Affiliates

Affiliates are virus research institutions that are members of the GVN through an existing GVN Center of Excellence.  Affiliates, which are “twinned” with GVN Centers of Excellence, work closely with these appointed Centers to grow their expertise.

Estonia

 

University of Tartu
Ülikooli 18
50090 Tartu

The University of Tartu is Estonia’s leading center of research and training. It preserves the culture of the Estonian people and spearheads the country’s reputation in research and provision of higher education. UT belongs to the top 3% of world’s best universities. The academic structure of the university consists of institutes and colleges of four faculties and university’s institutions not affiliated to any faculty. To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has entered into bilateral co-operation agreements with 64 partner institutions in 23 countries.

Affiliated through the Karolinska Institute-Karolinska University Hospital

Center Director: Dr. Andres Merits
Member Researchers: Irja Lutsar, Mart Ustav, Irina Golovljova, Erkki Truve

 


Grenada

 

St. George’s University, Grenada, West Indies
University Centre
True Blue

With more than 14,000 graduates—more than 12,000 of which are practicing medicine across the world—a campus that includes professors and students from over 140 different countries, and a clinical training program involving more than 70 affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the US and the UK, St. George’s University has earned a worldwide reputation as a leading international center for medical education and a beacon of academic excellence.  Today, over 6,000 students are enrolled and studying in 48 dynamic academic degree programs. There are almost four hundred Basic Sciences faculty at the True Blue campus in Grenada, and over 1,600 clinical faculty at the School of Medicine’s over 70 affiliated hospitals and clinical centers in the United States, Canada, Grenada and the United Kingdom.

Affiliated through the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Center Director: Dr. Calum MacPherson
Member Researcher: Drs. Diana Stone, Kathryn Gibson,  Sonia Cheetham-Brow

 


India

 

Institute of Advanced Virology
Sasthra Bhavan, Pattom, Thiruvananthapuram.
Kerala 695004

The Institute of Advanced Virology established in 2019 in the Bio 360 Life Sciences Park, Thonnakkal, Trivandrum by the Government of Kerala is envisioned as an institute of global standards networking Global Virology Institutes with most modern laboratories focusing research, diagnosis and management of emerging and re-emerging infectious viral diseases. It will be a centre of excellence to work in collaboration with international institutions for training and education in the context of research covering basic science and translational research, providing sufficient scientific inputs to enable the prevention and control of viral infections.

Affiliated through the Hokkaido University (HU), Sapporo, Japan and University College, Dublin (UCD)

 

Center Director: E. Sreekumar.
Member Researchers: Dr Mohanan V, Mr. Johny, Mr. Vinod Kumar

 


Monaco

 

 

 

 

Centre Scientifique de Monaco (CSM)
8 Quai Antoine 1er, 98000 Principauté de Monaco
Monaco

Dedicated to scientific research, fundamental and applied, the work developed by the teams of the Monaco Scientific Center (CSM) are grouped into three departments. The primary concern of researchers in these departments is to study the bases of the functioning of organisms in order to better understand, and therefore better anticipate, the effects of environmental stresses (Physiology of Conservation) or therapeutic treatments (Translational Biology). The proximity of researchers favors rich exchanges that should bring new ideas to the boundaries of disciplines. The juxtaposition of these different teams within the same establishment makes possible the creation of promising and original interface programs, for example using coral to better elucidate for example the mysteries of aging.The Center has a large international attractiveness with more than 70 employees coming from 15 different countries (including Europe, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Palau, Brazil, Caribbean, Canada, Oman, Saudi Arabia …) since 2013, date of installation of the CSM in its new facilities of Quai Antoine Ier.

Department of Marine Biology

Specialized in Coral and coral reefs, this department includes the two “historical” teams of the Monaco Scientific Center, the Physiology and Biochemistry Team and the Ecophysiology and Ecology Team, created at the beginning of 1990s. An Environmental Economics theme addresses the socio-economic aspect of climate change. The complementarity of skills within this Department allows the development of an interdisciplinary research of the highest scientific level ranging from the gene to the ecosystem by integrating the socio-economic dimension.

Department of Polar Biology

Created in 2010 as part of an International Associated Laboratory (LIA BioSensib 647 – CSM – CNRS – University of Strasbourg), this department provides the scientific basis for the use of penguins as an indicator of changes in polar ecosystems.
Department of Medical Biology

This department closely associates basic and clinical research in the form of three activities:

  1. A Human Health Cluster bringing together a resources agency to develop clinical research projects in the Principality of Monaco in the Princess Grace Hospital (CHPG) and the two clinics, the Monaco Institute of Sports Medicine (IM2S) and the Monaco Cardio-Thoracic Center (CCM) and a collaborating center of the World Health Organization (WHO) on Health and Sustainable Development.
  2. An International Observatory on Sickle Cell Disease, “Monacord”
  3. Four Translational Research Teams:
    1. Two teams specialized in the study of the metabolic properties of cancer cells and the development of innovative therapies aimed at reducing the metabolism of the cancer cell by inhibiting its vascularization or its nutrition: “Mechanisms of resistance to targeted therapies” and “Hypoxia and metabolism”.
    2. A team specializing in the study of interactions between the gut microbiota and the immune system and the role of probiotics “Ecosystems and Immunity”,
    3. A team created within the framework of an International Associated Laboratory with the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines: “Biotherapies Applied to Neuromuscular Handicaps” (LIA BAHN).

