Workshop on zoonotic features of viral infections:
from the animal reservoir to pandemic emergence

A PREDEMICS training course

National Institute for Infectious Diseases "L. Spallanzani” – Rome April 8th-11th, 2014


Istituto Nazionale per le Malattie Infettive Lazzaro Spallanzani

The course will focus on delivering in depth knowledge on the zoonotic aspects of influenza A virus (IAV), lyssaviruses (LYS), Japanese encephalitis virus and related viruses (JEVr) and Hepatitis E virus (HEV) and address relevant issues related to the emergence of zoonotic viruses with pandemic potential.

There are no registration fees and local expenses (accommodation, food) will be covered by the course.

Application deadline</>:15th February 2014.
For more information about the workshop and registration please visit the PREDEMICS website (, left menu ”Courses & Workshops” under “Zoonotic features of viral infections workshop”).
The application form is available online.

Course organization

The course is organized into morning sessions with lectures of invited speakers and afternoon sessions devoted to group activities. The afternoon group sessions will consist in presentations of the individual contributions prepared during the preworkshop period for which a strong involvement of the participants is required:

    • Morning sessions
      • Day 1 Animal reservoir and vectors
      • Day 2 Crossing the species barriers
      • Day 3 Models for pathogen spread and transmission
      • Day 4 Group reports, wrap up and conclusions
    • Afternoon sessions

Define roadmaps for future activities along the lines described below.

    • Day 1. Surveillance, epidemiology & prepardeness
    • Day 2. Laboratory diagnosis and molecular studies
    • Day 3. Immunology, vaccinology and treatments

Learning objectives

  • Identify the bottlenecks in surveillance and control of the diseases caused by the four viral pathogens
  • Describe the priority areas for research in emerging infectious diseases
  • Characterize the interface between surveillance and public health issues
  • Revise opinions on human and animal transmissibility of highly infectious viral pathogens

Learning outcome

After the course the trainees should be able to:

  • Describe the complex epidemiological pattern and control of zoonosis.
  • Identify the role and the importance of the different partners involved in the surveillance and control of these infections;
  • Address these problems in a professional context;
  • Define gaps of knowledge and propose new areas of research on these infections.


  • Paola de Benedictis, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Padova, Italy
  • Hervé Bourhy, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Maria Capobianchi, National Institute for Infectious Diseases "L. Spallanzani", Roma, Italy
  • Giovanni Cattoli, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie, Padova, Italy
  • Philippe Deprès, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Laurent Dacheux, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France
  • Ernest Gould, UMR190, Emergence des Pathologies Virales, Marseille University School of Medicine, France
  • Giuseppe Ippolito, National Institute for Infectious Diseases "L. Spallanzani", Roma,Italy
  • Jean-Pierre Kraehenbuhl, Health Sciences eTraining Foundation, Epalinges, Switzerland
  • Hélène Norder, University of Gothenburg, Göteborg, Sweden
  • Nicole Pavio, Agence Nationale de Sécurité Alimentaire (ANSES), France
  • Sylvie van der Werf, Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

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