Strengthening capacities of influenza laboratory experts: WHO course for National Influenza Centres on Principles of PCR assays’ development and validation

St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, 25-29 May 2015

 5-day training course will take place on 25-29 May 2015 in St. Petersburg, the Russian Federation, as part of an annual WHO program on training of influenza virologists and Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013 – 2016. The training course will be organized by WHO/Europe in collaboration with the WHO-recognized National Influenza Centre at the Research Institute of Influenza of the Ministry of Health, the Russian Federation. 

The main objective of the course is to strengthen NICs' capacities and influenza virological surveillance in the WHO European Region and to provide participants with the competencies to perform molecular identification of circulating human and emerging influenza virus strains and validation of molecular assays for seasonal and emerging influenza viruses.