The Global Virus Network (GVN) was co-founded in 2011 by Robert Gallo, MD of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, William Hall, MD, PhD of University College Dublin and the late Reinhard Kurth, MD, PhD, of the Robert Koch Institute.

The GVN is an essential and critical defense against viral disease. It is a coalition comprised of leading virologists spanning 63 Centers, 11 Affiliates, and 35 countries worldwide, all working to advance knowledge about how viruses make us sick and to develop drugs and vaccines to prevent illness and death. No single institution in the world has expertise in all viral areas. GVN brings the best medical virologists together to leverage individual strengths and to focus global teams of scientists on key scientific problems.

The power of GVN lies in its global reach, the depth of its science, and its commitment to solving viral challenges facing the human population. No other entity exists like the GVN.


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GVN supports its scientists through small grants that allow new lines of research to move forward. And, in outbreak situations, GVN experts stand ready to provide critical insights that will be integral for containment and prevention measures.


Public Education

GVN provides authoritative science-driven information to the public and policymakers about viruses and vaccines through a spectrum of outreach initiatives and digital forums.



GVN works with governments and research funding agencies worldwide to ensure that budgets for research and training are increased to meet the critical demands of today.

Declaration of Support for a Global Virus Network

WE, EXPERTS represent Centers of Excellence for research in medical virology from across the globe. Our work is dedicated to understanding, preventing and eradicating viral disease threats to mankind.

WE AFFIRM the need for new programs to coordinate, support and promote research that bridges the gap between virus surveillance and public health implementation.

WE GATHER in Washington, D.C. to support goals and ideals of the Global Virus Network, a new approach to fostering true collaboration among all regions and all peoples of the world.
Seeking to improve the immediate responses to emerging viral threats, train future generations of medical virologists, and advise governments or non-governmental organizations on viral disease threats and their control, the Global Virus Network fills a critical need in international health for today and into the future.

Signed this day March 3, 2011, Washington, D.C.