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West Nile Integrated Shield Project: Epidemiology, Diagnosis and Prevention of West Nile Virus in Europe

Objective

The world is facing a variety of viral infections of high pathogenic potential. These are either novel or formerly only endemic in specific areas of the world. It is intrinsic to such emerging diseases that actions to prevent and fight them must be taken while the number of infections is still relatively low and geographically restricted. Therefore, research efforts are required well before large outbreaks occur. In addition, effective surveillance networks for a given emerging disease must be established in time. Only with tools for treatment and control (such as vaccines) it will be possible to avoid major uncontrolled outbreaks. This proposal aims at the development of these tools for the control and prevention of one of the most threatening vector-borne emerging diseases, West Nile Fever, caused by West Nile Virus (WNV), which has recently spread through North America. Although the viral strains are similar in America and Europe, different conditions for a WNV epidemic have to be taken into account, like insect vectors, reservoir hosts (birds) and their endemic virus populations plus specialities of European climate and geography. To achieve the goals of the call and to make a significant impact in the enhancement of Europe´s preparedness to WNV, the consortium has defined three major scientific and technical objectives. Firstly, to develop a diagnostic system for WNV-infections, which has no cross-reaction with other common flavivirus infections. Secondly, to develop a vaccine for humans and last but not least to establish a scientific network to collect, investigate and standardize biological data associated with WNV records using standardized methods. Several European Institutes supported by US scientist experienced with the North American outbreak will be collaborating to fight the disease from a European perspective.

Call for proposal

FP7-HEALTH-2010-single-stage
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Funding Scheme

CP-FP - Small or medium-scale focused research project

Coordinator

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Munchen
Germany
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 427 720,10
Administrative Contact
Andrea Zeumann (Ms.)

Participants (8)

UNIVERSITAET LEIPZIG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 297 950
Address
Ritterstrasse 26
04109 Leipzig
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Gerhard Fuchs (Mr.)
STICHTING BIOMEDICAL PRIMATE RESEARCH CENTER
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 508 135,50
Address
Lange Kleiweg 161
2288 GJ Rijswijk Zh
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Ernst Verschoor (Dr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 330 434
Address
Via 8 Febbraio 2
35122 Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Giorgio Palù (Prof.)
University of Zurich
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 98 640
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Kurt Bürki (Prof.)
UNIVERSITEIT GENT
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 341 144,40
Address
Sint Pietersnieuwstraat 25
9000 Gent
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Saskia Vanden Broeck (Ms.)
THE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY CORPORATION
United States
EU contribution
€ 308 613
Address
Office Of Sponsored Research Services -One Brookings Drive
MO 63130-4899 St Louis
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Connie Motoki
NOVAVAX AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 474 660
Address
Kungsgatan 109
753 18 Uppsala
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Gerd Rundström (Dr.)
GENETIC IMMUNITY KUTATASI FEJLESZTESI ES SZOLGALTATO KFT
Hungary
EU contribution
€ 151 200
Address
Berlini U 47-49
1045 Budapest
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katalin Hermann (Ms.)