs against a birdflu virus that is airborne transmissible between mammals.

The research was primarily funded through the EU FP7 programs ANTIGONE and EMPERIE and a contract with NIAID/NIH.  A link to the manuscript in Cell is here

11th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on Emerging Viral Zoonoses: Call for Applications Open (Deadline 30 April 2014)

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11th HKU-Pasteur Virology Course on Emerging Viral Zoonoses: Call for Applications Open (Deadline 30 April 2014)
We are happy to inform you about the 11th HKU-PASTEUR VIROLOGY COURSE (July 13-25, 2014). The Course will focus on Emerging Viral Zoonoses to continue our exploration of viruses and the animal/human interface. There is no need to over-emphasize the relevance of this topic, as two novel respiratory viruses, MERS-CoV and avian influenza H7N9 are making headlines around the world. The programme will address current concepts to understand the mechanisms underlying emergence and transmissibility of zoonotic viruses, with special emphasis on how zoonotic viruses can successfully cross species barriers.

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION: 30 April 2014

For more information about thuis course please visit HKU-Pasteur: www.hkupasteur.hku.hk