Training in antiviral susceptibility assays at WHO CC for Portugal’s National Influenza Centre

13–16 December 2016, London, United Kingdom

This December an expert from the Portuguese National Influenza Centre (NIC) will attend a 4-day course at the WHO Collaborating Centre (CC) for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom to improve laboratory’s expertise in antiviral susceptibility testing of circulating influenza viruses.

Training will include both practical laboratory training in phenotypic methods of antiviral susceptibility testing and theoretical instruction and discussion on testing methods, data analysis, interpretation and reporting of antiviral data.

Background

The WHO CC at the Francis Crick Institute provides training for virologists from NICs around the world on a regular basis. Each training course is tailored to the specific needs of the trainee, with all laboratory costs being met by the WHO CC. Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013–2016, WHO/Europe’s Influenza and other Respiratory Pathogens programme supports training at the WHO CC of 4 virologists from NICs in the WHO European Region each year.