|[September 26, 2013]
Moscow Meeting of Top Virus Researchers Catalyzes Global Collaborations
BALTIMORE --(Business Wire)--
Members of the Global
Virus Network (GVN), which includes foremost experts in every class
of human virus, and representing more than 20 countries, met in Moscow
this month to share information on devastating viral threats. Top
scientists shared intelligence on an array of diseases threatening
global health, including China's H7N9 influenza epidemic, the alarming
rise in measles cases in Europe and the United States, the unexpected
re-emergence of polio, and insidious viruses causing cancer lymphomas,
to name a few. Robert
C. Gallo, MD, GVN Co-Founder and Scientific Director, said, "The
scientific presentations at the meeting were terrific and varied. The
meeting helped forge collaborations around the world that might not
otherwise exist. For example, during the meeting we launched an
important training program between researchers and clinicians at our
Institute in Baltimore and with those in Moscow and surrounding regions
Newly elected Chairman of the GVN Board of Directors G.
Steven Burrill, Chief Executive Officer of Burrill & Company, said,
"What once was a regional epidemic today grows exponentially into a
global threat due to international travel, trade and other factors. A
strong, interconnected network of medical virologists - a GVN - is
mankind's best defense against new and existing viral threats." Burrill
continued, "In Moscow, we strengthened our network through
scientist-to-scientist exchanges on drug and vaccine develoment on a
range of critical viral diseases, including HIV/AIDS, hepatitis,
measles, influenza, enterovirus, polio hemorrhagic fever and the 20% of
cancers caused by viruses. Face-to-face meetings of scientists are
essential in pushing knowledge forward. Our gathering of world leaders
in medical virology is a vital element to success against viral foes."
Co-founded in 2011 by Dr. Gallo, most widely known for his pioneering
discoveries of the first human retroviruses, co-discovery of HIV as the
cause of AIDS, and development of the HIV blood test, and his colleagues
William Hall, MD, PhD, Chair of Medical Microbiology and Director of the
Centre for Research in Infectious Diseases at University College
Dublin's (UCD) School of Medicine and Medical Science in Dublin,
Ireland, and Reinhard Kurth, MD, former Director of the Paul Ehrlich
Institute and the Robert Koch Institute and Chairman of the Foundation
Council at Ernst Schering Foundation in Berlin, Germany, GVN fulfills
the need for substantive increases in global collaboration to overcome
gaps in research during the earliest phases of viral epidemics and
medical training programs enhancing the numbers of rising medical
virologists trained to meet these challenges.
"Research presented in Moscow was very stimulating, and Moscow served as
a catalyst for scientific collaborations that would not otherwise have
been initiated," said Gallo, also Director of the Institute
of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.
"We are all very grateful to our GVN Russian Center of Excellence Head
and host of the meeting, Alexey
Mazus, MD, Chief Expert on HIV/AIDS for the Russian Federation
Ministry of Health and Head of the Moscow Center for HIV/AIDS Prevention
and Treatment. We look forward to launching our new collaboration."
GVN President Sharon
Hrynkow, PhD welcomed the announcement by Dr. Mazus explaining that
the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland School of
Medicine will serve as the first training site for young Russian
scientists. Hrynkow continued, "In addition to training in clinical
virology, we hope to expand our relationship with the Russian GVN to
include training for post-doctoral research fellows and other
scholarships in medical virology, building on the strong foundation in
virology already present in Russia."
In addition to the Russian GVN and IHV GVN Center of Excellence
collaboration announcement, IHV Associate Director and Director of the
Clinical Care and Research Division, Robert Redfield, MD and his John
Hopkins University colleague John Bartlett, MD and Dr. Mazus released a
Russian clinical training book, "Medical Management of HIV Infection,"
in partnership with the GVN.
GVN will hold its next meeting in Xi'an, China in May 2014.
About Global Virus Network (GVN)
The Global Virus Network (GVN) is a non-profit, 501(c)(3)
organization, comprised of leading medical virologists from more than 20
countries. The GVN's mission is to combat current and emerging pandemic
viral threats through international collaborative research, training the
next generation of medical virologists, and advocacy. For more
information, please contact Nora Grannell at email@example.com
and visit www.gvn.org.
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