Training in genetic characterization at WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza, Francis Crick Institute

15–26 May 2017, London, United Kingdom

Experts from the National Influenza Centre (NIC) in Saint Petersburg in the Russian Federation will attend a two-week advanced course at the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Francis Crick Institute, London, United Kingdom to enhance the laboratory’s expertise in genetic characterization of circulating influenza viruses.

The course will include practical laboratory training in Sanger sequencing technique and troubleshooting commonly expected technical problems, and theoretical instruction and discussion on sequencing methods, influenza phylogenetic analysis, data storage, and interpretation and reporting of genetic characterization data.


The WHO Collaborating Centre 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 trainees, with all laboratory costs being met by the Collaborating Centre. Under the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness Framework – Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013–2016, the WHO Regional Office for Europe, Influenza and other Respiratory Pathogens programme supports training at the Collaborating Centre for four virologists from NICs in the Region each year.