Title of the centre:
WHO Collaborating Centre for Studies on the Ecology of Influenza in Animals
Director / Head:
Dr Richard Webby
Department of Virology & Molecular Biology
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, University of Tennessee
Department of Infectious Diseases, Division of Virology 262 Danny Thomas Place, MS330,38105-3678,Tennessee
(901) 595 3400
Date of Designation:
Terms of Reference:
- TORs as specified in ANNEX 5 of PiP Framework (http://www.who.int/influenza/resources/pip_framework/en/index.html) as relating to WHO Collaborating Centres for Influenza Terms of Reference Related to Work with Pandemic Influenza Preparedness.
- Maintain functioning laboratory infrastructure and personnel, and surge capacity, for rapid and full characterization of influenza viruses from all hosts of interest to public health.
- Conduct risk assessment of influenza viruses using animal models including ferrets and avian hosts.
- Connect activities and facilitate collaboration between WHO laboratories and veterinary laboratories in areas of interest to public health.
Types of activity:
- Provision of reference substances and other services
- Training and education
WHO organization wide expected result:
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.
1.9 - Effective operations and response by Member States and the international community to declared emergencies situations due to epidemic and pandemic prone diseases.
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Access to annual progress reports and the current workplan (this is accessible to WHO Staff Members only):
Link to eWork