Strengthening capacities of influenza laboratory experts: WHO course for National Influenza Centres on Influenza Bioinformatics Basics

7-11 September 2015, St. Petersburg, Russian Federation

A 5-day training course is taking place on 7-11 September 2015 in St. Petersburg, 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 is organized by WHO/Europe in collaboration with the WHO-recognized National Influenza Centre at the Research Institute of Influenza of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation. 

The course covers basic bioinformatics skills that NICs can apply to virological surveillance of influenza in relation to the molecular epidemiology of human and animal influenza, the evolution of influenza viruses and the emergence and spread of genetic variants.

The main objective of the course is to improve influenza virological surveillance through equipping participants with the skills to perform genetic analyses of influenza viruses.