Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Virus Reference & Research (Special Pathogens)
Director / Head:
Dr Tim Brooks
Dr Roger Hewson
Public Health England
Microbiology Services, Health Protection Agency, Porton Down
(44-1980) 612 774
(44-1980) 612 695
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- 1. To provide Reference & Diagnostic capabilities and facilities for high consequence pathogens that include Arboviruses, hantaviruses, arenaviruses and haemorrhagic fever viruses, Poxviruses, Rickettsiae and hazard group 3 bacteria (including but not limited to Bacillus anthracis, Franscisella tularensis, Yersinia pestis & other BT agents and related bacterial and viral zoonoses in hazard groups 2-4).
- 2. To undertake collaborative fundamental scientific research, laboratory diagnostic development & reagent production related to high consequence pathogens as detailed in 1.
- 3. To provide scientifically robust biosafety advice in support of global high containment practices with high consequence pathogens.
- 4. To preserve & supply well-characterized, authenticated human pathogenic viruses & materials derived from them to the scientific community.
- 5. To offer training for healthcare professionals on management of clinical cases and working safely with high consequence pathogens in laboratories, other healthcare facilities and research environments.
- Viral hemorrhagic fevers
- Bacterial diseases other than those specifically mentioned
Types of activity:
- Outbreaks and emergencies
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Training and education
WHO organization wide expected result:
1.4 - Policy and technical support provided to Member States in order to enhance their capacity to carry out surveillance and monitoring of all communicable diseases of public health importance.
1.7 - Member States and the international community equipped to detect, assess, respond to and cope with major epidemic and pandemic-prone diseases (e.g. influenza, meningitis, yellow fever, haemorrhagic fevers, plague and smallpox) through the development and implementation of tools, methodologies, practices, networks and partnerships for prevention, detection, preparedness and intervention.
1.8 - Regional and global capacity coordinated and made rapidly available to Member States for detection, verification, risk assessment and response to epidemics and other public health emergencies of international concern.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
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