From December 9 to 19, 2018 a group of scientists from the Institute: Deputy Director for Innovation Alexander Semenov, Head of the Laboratory of Etiology and Control of Viral Infections Maina Bichurina and Head of the Laboratory of Experimental Virology Irina Lavrentieva held several meetings with the colleagues from Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania and Italy regarding the Scientific Cooperation Project with European countries on measles and rubella elimination.
During their trip the scientists visited the Institute of Virology, Vaccines and Sera “Torlak” (Belgrade, Serbia), held several meetings and made a number of presentations. They discussed the epidemic situation of measles and rubella in Serbia, the possibility of forming indicator groups for studying measles, rubella and parvovirus B19 collective immunity in Serbia, the possibility of active measles and other exanthemas infections surveillance in Serbia. The parties talked through the programs of training seminars for Serbian specialists. Also they agreed on the Memorandum of Understanding between the Institutes.
Alexander Semenov and Irina Lavrentieva also visited the Cantacuzino Institute (Bucharest, Romania), the National Centre of Infectious and Parasitic Diseases in Sofia (Bulgaria) and the Institut Pasteur in Rome (Italy). Different areas of proposed cooperation on measles elimination, collaboration on the other infectious diseases, as well as memorandums on Russian-Romanian, Russian-Bulgarian, and Russian-Italian scientific cooperation were discussed during their visit.