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Cell. 2016 Jun 30;166(1):5-8. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.06.029.

Roots, Not Parachutes: Research Collaborations Combat Outbreaks.

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1
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA. Electronic address: nyozwiak@broadinstitute.org.
2
Department of Biological Sciences, Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria; African Center of Excellence for Genomics of Infectious Disease, Redeemer's University, Ede, Osun State, Nigeria.
3
Kenema Government Hospital, Kenema, Sierra Leone.
4
Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA 70112, USA.
5
Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA 02138, USA; Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA; Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, MD, USA.
6
Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, Cambridge, MA 02142, USA; The Scripps Research Institute, Department of Immunology and Microbial Science, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA; Scripps Translational Science Institute, La Jolla, CA 92037, USA. Electronic address: kristian@andersen-lab.com.

Abstract

Recent infectious disease epidemics illustrate how health systems failures anywhere can create disease vulnerabilities everywhere. We must therefore prioritize investments in health care infrastructure in outbreak-prone regions of the world. We describe how "rooted" research collaborations can establish capacity for pathogen surveillance and facilitate rapid outbreak responses.

PMID:
27368093
PMCID:
PMC5210219
DOI:
10.1016/j.cell.2016.06.029
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