UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation

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The University’s Institute of Infection and Global Health has been engaged in research in Brazil since 2016, following the emergence of Zika virus and the recognition of its association with neurological disease. Working with the leading public health institute Fiocruz on projects funded by the NIHR, MRC, Wellcome Trust, Newton Fund and EU, the group has been studying Zika-associated neurological disease, improving Zika diagnostic testing and engaging with families affected by Zika virus and the wider public, aiming to prepare for the next outbreak. Alongside this, they have also established new collaborative projects, such as the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Brain Infections, led by Professor Tom Solomon.

 

British Consul, Graham Tidey, who helped organize the event explained, 'The idea of this meeting is to show the public how these collaborative projects are helping advance academia and society.”  Rui Lopes, the Deputy Director of the UK-Brazil Science and Innovation team, added, "The UK has a leading track record in the globalization of science. The Newton Fund [UK government fund for development of science and innovation partnerships] provides investment in this area and we are committed to having people working here specifically on this”.

“It was fantastic to present the exciting results of our work on Zika to such a receptive audience, almost all of who will have experienced the 2015-16 epidemic first-hand” said Suzannah Lant, who is based in Recife conducting research into Zika and neurological disease. "As a result of our initial collaborations, we have been able to set up further, broader projects like 'Brain Infections Global', which aims to improve management of patients with any brain infection, not just those that are related to Zika.” 

Dr Bhagteshwar Singh, clinical research fellow for the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Brains Infections, and member of the HPRU in EZI, delivered a talk on the Brain Infections Global study’s progress so far in Brazil, India and Malawi. Other speakers included Professor Celina Turchi, director of Recife’s Microcephaly Epidemic Research Group (MERG); Professor Annelies Wilder-Smith, who reported on work of the EU-funded ZikaPLAN consortium and challenges in developing and testing a vaccine for zika; and Dr Lúcia Brito, a neurologist and collaborator on the ZikaPLAN and NIHR Liverpool-Fiocruz projects. 

For more information about the Liverpool's work in Brazil and the UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation please visit: 

ZikaPLAN

https://zikaplan.tghn.org/

Brain Infections Global

https://braininfectionsglobal.tghn.org

Public Engagement

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/infection-and-global-health/public-engagement/zika-engagement/

UK-Brazil Year of Science and Innovation

http://www.ukbryearofscience.com/en/

 

 

Posted on: 01/04/2019