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Understanding (harmful) virus-host interactions by linking virology and bioinformatics

Objective

Viruses are currently at the forefront of scientific priorities of many national research councils and the EU. Viruses will remain an urgent topic given the continuously growing and aging global population, creating major challenges for health science, technology and society as a whole. Besides their important role as human and animal pathogens, the beneficial, commensal or harmful functions of viruses are poorly understood. Fundamental questions in virology can only be tackled with the help of bioinformatics. However, the required sophisticated bioinformatics tools are not readily available.

By developing and applying tailored bioinformatical tools in important virological models, this ITN, called VIROINF, will provide a better understanding of viruses and the interaction with their hosts, with the aim of giving virologists potent new `weapons' to fight against emerging and established viruses. VIROINF will open the door to develop novel strategies to better understand, treat, and control viral diseases, in addition to understanding the broader ecology and evolution of viruses. The key feature of VIROINF is its interdisciplinary nature, which brings together virologists and bioinformaticians to achieve common goals.

The research programme will train a badly needed new generation of young scientists with excellent understanding and skills in virology, cell biology and bioinformatics, to the great benefit and advancement of the field. VIROINF is unique by its special triple supervision in two distinct subjects (virology and bioinformatics) from at least two organisations. Our ESRs will be trained at the very forefront of this rapidly developing field, by gaining state-of-the-art insights into both theoretical and empirical science. The ESRs will be in an ideal position to encourage the bioinformatical development of the field in academia, or by implementing their knowledge to solve practical problems in the non-academic sector.

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/microbiology/virology

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2020
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-ETN - European Training Networks

Coordinator

FRIEDRICH-SCHILLER-UNIVERSITAT JENA
Address
Furstengraben 1
07743 Jena
Germany
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40

Participants (14)

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
EU contribution
€ 274 802,04
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 281 276,64
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FREIE UNIVERSITAET BERLIN
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Kaiserswerther Strasse 16-18
14195 Berlin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Ingolstadter Landstrasse 1
85764 Neuherberg
Activity type
Research Organisations
JULIUS-MAXIMILIANS-UNIVERSITAT WURZBURG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Sanderring 2
97070 Wuerzburg
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 281 276,64
Address
Ramistrasse 71
8006 Zurich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
ROBERT KOCH-INSTITUT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Nordufer 20
13353 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Geert Grooteplein Noord 9
6525 EZ Nijmegen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 303 172,56
Address
University Avenue
G12 8QQ Glasgow
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 256 320
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITATSMEDIZIN GREIFSWALD KORPERSCHAFT DES OFFENTLICHEN RECHTS
Germany
EU contribution
€ 252 788,40
Address
Fleischmannstrasse 8
17489 Greifswald
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 265 619,88
Address
Heidelberglaan 8
3584 CS Utrecht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 264 207,24
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
WEIZMANN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE
Israel
EU contribution
€ 263 500,92
Address
Herzl Street 234
7610001 Rehovot
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments