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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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Ernesto Marques on how the response to Zika failed millions 

Ernesto Marques on how the response to Zika failed millions

NEW YORK TIMES - Infectious disease specialist with IDM and at the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Brazil, ERNESTO MARQUES JR. said Brazilian scientists felt let down when they looked for outside help—at first from European donors and health agencies. “The local researchers’ role was mainly to collect sa... (01/17/2017)
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Congratulations to Cura Zika's Celina Martelli Turchi on being named a "scientist who mattered" in 2016  

Congratulations to Cura Zika's Celina Martelli Turchi on being named a "scientist who mattered" in 2016

NATURE - In its " Nature' s 10" list of ten scientists who mattered this year, the international weekly journal of science recognized Cura Zika advisor, CELINA MARTELLI TURCHI for her work as the 'Zika detective' who raced to make sense of a medical mystery in northeast Brazil. (12/19/2016)
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Lowery conducts West Nile Virus surveillance with ACHD 

Lowery conducts West Nile Virus surveillance with ACHD

Joel Lowery (IDM ’17) assisted the ACHD in conducting its annual surveillance of West Nile Virus (WNV) in order to make informed decisions on vector control related to mosquitoes. In addition to WNV, the team monitored Aedes albopictus , a possible mosquito vector for the Zika virus. Lowery was ... (09/07/2016)

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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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