2016 International meeting of the Global Virus Network

Antiviral Res. 2017 Jun;142:21-29. doi: 10.1016/j.antiviral.2017.03.005. Epub 2017 Mar 16.


The Global Virus Network (GVN) was established in 2011 in order to strengthen research and responses to current viral causes of human disease and to prepare against new viral pandemic threats. There are now 38 GVN Centers of Excellence and 6 Affiliate laboratories in 24 countries. GVN scientists meet annually to learn about each other's current research, address collaborative priorities and plan future programs. The 2016 meeting was held from October 23-25 in Hokkaido, Japan, in partnership with the Japanese Society for Virology, the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of Japan and the Research Center for Zoonosis Control of Hokkaido University. This report highlights the accomplishments of GVN researchers in many priority areas of medical virology, including the current Zika epidemic, infections by human papillomavirus, influenza, Ebola, Lassa, dengue, HIV, hepatitis C, and chikungunya viruses, and the development of improved diagnostics and new vaccines.

Keywords: Emerging viruses; Global Virus Network; International collaborations; Medical virology.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Communicable Diseases / epidemiology
  • Communicable Diseases / therapy
  • Communicable Diseases / virology*
  • Congresses as Topic
  • Disease Outbreaks
  • Epidemiological Monitoring
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation*
  • Japan
  • Pandemics
  • Research
  • Viruses / pathogenicity*
  • Zoonoses