WHO course for National Influenza Centres on the principles of molecular assay development, validation and verification

23–27 May 2016,  St. Petersburg,  Russian Federation

The WHO-recognized National Influenza Centre at the Russian Ministry of Health Research Institute of Influenza organizes a 5-day training course on the principles of molecular assay development, validation and verification for laboratory experts from National Influenza Centres (NICs).

This course is part of an annual WHO training program for influenza virologists under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013–2016 aimed at strengthening NIC capacities and influenza virological surveillance in the WHO European Region.

The course covers skills that NICs can apply in their day-to-day work to perform molecular identification of circulating human and emerging influenza virus strains, and validation and verification of molecular assays for seasonal and emerging influenza viruses.

Participants from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lithuania, Latvia, Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan are attending.

The main objective is to improve influenza virological surveillance by equipping participants with the skills to perform validation, verification and quality control of molecular assays used at the NIC.