Fondation Merieux

A family foundation dedicated to fighting infectious diseases

Fondation Mérieux in Brazil

In brief

  • First Fondation Mérieux mission in 2011

  • Roldolphe Mérieux Laboratory and Charles Mérieux Infectiology Center within the Rio Branco Public Hospital (under construction)

  • 2 GABRIEL network members:

    • Fondation Oswaldo Cruz

    • Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica

Current research projects

  • Surveillance program on severe influenza cases
    This pilot study is conducted on 3 clinical sites in Brazil: Fortaleza (Ceará state), Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul state). The goal is to document severe influenza cases, identify the influenza strains that are responsible and assess the effectiveness of vaccination (GABRIEL Network project).

GABRIEL network multi-center studies

  • Epidemiological study to identify the pathogens responsible for severe pneumonia in children under 5 years of age
    The objective is to identify viral and bacterial agents associated with severe pneumonia in hospitalized children to determine the etiologic distribution and involvement in pneumonia.

  • Development of diagnostic tools for pneumonia
    Streptococcus pneumoniae strain typing in multiplex PCR

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