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Oxford, 30 June 2017 -- Dr Bozza, one of ISARIC’s regional representatives for the Americas and Head of Critical Care, National Institute of Infectious Diseases, FIOCRUZ, Rio de Janeiro, will be sharing his experiences of the challenges of scientific collaboration during the recent Zika outbreak in Brazil with an audience at the University of Oxford on the 6th of July 2017 .

Dr Bozza, who first alerted ISARIC to the growing Zika threat in Brazil at a meeting in London in 2015, will offer insights into the outbreak response to Zika and review the evolution of the outbreak in Brazil and explore what worked and what did not work from a clinical researcher’s point of view. Further information about the seminar can be found here.

In October 2015 Brazil reported an association between Zika virus infection and microcephaly. Based on a systematic review of the literature up to 30 May 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) has concluded that Zika virus infection during pregnancy is a cause of congenital brain abnormalities, including microcephaly; and that Zika virus is a trigger of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Intense efforts are continuing to investigate the link between Zika virus and a range of neurological disorders, within a rigorous research framework.

The seminar, which will take place on Thursday 6th July 2017, is being hosted by the University’s Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health.