The legacy of ZikaPLAN: a transnational research consortium addressing Zika

Wilder-Smith, Annelies, Brickley, Elizabeth B, Ximenes, Ricardo Arraes de Alencar, Miranda-Filho, Democrito de Barros, Turchi Martelli, Celina Maria, Solomon, Tom ORCID: 0000-0001-7266-6547, Jacobs, Bart C, Pardo, Carlos A, Osorio, Lyda, Parra, Beatriz
et al (show 19 more authors) (2021) The legacy of ZikaPLAN: a transnational research consortium addressing Zika. GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION, 14 (sup1). 2008139-.

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Global health research partnerships with institutions from high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries are one of the European Commission's flagship programmes. Here, we report on the ZikaPLAN research consortium funded by the European Commission with the primary goal of addressing the urgent knowledge gaps related to the Zika epidemic and the secondary goal of building up research capacity and establishing a Latin American-European research network for emerging vector-borne diseases. Five years of collaborative research effort have led to a better understanding of the full clinical spectrum of congenital Zika syndrome in children and the neurological complications of Zika virus infections in adults and helped explore the origins and trajectory of Zika virus transmission. Individual-level data from ZikaPLAN`s cohort studies were shared for joint analyses as part of the Zika Brazilian Cohorts Consortium, the European Commission-funded Zika Cohorts Vertical Transmission Study Group, and the World Health Organization-led Zika Virus Individual Participant Data Consortium. Furthermore, the legacy of ZikaPLAN includes new tools for birth defect surveillance and a Latin American birth defect surveillance network, an enhanced Guillain-Barre Syndrome research collaboration, a de-centralized evaluation platform for diagnostic assays, a global vector control hub, and the REDe network with freely available training resources to enhance global research capacity in vector-borne diseases.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Zika, congenital Zika syndrome, birth defect, epidemic preparedness, research capacity building, European Commission, microcephaly, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, encephalitis, sustainability
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Infection, Veterinary and Ecological Sciences
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 13 May 2022 13:47
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2023 21:03
DOI: 10.1080/16549716.2021.2008139
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