December 21, 2017 | Veyrier-du-Lac (France)
On December 12th-15th, the 9th International GABRIEL meeting convened 86 participants from 24 countries to consider the advances and challenges in flavivirus diagnostics, and to review the latest research results of GABRIEL network laboratories.
The meeting included sessions on results in tuberculosis, acute respiratory infection, and enteric infection research. The meeting also presented activities of the 2017 quality initiative, which supports member laboratories in attaining ISO 15189 and ISO 17025 certification.
Tuberculosis and pneumonia working groups
Two working groups, on tuberculosis and on pneumonia, convened during the meeting. The tuberculosis working group discussed a new multi-center research project that will first be conducted in Bangladesh and Lebanon. It aims to validate biomarkers that predict the efficacy of antituberculosis drugs to avoid treatment regimens that are long, insufficient, or unnecessary. In the longterm, the project hopes to improve the care of tuberculosis patients and limit the spread of the bacteria.
During the pneumonia working group, two collaborative research projects were presented: one on the impact of pneumococcal conjugate vaccine and the other on acute fever surveillance.
Scientists from Laos and Brazil win the Young Scientists award
Silaphet Somphavong, from Laos, and Aline Da Rocha Matos, from Brazil, received the GABRIEL Young Scientists award. The award supports promising young scientists from low and lower-middle income countries by helping them to establish their research project and present it at international meetings.
Ms. Somphavong presented her work on the molecular epidemiology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis and antibiotic resistance in Lao PDR, and Ms. Rocha Matos shared her findings on the antiviral susceptibility profile of Influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 viruses in Brazil: identification of resistant strains from 2014 to 2016.
Launch of a website to foster exchange
A new GABRIEL website was launched to promote exchanges, collaborations and partnerships among network members and other stakeholders. The site features collaborative research projects, publications and network news.