During the 6th African Network for the Surveillance of Influenza (ANISE) in Antananarivo, GISAID and isirv - in collaboration with Institut Pasteur de Madagascar and the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Programme (GIP), supported by USAID - held a two-day training workshop on genetic sequence analysis of influenza viruses to provide training for monitoring sequence variation among influenza viruses in relation to surveillance of influenza epidemics and detection of resistance to influenza antiviral drugs.
GISAID and isirv in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS) held a training workshop on genetic sequence analysis of influenza viruses to provide training in the use of the GISAID EpiFlu™ 2.0 database for monitoring sequence variation among influenza viruses in relation to surveillance of influenza epidemics and detection of resistance to influenza antiviral drugs.
A 2-day training workshop on genetic analyses of influenza viruses, in conjunction with the WHO Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System and the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, was held at the Polytechnic University.
33 trainees, from 24 countries, received instruction in the use of GISAID’s new EpiFlu™ 2.0 database application, with an introduction of novel features and advanced analysis tools, for the identification and interpretation of mutations, underlying the evolution and antigenic variation of human and animal influenza viruses. Participants received financial support from the WHO, its Western Pacific regional office and isirv.
The 2-day expert workshop attracted 117 registered participants from 18 countries, more than expected and almost full capacity (125) of the auditorium. The program covered various aspects of current sequencing technologies, data processing and analysis of data for a variety of RNA viruses, with a particular focus on quality and interpretation of results and the significance and use of NGS data for public and animal health.
The success of the workshop was reflected in some excellent feedback, in particular as regards its timeliness, coverage of the different sequence platforms and analysis pipelines, and variety of RNA viruses discussed. Many participants saw this workshop as a prelude to a subsequent hands-on workshop with more in-depth bioinformatics training.
The GISAID-WHO Training Workshop was organized by the Research Institute of Influenza of the Russian Federation in collaboration with GISAID and the WHO Regional Office for Europe, with generous financial support from the Global Influenza Program (GISRS) of WHO and the Federal Republic of Germany. The 2-day training workshop attracted 39 trainees from Russia and the 8 CIS countries, Georgia, Ukraine and the 3 Baltic States, 11 of which were from veterinary/animal health institutions.
The purpose of the workshop was to enable laboratories interested in influenza to benefit from the extensive cumulative data in the GISAID EpiFlu™ database, in relation to the epidemiology of human and animal influenza, the evolution of influenza viruses and the emergence and spread of novel genetic (and antigenic) variants.
In particular, training in the use of the database was aimed at assisting animal and human health laboratories to understand the significance of sequence data on ‘their’ influenza viruses in relation to viruses circulating more widely, especially during outbreaks and epidemics, and at promoting increased interaction between veterinary and public health institutions involved in influenza surveillance and research.
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GISAID and the isirv Antiviral Group in collaboration with the World Health Organization’s Global Influenza Surveillance and Response System (GISRS), and the support of the Federal Republic of Germany, organized a short training workshop on genetic sequence analysis of influenza viruses and molecular detection of antiviral resistance.
The topics covered by the lectures included: analysis and interpretation of sequence data on the GISAID platform; genotypic detection of mutations affecting antiviral susceptibility; influenza antivirals, emergence of resistance and surveillance; phenotypic assays of NAI susceptibility.
The purpose of the workshop was to provide training to representatives of influenza laboratories in African and other low resource countries in the use of the GISAID EpiFlu™ database for monitoring sequence variation among influenza viruses in relation to surveillance of influenza epidemics and detection of resistance to influenza antiviral drugs.
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