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CURA ZIKA: AN INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE

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The University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is proud to launch Cura Zika, an international alliance to perform much-needed research addressing the Zika epidemic by uniting  Pitt biomedical scientists and their Brazilian collaborators.

Zika is a mosquito-borne and sexually transmitted virus which causes microcephaly in infants born to mothers infected with it. It is also associated with increased risk of Guillain-Barre syndrome and other neurological disorders in people who contract it. The virus is widespread in Southern 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 Brazilian Ministry of Health’s Fundação Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, 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.

An initial startup grant of $200,000 is being equally matched by funds from the Graduate School of Public Health and from the University of Pittsburgh schools of the health sciences. Already, an additional $800,000 in pledges has been received towards the alliance's efforts to fund research to stop the disease.

Cura Zika Grants - Rounds 1 & 2

Find out more about Cura Zika grants for research, conferences or travel:
  1. the first round of pilot grant program (first round), or
  2.  the second call for proposals (second round).

Cura Zika Symposium (5/7/2016)

If you missed the live event on May 5, 2016, you can still view the Cura Zika symposium video to get a look at some of the related research already underway at the University of Pittsburgh.

Cura Zika Pilot project presentations (9/1/2016)

Find out more about the research currently under way at this Pitt Public Health event:

Cura Zika Pilot Research Grant Presentations Grand Rounds

SUPPORT CURA ZIKA

Help address the Zika epidemic by providing critical, quick-access funding to scientists with innovative, early-stage research ideas.

Click to donate online, or contact David Tye at 412-624-3608 or dat100@pitt.edu for more information.

Media Contact

Allison Hydzik
Manager of Media Relations 
HydzikAM@upmc.edu 
412-647-9975

Questions?

Questions about the Cura Zika initiative, an international alliance to perform much-needed research addressing the Zika epidemic, should be sent to CuraZika@pitt.edu. 

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Zika News

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Work by Cura Zika's Sadovsky leads to confirmation that the human placenta is most vulnerable to Zika in first trimester 

Work by Cura Zika's Sadovsky leads to confirmation that the human placenta is most vulnerable to Zika in first trimester

MEDICALRESEARCH.COM - Work by collaborator YOEL SADOVSKY, scientific board advisor for our CURA ZIKA initiative, finds that the mature placenta was likely to be resistant to infection. His work led to recent research confirmation that the greatest vulnerability to Zika is in the first trimester. (03/16/2017)
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Cura Zika initiative helps Brazilians coping with complications of the disease 

Cura Zika initiative helps Brazilians coping with complications of the disease

NEW YORK TIMES - To help families impacted by the devastating consequences of the Zika virus, consider donating to Pitt Public Health's CuraZika initiative, which collaborates with several clinics in Brazil, including the Altino Ventura Foundation and the Association for the Assistance of Disabled C... (03/11/2017)
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IDM's Ernesto Marques knows Brazil's Zika families suffer a life of struggle and scares 

IDM's Ernesto Marques knows Brazil's Zika families suffer a life of struggle and scares

NEW YORK TIMES - In the impoverished northeast, devoted parents live around the needs of children whose grave disabilities are only beginning to be understood. “These babies, most of them or all of them, they’re going to live very long lives, you can keep them alive a long time, and they will need a... (03/11/2017)

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Cura Zika Advisory Board

Program Director
Donald Burke

Scientific Director
Ernesto T. A. Marques

Scientific Advisors 
Fernando Bozza   
Lee Harrison 
Cecilia Lo 
Celina Martelli 
Yoel Sadovsky     

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