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Programme to facilitate Variola virus research

The World Health Assembly has passed resolutions (WHA52.10) (WHA 55.15) authorizing temporary retention of the existing stocks of Variola virus for the purpose of further essential research. The stocks are held in 2 locations only: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, Georgia, United States and the Russian State Centre for Research on Virology and Biotechnology, Koltsovo, Novosibirsk Region, Russian Federation.

The programme of research is overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research, composed of members from all WHO regions and advised by some 10 scientific academic experts from such areas as public health, fundamental applied research and regulatory agencies. Reports of the first three meetings have been submitted to the World Health Assembly:


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Articles summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research


Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2009

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2008

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2007

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2006

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2005

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2004

- Diagnostic Development at the CDC: Update 2004
- Inferring the Phylogeny of Variola from Genomic SNPs Analysis
- Variola Morphogenesis effected by a by an erb-B Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor: Possible therapeutic functions
- The WHO Collaborating Center for Smallpox and other Poxviruses at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta: 2004 report on the variola repository

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2003

- Analysis of Nucleotide Sequences of Individual Orthopoxvirus Genes
- Comparative restriction analysis of genomic DNAs of the variola virus strains from the Russian collection
- Human Combinatorial Antibodies against Orthopoxviruses
- Update on variola and orthopoxvirus diagnostic development and use
- Update on search for antivirals against human-pathogenic orthopoxviruses
- Viability estimation of variola virus isolates from the Russian collection

Abstracts summarizing recent research overseen by the WHO Advisory Committee on Variola Virus Research - 2002

For more information, please directly contact the authors of these abstracts at the addresses provided on the specific page.

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