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i-sense Zika Diagnostics workshop 2016

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In the wake of WHO declaring Zika as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern on 1st Feb 2016, Professor Rosanna Peeling ran a workshop with leading experts from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine to explore the diagnostic needs for Zika and how i-sense researchers might respond to a global health emergency.

Rosanna was joined by Professor Laura Rodrigues who spoke on her experiences working with Zika-infected patients in Brazil, and Dr Adam Kucharski who highlighted the transmission patterns of Zika and its spread across island populations.

This workshop provided researchers with a rare opportunity to hear from global experts on Zika and emerging infectious diseases, with experience in the field. The talks sparked some lively discussions on how we might respond to future disease threats and the need and opportunities for the development of rapid, open-platform diagnostic technologies.