WHO training on influenza virus characterization for national influenza centres

24–25 October 2017, St Petersburg, Russian Federation

A 2-day training course will be organized by WHO/Europe in partnership with the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza at the Francis Crick Institute, London, and the WHO Collaborating Centre for Modelling, Evolution and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

The training will be held at the WHO-recognized National Influenza Centre (NIC) at the Research Institute of Influenza, St Petersburg, Russian Federation. The training is tailored for laboratory experts from NICs performing virus isolation and antigenic characterization of human influenza viruses.

The objectives of the training are:

  • to discuss and resolve current problems with isolation, identification and antigenic characterization of currently circulating human influenza viruses;
  • to introduce the antigenic cartography methodology; and
  • to generate influenza antigenic maps.

The training is funded by the Pandemic Influenza Preparedness (PIP) Framework Partnership Contribution Implementation Plan 2013–2017, which aims to strengthen NIC capacity and influenza virological surveillance in the WHO European Region, and by WHO/Europe’s High Threat Pathogens Team as part of its annual training programme for influenza virologists.