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Ebola research agenda
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Massive Ebola data site planned to combat outbreaks
Nature | News 04 September 2017
An international partnership seeks African leadership to organize information about the disease.
More than 11,000 people died when Ebola tore through West Africa between 2014 and 2016, and yet clinicians still lack data that would enable them to reliably identify the disease when a person first walks into a clinic. To fill that gap and others before the next outbreak hits, researchers are developing a platform to organize and share Ebola data that have so far been scattered beyond reach.
The information system is coordinated by the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory (IDDO), an international research network based at the University of Oxford, UK, and is expected to launch by the end of the year. At a meeting to discuss Ebola on 7–9 September in Conakry, Guinea, the team heading the platform will seek input from West African scientists, health officials and advocacy groups.
“We are looking for West African leadership in this initiative,” says Laura Merson, associate director of the IDDO.
Africans must be involved in the platform’s creation so that they can not only use the existing data, but also improve their capacity to conduct research during future outbreaks, says John Amuasi, an infectious-diseases researcher at the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine in Ghana and a member of the platform’s steering committee. A true partnership would also lessen the general public’s mistrust of scientists, he adds….