The CSM is also involved in several SARS-CoV-2 related projects (community-based). These projects aim to evaluate diagnostic tools both on molecular and serological methods.

  • RT-PCR
  • Rapid antigenic test
  • Binding and neutralizing antibodies”

Zhu, Feng, et al. “WHO international standard for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies to determine markers of protection.” The Lancet Microbe 3.2 (2022): e81-e82.

Center Director: Dr. Patrick Rampal


Jamaica

The University of the West Indies Virology Laboratory, located in Jamaica’s capital city, Kingston, provides clinical diagnostic services and is the major virus research facility within the country. The Virology Laboratory works closely with the Ministry of Health and provides national diagnostic laboratory testing for dengue, chikungunya, Zika and influenza viruses. Research activities focus on these viruses as well as HIV, all viral infections of national importance. The Virology Laboratory is currently expanding to include a biosafety level 3 (BSL-3) laboratory for work with viral agents capable of causing severe disease.

Affiliated through the University at Buffalo HIV and HCV Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory and Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine Affiliated Researcher

Center Director: Joshua Anzinger

 


Trinidad and Tobago

 

The University of West Indies, St. Augustine Campus
Department of Pre-clinical Sciences
Faculty of Medical Sciences
Trinidad and Tobago

The Faculty of Medical Sciences at the University of the West Indies St. Augustine Campus in Trinidad & Tobago is situated at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt. Hope and comprise the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Veterinary Medicine, Pharmacy and Advanced Nursing Education. The campus has well-equipped research laboratories with excellent internet and institutional IT support. Virology research at the faculty includes a variety of projects under the banner of our Tropical Medicine (Infectious Diseases) Cluster which, in addition to virology, brings together expertise in virus evolution and phylogenetics, molecular genetics, epidemiology, viral genomics, immunology, veterinary medicine, diagnostics, public health and One Health.

Our virus research typically involves sampling and sequencing viruses from vector, human and animal host populations then using serological, molecular genetic, phylogenetic and bioinformatic techniques to (i) characterise the viruses, their molecular epidemiology and host immune responses against them, (ii) estimate evolutionary histories, past population dynamics and patterns of spatial diffusion, and (iii) infer underlying evolutionary and environmental driving forces. We have investigated a variety of important human and animal pathogens vectored by mosquito, tick, culicoides and bats including dengue, yellow fever, Chikungunya and Zika viruses, rabies virus, bluetongue virus, influenza viruses and coronaviruses. We also maintain strong links with medical doctors and veterinarians, the Ministry of Health, the Caribbean Public Health Agency, and existing Caribbean health networks.

Affiliated through the University at Buffalo, USA.

Center Director: Dr. Christine V. F. Carrington

Member Researchers: Drs. Christopher Oura, Jerome Foster, Stanley Giddings, Karla Georges

 


Uzbekistan

 

 

Research Institute of Virology of the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan
100194, Uzbekistan, Tashkent City
Yunusabad, 3 block, Yangi Shakhar street, 7А
Phone (fax): (99871) 224-83-26

The Institute was established December 27, 1978. It works in accordance with the legislation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Charter approved by the Ministry of Health of the Republic of Uzbekistan.  The Institute works in HIV/AIDS, viral hepatitis, cirrhosis of viral etiology, new and emerging infections, influenza and intestinal infections.  Control of infectious diseases is carried out through the introduction of scientific, methodological and coordination activities in the field of virology and the provision of highly specialized medical care in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral diseases. The Institute’s divisions include a laboratory of new and newly emerging viral infections (in the structure of National Center for influenza), reference laboratory of viral infections, temporary group for the realization of projects, Department of molecular-genetic analysis and cultural research, International Department, Clinic (I-Department of Children's infection diarrhea disease, II-Department of HIV/AIDS – infectious patients, III-Department of acute viral hepatitis, IV-Department of chronic viral hepatitis, V-Department of chronic viral hepatitis and the liver cirrhosis, Reanimation department, Department of intensive therapy, laboratory-diagnostic and auxiliary departments and rooms, ambulatory-outpatient, diagnostic-hepatological Center, administrative and managerial, engineering-technical center, household utility and other services).

