ZIKV standardized protocols are now live!

(Added 25 October 2016/Updated 3 November 2016)

CONSISE and the Institut Pasteur were asked to draft six standardized research protocols for Zika (See news item below).  The first version of these protocols are now available on the WHO website: http://origin.who.int/reproductivehealth/zika/zika-virus-research-agenda/en/

Read about the development of the protocols in the Lancet Global Health:  Van Kerkhove MD et al Harmonization of Zika virus research protocols to address key public health concerns. Lancet Global Health Published: 01 November 2016

 

Latest Newsletter of CONSISE September 2016

(Updated September 2016)

Check out the latest news from CONSISE by reading our 4th Newsletter released in September 2016 available here.

 

CONSISE statement on the Reporting of Seroepidemiologic Studies for Influenza (ROSES-I statement): an extension of the STROBE statement

(Updated July 2016)

Several members from CONSISE have recently published a statement on the reporting practices for Seroepidemiology studies.  The paper entitled CONSISE statement on the Reporting of Seroepidemiologic Studies for Influenza (ROSES-I statement): an extension of the STROBE statement is now available from the journal Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses.  Thank you to all of the authors and to funding from Institut Pasteur to make this article open access.

Horby PW, Laurie KL, Cowling BJ, Engelhardt OG, Sturm-Ramirez K, Sanchez JL, Katz JM, Uyeki TM, Wood J, Van Kerkhove MD, for the Steering Committee. (2016) CONSISE statement on the Reporting of Seroepidemiologic Studies for Influenza (ROSES-I statement): an extension of the STROBE statement.2016 Jul 15. doi: 10.1111/irv.12411. [Epub ahead of print]

CONSISE and Zika

(Updated July 2016)

CONSISE and the Institut Pasteur were asked to draft six standardized research protocols for Zika. Our expertise in rapidly drafting such technical documents, summoning and incorporating technical input have allowed us to support efforts to harmonize epidemiologic and clinical research for Zika.

The six protocols (listed below) were developed by CONSISE and Institut Pasteur and have undergone significant technical review by research and public health professionals working on Zika and other arborviruses. We worked closely with WHO, affected coutnries in the Americas and Caribbean and ISARIC to draft and finalize the protocols. 

The protocols currently available include:

  • Case-control study to assess potential risk factors related to microcephaly caused by Zika virus infection
  • Case-control study to assess potential risk factors related to Guillain-Barré Syndrome caused by Zika virus infection
  • Prospective longitudinal cohort study of women and newborns expsed to ZIKV during pregnancy
  • Prospective longitudinal cohort study of newborns and infants born to mothers exposed to Zika virus during pregnancy
  • Cross-sectional seroprevalence study of Zika virus infection in the general population
  • Prospective longitudinal cohort study of Zika-infected patients to measure the persistence of Zika virus in body fluids

All protocols are currently undergoing ethical review by WHO and will be posted online soon.  For further information, please contact Maria Van Kerkhove (maria.van-kerkhove@pasteur.fr).

A seventh protocol (called the Clinical Characterization Protocol for Zika Virus Infection in the Context of Co-circulating Arborvirus) to better understand the natural history of ZIKV infection has been drafted by WHO, IDAMS and ISARIC.  THis protocol will also be available on the WHO website soon.

 

CONSISE Epidemiology Working Group Meeting

(Updated March 2016)

Presentations from the CONSISE Epidemiology Working Group Meeting held in Paris, France on 20 January 2016 are now available HERE.

 

SAVE THE DATE: Upcoming CONSISE Meeting for Epidemiology working group members

(Updated September 2015)

The International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Virus Diseases (ISIRV) is planning a 2-day meeting on incidence, severity and impact of influenza in Paris, 21-22 January 2016, and CONSISE will hold a 1-day meeting on 20th January to coincide with that event. Both meetings  will be hosted by Institut Pasteur.

The ISIRV meeting will be a follow-up to a very successful meeting on a similar topic held in Munich in September 2012.  A preliminary program and information about registration can be found here.

At the CONSISE meeting, we will present the online draft version of the question bank for CONSISE influenza protocol templates and the remaining influenza protocol templates undergoing revision and finalization.  A full agenda is currently being developed. If you are interested in participating, please register here or contact Maria Van Kerkhove at maria.van-kerkhove@pasteur.fr.

 

New Publication from CONSISE

(Updated July 2015)

A new paper hase been published by CONSISE members entitled: International Laboratory Comparison of Influenza Microneutralization Assays for A(H1N1)pdm09, A(H3N2), and A(H5N1) Influenza Viruses by CONSISE. Details of the paper with a link to the full article can be found here. 

 

CONSISE May 2015 Newsletter

(Updated May 2015)

Check out the latest news from CONSISE by reading our 3rd Newsletter released in May 2015 available here.

 

New Meeting Materials are available

(Updated October 2014) New meeting materials are available

CONSISE's Laboratory Working Group held a meeting in Washington DC in September 2014 to discuss an ongoing international study to evaluate the comparability of NI titers measured by ELLA in different laboratories.  The full agenda and speaker presentations can be found here: https://consise.tghn.org/about/international-meetings/

 

NEW MERS-CoV Protocol Templates are available

(Updated October 2014) A new seroepidemiology protocol for MERS-CoV is available on the WHO website:

Cross-sectional seroprevalence study of Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) infection in presumed high risk populations

For more information on MERS-CoV seroepidemiology protocols, see our article: https://consise.tghn.org/articles/novel-coronavirus-ncov/

 

 

NEW (June 2014) CONSISE 2nd Newsletter

Check out the latest news from CONSISE by reading our 2nd Newsletter released in June 2014 available here.

 

NEW (January 2014)  Consensus assay protocols for H1N1pdm09 Available

For more information, see our article: http://consise.tghn.org/articles/consensus-protocols-laboratory-assay-antibody-influenza-h1n1pdm09/ 

 

New Membership Sign up

As of 18 December 2013, CONSISE has a new membership sign up process available here: Membership Sign-Up.  For those of you already signed up (thank you), we will assume that you agree to CONSISE's membership policy, unless otherwise indicated.  Please contact us if you have any questions.

 

NEW (December 2013) Meeting Materials Available from the 4th International Meeting of CONSISE

Presentations from the 4th International CONSISE meeting held in Cape Town, South Africa on 3-4 September are now available HERE

 

NEW (October 2013) Influenza Protocol Templates are available

For more infromation, see our article:http://consise.tghn.org/articles/available-consise-influenza-protocols/

 

NEW (September 2013)  H7N9 Serologic Assays Available

For more infromation, see our article: http://consise.tghn.org/articles/consise-and-avian-influenza-h7n9/