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Russian and Norwegian scientists are building capacity in the fight against vector-borne infections


On 21-22 March, 2019 the international meeting on the joint project with the Norwegian Institute of Public Health (Oslo) “Emerging infections: Capacity building on vector-borne infections in the Barents region, Norway and Russia-phase I” was held in the conference hall of the Institute.

The meeting was chaired by the Director of St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute, Academician of RAS, Professor Areg Totolian and Head of the Laboratory of Zooanthroponotic Infections, Professor Nikolay Tokarevich. Deputy Director of the Institute Vladimir Dedkov, Deputy Head of the Division of International Cooperation of Rospotrebnadzor Yekaterina Zenkevich, Researcher of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Rose Vikse, Senior Advisor of the Department of International Health at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health Elena Torgersen, heads and specialists of the Regional offices of Rospotrebnadzor and the Centres of Hygiene and Epidemiology in St. Petersburg, Leningrad, Arkhangelsk and Pskov Regions, Republic of Komi, Republic of Karelia as well as the scientists of St. Petersburg Pasteur Institute took part in the meeting.

Welcoming the participants and guests, Areg Totolian and Rose Vikse noted that today's meeting is a summing up of the joint Russian-Norwegian work started in 2014 with the project “Tick-borne diseases in the Barents region and on the Western coast of Norway” (Project Manager, Senior Researcher of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Professor Åshild K Andreassen), as well as the launch of a new stage of the joint study on vector-borne infections in the Barents region, Norway and Russia.

The project is supported and approved by the Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being and will also be discussed in the framework of the 5th International Arctic Forum ‘Arctic: Territory of Dialogue’ which will be held on 9-10 April 2019 at the at the ExpoForum Convention and Exhibition Centre in St. Petersburg.

The program of the first day included presentations and discussions of the following reports “Norwegian results of the project “Tick-borne diseases in the Barents region and on the Western coast of Norway” (R. Vikse, A. Andreassen, E. Torgensen); “Detection of agents in ixodic ticks. The results of the Russian partners of the joint Norwegian-Russian project “Tick-borne diseases in the Barents region and on the the Western coast of Norway” (O. Freilikhman, Y. Panferova, N. Tokarevich); “Results of the seroprevalence study of the population of North-Western Russia with regard to zoonotic infections” (N. Tokarevich, N. Stoyanova, E. Suzumova); “Emerging infections: Capacity building on vector-borne infections in the Barents region, Norway and Russia-phase I Work plan for 2019 ”(A. Andreassen, N. Tokarevich); “Mosquito-borne infections in Russia” (Y. Panferova) and a report on the evaluation of the results of the completed Russian-Norwegian project (2014-2016) and the one planned for implementation in 2019-2021. (E. Zenkevich).

On the second day of the meeting, on 22 March, 2019, the participants discussed and made the Project Action Plan for 2019, agreed on the collection sites, methods for studying biological materials in Russia and Norway, and research protocol. The discussion of future work at the first stage of the Project attached a great interest among the specialists of the Regional offices of Rospotrebnadzor and the Centres of Hygiene and Epidemiology in regions.





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