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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).

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


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)

Marques looks for clues to Zika damage in twins 

Marques looks for clues to Zika damage in twins

NEW YORK TIMES - Determining why one twin becomes infected in the womb while the other does not may illuminate how Zika crosses the placenta, how it enters the brain, and whether any genetic mutations make a fetus more resistant or susceptible to Zika infection. Perhaps the virus entered through a w... (05/01/2017)

Cura Zika's Turchi named to Time's 100 Most Influential People 

Cura Zika's Turchi named to Time's 100 Most Influential People

TIME - An infectious-disease specialist in Recife, Brazil—the epicenter of the first major outbreak of Zika-associated microcephaly—CELINA TURCHI understood that local infections presented a crisis requiring global collaboration. Collaborating with the Brazilian Ministry of Health, IDM's ERNESTO MAR... (04/24/2017)

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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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