The legacy of ZikaPLAN: a transnational research consortium addressing Zika

Wilder-Smith, A. et al. (2022) The legacy of ZikaPLAN: a transnational research consortium addressing Zika. Global Health Action, 14(sup1), 2008139. (doi: 10.1080/16549716.2021.2008139) (PMID:35377284) (PMCID:PMC8986226)

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Abstract

Global health research partnerships with institutions from high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries are one of the European Commission’s flagship programmes. Here, we report on the ZikaPLAN research consortium funded by the European Commission with the primary goal of addressing the urgent knowledge gaps related to the Zika epidemic and the secondary goal of building up research capacity and establishing a Latin American-European research network for emerging vector-borne diseases. Five years of collaborative research effort have led to a better understanding of the full clinical spectrum of congenital Zika syndrome in children and the neurological complications of Zika virus infections in adults and helped explore the origins and trajectory of Zika virus transmission. Individual-level data from ZikaPLAN`s cohort studies were shared for joint analyses as part of the Zika Brazilian Cohorts Consortium, the European Commission-funded Zika Cohorts Vertical Transmission Study Group, and the World Health Organization-led Zika Virus Individual Participant Data Consortium. Furthermore, the legacy of ZikaPLAN includes new tools for birth defect surveillance and a Latin American birth defect surveillance network, an enhanced Guillain-Barre Syndrome research collaboration, a de-centralized evaluation platform for diagnostic assays, a global vector control hub, and the REDe network with freely available training resources to enhance global research capacity in vector-borne diseases.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Public health, environmental and occupational health, health policy.
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Willison, Professor Hugh
Authors: Wilder-Smith, A., Brickley, E. B., Ximenes, R. A. d. A., Miranda-Filho, D. d. B., Turchi Martelli, C. M., Solomon, T., Jacobs, B. C., Pardo, C. A., Osorio, L., Parra, B., Lant, S., Willison, H. J., Leonhard, S., Turtle, L., Ferreira, M. L. B., de Oliveira Franca, R. F., Lambrechts, L., Neyts, J., Kaptein, S., Peeling, R., Boeras, D., Logan, J., Dolk, H., Orioli, I. M., Neumayr, A., Lang, T., Baker, B., Massad, E., and Preet, R.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Infection & Immunity
Journal Name:Global Health Action
Publisher:Informa UK Limited
ISSN:1654-9716
ISSN (Online):1654-9880
Published Online:04 April 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 The Authors
First Published:First published in Global Health Action 14(sup1):2008139
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons licence

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