Influenza virology training for the National Influenza Centre (Poland) in London

16–27 October 2017, London, United Kingdom

Virologists from the National Influenza Centre (NIC) in Warsaw, Poland 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. The objectives of the training are to enhance the laboratories’ expertise in virus isolation and characterization of circulating influenza viruses.

The two-week course will include practical laboratory training in influenza virus isolation in cell cultures and in methods to identify the hemagglutinin subtype of viral isolates by hemagglutinin inhibition testing.

The course is part of the annual WHO programme for the training of influenza virologists to strengthen the capacity for influenza diagnosis and surveillance.

Background

The WHO Collaborating Centre at the Francis Crick Institute regularly provides training for virologists from national influenza centres (NICs) around the world. Each training course is tailored to the specific needs of the trainees, with all laboratory costs being met by the Collaborating Centre. The WHO Regional Office for Europe’s high threat pathogens programme supports training at the Collaborating Centre for at least four virologists from NICs in the Region each year.