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Official announcement on international collaborative research for viral hemorrhagic fevers with Africa sponsored by Korea National Institute of Health, KCDC
  • Date2018-06-08 13:12
  • Update2018-06-08 13:39
  • DivisionDivision of Emerging Infectious Disease and Vector Research
  • Tel043-719-8510
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Official announcement on international collaborative research for viral hemorrhagic fevers with Africa

[Preface]
The Korea National Institute of Health (KNIH), a research organization under the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) and Ministry of Health & Welfare is devoted for promoting the public health through the research on infectious and non-infectious diseases.
Viral hemorrhagic fevers are important causes resulting in major epidemics in Africa. Ensuring global health securities to hemorrhagic fever viruses, international cooperation is the most important for the prevention human infections. In this view, rapid and accurate detection for viral hemorrhagic fevers is one of important measures to prevent and control the human infections.
For this, KNIH has been developed the Real time RT-PCR method to detect viruses causing hemorrhagic fevers from clinical specimens. It is important to verify the efficacy using human specimens.
Therefore, KNIH would like to conduct a cooperative research for laboratory study with African countries (institutes) on evaluation of Real-time RT-PCR kit to viral hemorrhagic fevers including Ebola, Marburg virus, lassa virus.

[Details of the Project]
1. Title : Establishment of research base center in Africa through international collaborative research for viral hemorrhagic fevers
2. Funding: Annual fund for African countries (Institutes) will be provided around US$ 65,000 (₩ 75,000,000) per year. 
                 The final budget will be adjusted with the results of evaluation
3. Research period: 2018 (after the contract) – December 2019 
                            (1st year: After the contract - March 31 2019, 
                             2nd year: April 1 2019 - December 31 2019)
4. Field of Interesting:
  - Strengthening capacity for surveillance and preparedness against VHFs in Africa country
   : Evaluation of Real time RT-PCR kit developed by KNIH to clinical samples for viral hemorrhagic fevers including ebola virus, Marburg virus, lassa virus (on-site training, assessment and so on)
   : Development and assessment of genomics driven near-field based diagnostic system for high-risk VHFs
     . Collecting and securing the clinical sample: Positive and negative sera to viral hemorrhagic fevers (ebola virus, Marburg virus, lassa virus, etc.)
     . Processing the clinical specimens and conduction of Real-time RT-PCR 
  - Sharing of research resources including clinical specimens and genetic materials
  - Enforcement of capacity through training of staff and/or sharing the practical experience with Korean scientists by participating in such exercises in Africa
5. Affiliation: Government Institute, University, Hospital, etc
6. Reporting system
  - The application should be written in MS word English and submitted before June 17, 2018 via e-mail

< Address for Airmail >
Division of New Emerging Infectious & Vector Research
Center for Infectious Diseases Research, National Institute of Health
Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
187, Osongsaengmyeong 2-ro, Cheongju-si,
Chungcheongbuk-do 28159, South Korea
TEL : +82-43-719- 8510 FAX : +82-43-719-8519, email :limhy0919@korea.kr

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