Affiliated through Istituto Nazionale Tumori “Fondazione Pascale” National Cancer Institute, Naples. Russian Smorodintsev Research Institute of Influenza (SRII) and Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, USA

 

Center Director: Dr. Erkin Musabaev, MoH

Member Researchers: Khikmatullaeva Aziza Saydullaevna, Alieva Larisa Evgenevna, Ibadullaeva Nargiz Sapievna, Mamatova Ranohon Nadjmiddinovna, Asilova Mukhayyo Ubaevna, Abdukadirova Muazzam Alievna, Rakhimov Ravshan Abdullaevich, Aliev Bahrom Rakhimberdievich, Ismailov Umed Yusupovich, Egamova Intizor Normukhammedovna, Joldasova Elizaveta Arustanovna, Khodjaeva Malika Erkinovna


Vietnam

 

 

Vietnamese National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology

The Laboratory of Molecular Diagnostics at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE) has a strong collaboration with University College Dublin through the Ireland Vietnam Blood Borne Virus Initiative (IVVI) and is also a satellite member of the Global Institution for Collaborative Research and Education (GI-CoRE). Research activities are focused on the molecular epidemiology of HIV, HBV and HCV in Vietnam. The Laboratory is an affiliate member of the GVN through its association with UCD.

Affiliated through the Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases University College Dublin

Center Director: Dr. Lan Anh Nguyen

 


Zambia

 

 

Zambia and the Africa Center of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA)
School of Veterinary Medicine
University of Zambia
P.O. Box 32379
Lusaka, Zambia

The Africa Center of Excellence for Infectious Diseases of Humans and Animals (ACEIDHA) was established at the University of Zambia through a World Bank initiative. The increased reports in Africa of emerging and zoonotic diseases, such as, influenza, Ebola virus infections and Rift Valley fever are of major public health concern. As a result, ACEIDHA was established with the main aim of delivering high quality research and training at MSc and PhD levels to students in Africa, so as to reduce the identified critical shortage of skilled human resource in the diagnosis, prevention and control of infectious diseases on the continent. The ACEIDHA with its collaborators boasts of the finest biomedical research facilities on the continent ranging from Biosafety Level (BSL) 2 to BSL 3 laboratories. The center has four thematic areas that include emerging and zoonotic viral diseases, emerging and zoonotic bacterial diseases including antimicrobial resistance, neglected tropical diseases and vector-borne zoonotic diseases with the main focus of elucidating the ecology of pathogens in environments with a diverse complex ecosystem of nature.

Affiliated through the Research Center for Zoonosis Control at Hokkaido University and Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases, University College Dublin

Center Director: Dr. Bernard Hang’ombe

Member Researchers: William Hall, Hiroshi Kida, Yasuhika Suzuki, Hirofumi Sawa, Ayata Takada, Chihiro Sugimoto, Eystein Skjerve

 


Zimbabwe

 

 

 

University of Zimbabwe College of Health Sciences
Clinical Trials Research Centre
PO Box A178
Avondale, Harare, Zimbabwe

Harare is home to a NIH AIDS Clinical Trials Unit that conducts research with NIAID HIV Research networks including the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), International Maternal Pediatric and Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials (IMPAACT), and Microbial Trials Network (MTN). In addition, UZ has a NIAID HIV Clinical Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory. These clinical research networks are led by senior clinical scientists who have been involved in international multicenter trials for the past two decades hence their ability to contribute to the HIV, HBV, HCV, HPV, and other global virology research agendas. A number of NIH funded studies exist including training programs such as e.g., International Clinical, Operational and Health Services Research Training Award for AIDS and TB (ICOHRTA AIDS/TB) as well as the PEPFAR funded Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI).The Antiviral Pharmacology Laboratory was initially funded as a developmental International Pharmacology Specialty Laboratory and in 2015 gained status as an ACTG International Specialty Pharmacology Laboratory. This change in status reflected successful external assessment for its readiness to participate in protocol support for ACTG as well as other networks within the Clinical Trails Unit - Virology Program. The interface among the HIV Research Networks allows the clinical pharmacology laboratory to contribute drug assays, pharmacokinetic, pharmacodynamics, drug interactions and pharmacogenomics research to HIV prevention and treatment research protocols in adults, pediatrics, adolescents, pregnant women, as well as to cure, vaccines, and co-infection (e.g., TB, HBV, HPV) protocols.

Affiliated through the University at Buffalo HIV and HCV Clinical Pharmacology Laboratory

Center Director: Professor CC Maponga, PharmD, MHPE

Co-Director: Justen Manasa, PhD

Member Researchers: Rachael Mandishora, Leo Katsidzira, Wisdom Mudombi, Mashal Munjoma, James Hakim, Mike Chirenje, Lynda Stranix Chibanda, Owen Mugurungi, Sekesai Zinyowera