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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.

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).

Minimize 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.

Minimize 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


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 for more information.

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Allison Hydzik
Manager of Media Relations 


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Zika News


Pitt Magazine cover story: Marques’ Zika research 

Pitt Magazine cover story: Marques’ Zika research

PITT MAGAZINE - When a mysterious illness suddenly emerged in his Brazilian hometown, IDM researcher ERNESTO MARQUES mobilized with colleagues to decode its unknowns. The work may help infectious-disease researchers stop or stall new epidemics. His story begins on page 18. (09/01/2017)

Marques: Zika virus still offers no clear answers 

Marques: Zika virus still offers no clear answers

THE GLOBE AND MAIL - It has been two years since Brazil’s northeast was hit with the public-health crisis that left babies born with CZS and set off alarm bells in the global health community. Yet experts continue to grapple with big questions. “We can’t really tell if what happened here was replica... (08/31/2017)

Marques offers insignt as Zika season approaches 

Marques offers insignt as Zika season approaches

TRIB LIVE - In the U.S., there have been 5,264 Zika cases reported, with the vast majority in travelers returning from affected areas in other countries, says ERNESTO MARQUES, associate professor with Pitt Public Health and scientific director of CURA ZIKA, an international alliance with counterpart... (05/01/2017)

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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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