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CONACyT “Fronteras de la Ciencia” award to Dr Héctor Vivanco Cid of Universidad Veracruzana, for a “Comparative study of diseases caused by endemic and emerging viral agents: Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus”

CONACyT will fund through its 2016 “Frontiers of Science” call a project submitted by Dr Héctor Vivanco Cid of Universidad Veracruzana in collaboration with Prof Reyes-Sandoval Group, The Jenner Institute, Nuffield Department of Medicine. Universidad Veracruzana recently signed an MoU with NDM to strengthen our networks of research collaboration with key research centres and universities in Mexico working on Neglected and Emerging Infectious Diseases. The project “Comparative study of diseases caused by endemic and emerging viral agents: Dengue, Chikungunya and Zika virus” aims to examine and generate valuable insights into three viral pathologies of critical importance for Mexican, regional and global health. 

This is one of only 12 projects that CONACyT awarded in 2016 in the category of Medicine and Health Sciences. The study will evaluate the virologic parameters and the genetic and immunological factors in the host that could be involved in and determine the clinical manifestations of these viral diseases. It is a three year project in the first instance with the possibility of extending it further depending on results. It should be noted this is a collaborative project led by Dr Héctor Vivanco Cid from UV that will also involve the participation of Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention of the United States (CDC) as well as the National Autonomous University of Mexico, UNAM.

The study will take place in Veracruz, which is located along the Gulf of Mexico. The state of Veracruz has had the highest numbers of cases of dengue fever and dengue haemorrhagic fever in Mexico in recent years, and the highest number of hospitalisations due to this disease. It is expected that chikungunya and zika viruses will become endemic in this region as well.