CONSISE is a growing international partnership of individuals from institutions working on influenza from all over the world. CONSISE started in 2011 (though not called CONSISE at the time) following recognition that influenza serology for pandemic flu needed better standardization.
CONSISE has developed into a consortium of two interactive working groups, which are only accessible by invitation only:
- Working Group 1 Epidemiology: led by Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, Center for Global Health, Institut Pasteur, Paris
- Working Group 2 Laboratory: co-led by Drs. Othmar Engelhardt and John Wood, Division of Virology, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, United Kingdom
More information on what the working groups are busy with is accesible here.
CONSISE’s secretariat is currently under the University of Hong Kong (Drs Benjamin Cowling and Malik Peiris) until early 2015.
CONSISE’s steering committee is composed of individuals from several organizations including the World Health Organization, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Public Health England (Formerly the UK Health Protection Agency), Imperial College London, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (Melbourne, Australia), University of Hong Kong, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Hanoi, and Public Health Agency of Canada.
Together with more than 100 members from >40 countries, CONSISE has held four international meetings: February 2011 in Ottawa Canada, December 2011 in Stockholm Sweden, January 2013 in Hong Kong, SAR, and a satellite meeting immediately preceding Options VIII in Cape Town South Africa in September 2013.