On-site practical laboratory training in genetic characterization of influenza viruses in Uzbekistan

12–16 December 2016, Tashkent, Uzbekistan

A 5-day practical training course for virologists from the National Influenza Centre (NIC) in Tashkent at the Research Institute of Virology, Ministry of Health, Uzbekistan will take place on 12–16 December 2016 in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

The course is being organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Uzbekistan, together with the WHO Regional Office for Europe and the National Influenza Centre in St Petersburg at the Research Institute of Influenza of the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation.

The main goal of the training is to strengthen virological surveillance of influenza by enhancing the capabilities of staff from the NIC in Tashkent to perform genetic characterization of influenza viruses by capillary sequencing the haemagglutinin and the neuraminidase gene segments of the influenza viruses.

The training is part of an annual WHO programme on training of influenza virologists under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013–2016.