Cura Zika Symposium and Live Webinar
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health
Auditorium (G23), 130 DeSoto St, Pittsburgh, PA
Registration and Webinar Access: www.curazika.pitt.edu
On Thursday, May 5, the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health will launch Cura Zika, an international alliance to perform much-needed research addressing the Zika epidemic, with a special symposium and live webinar featuring Pitt biomedical scientists and their Brazilian collaborators.
The symposium will feature:
Zika is a mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted virus that causes microcephaly in infants born to mothers infected with it while pregnant. It also is associated with increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome and other neurological disorders in people who contract it. The virus is widespread in South and Central America and has a likelihood of gaining sustained transmission in the southern U.S. this summer.
Cura Zika builds on Pitt Public Health’s long-standing collaboration with FIOCRUZ, the most prominent science and technology health institution in Latin America.
Cura Zika—which means “Cure Zika” in both Portuguese and Spanish—will provide quick-access funding to scientists performing time-sensitive research on the virus. This support is designed to move early-stage innovative research ideas into larger studies in an accelerated manner.