Emerging Infectious Diseases: South East Asia Research Collaboration Hub (EID-SEARCH)
Pathogen Focus: Coronaviruses, Filoviruses, and Paramyxoviruses
The overarching goal of the Emerging Infectious Diseases - South East Asia Research Collaboration Hub (EID-SEARCH) is to analyze the diversity of key viral pathogens in wildlife, the frequency and causes of their spillover, and to identify viral etiologies of undiagnosed ‘cryptic’ outbreaks in people. EID-SEARCH includes leaders in the field of emerging viral pathogens at key US institutions, and in Thailand, Singapore, and the three major Malaysian administrative regions, whose collaborative networks span more than 50 clinics, laboratories, and research institutes across Southeast Asian countries. This hub, and the network, will act as an early warning system for outbreaks - a way to exchange information, reagents, samples and technology, and a collaborative power-house for translational research. The long-term collaboration among the key personnel, and multidisciplinary skillsets from epidemiology, clinical management, lab analysis, through wildlife biology and data analysis will act as significant assets when deployed to help counter outbreaks in the region.
This Research Center is supported by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number 1U01AI151797