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The Hospital Research Foundation (THRF) was proud to support a recent meeting of Adelaide researchers to enable knowledge sharing and the formation of new collaborations helping to end the heartbreak of Zika Virus.

On Friday November 24, the Adelaide Zika Virus Meeting was held at the Basil Hetzel Institute for Translational Health Research (BHI), with researchers from all three South Australian universities in attendance.

Instrumental in coordinating the meeting was Dr Branka Grubor-Bauk (BHI/Adelaide University) who says that the opportunity for Adelaide scientists to establish collaborations with each other and exchange ideas would not have been possible without the help and support of THRF.

“Zika virus research is a rapidly moving field of medical research and as such it is important that new collaborations are established to increase the speed of new results available to health organisations around the world,” she said.

“The informative meeting brought together different research groups to discuss their current research on Zika virus, which included investigating topics a range of topics such as how Zika crosses the placental barrier in pregnancy, how it infects the eye and also new vaccines to prevent this virus.”

You can read more about some of the research the team at the BHI is undertaking in this area HERE.

About Zika Virus

Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted primarily by mosquitoes. Most people experience a very mild infection without any complications. However, it is now known that Zika virus may be passed from a woman to her unborn baby. This can cause potentially serious consequences for the baby, in particular a condition called microcephaly (a small head and brain).

Microcephaly is just one of the signs and symptoms of congenital Zika virus syndrome that can be present at birth or appear later in infancy such as seizures (fits), irritability, swallowing problems, hearing and sight abnormalities. In 2016 The World Health Organisation declared the Zika virus to be an international public health emergency as the disease linked to thousands of suspected cases of birth defects in Brazil spread rapidly.

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