MediLabSecure Newsletter n°8
July 2019

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MediLabSecure Kick-Off Meeting
The Kick-Off Meeting of the new phase of the MediLabSecure project, which was held on July 2nd-3rd 2019 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, was the opportunity to officially launch the new phase of the MediLabSecure project with a presentation of its objectives and activities.
Gathering 110 participants from more than 25 countries (representatives from participating countries, partners, stakeholders and funder), this 2-day event successfully initiated the integration of the new members from Sahel. It also allowed to introduce the 2 new components with the inclusion of the Veterinary Services in the network of Public Health officials, and the integration of environmental and ecological features in the development of emerging infections' risk assessment and early warning tools.
A look back at the EMCA & OHEJP Conferences
EMCA 9th National Conference
The Medical Entomology working group of the MediLabSecure project was present at the 9th International Conference of the European Mosquito Control Association (EMCA) which took place at La Rochelle, France from 11 to 14 March, 2019.
This meeting was the occasion for MediLabSecure to take part in the discussion about the harmonization of control strategies in European countries as well as new standards for techniques beyond the borders of classical mosquito control methods in order to foster the exchange of knowledge among research institutions, the mosquito control industry and policy makers.
One oral presentation and two posters on entomological surveillance within the MediLabSecure network were presented on this occasion.
One Health European Joint Programme (OHEJP) Conference
The first One Health European Joint Programm (OHEJP) annual scientific Meeting on food-borne zoonoses, antimicrobial resistance and emerging threatswas held in Dublin from May 22th to 24th.
As a project promoting "One Health" approach to mitigate biological risks related to emerging vector-borne viruses, MediLabSecure has been invited to make two presentations : one on its contribution to "One Health" implementation in the Mediterranean and Black Sea Region with the Strategic Document on "Integrated surveillance and risk assessment for arbovirus infections", and the other on Multisectoral Risk Assessment and the benefits of One Health collaboration on surveillance and control of arbovirus infections.
7th International Meeting of the EU CBRN National Focal Points
Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence (EU CBRN CoE) initiative, The 7th international meeting of the national focal points was held in La Hulpe in Belgium from June 12th to 14th.
MediLabSecure, which is funded by the European Union and conducted under the umbrella of the EU CBRN CoE initiative, contributes to mitigate biological risk related to emerging vector-borne viruses by strengthening and harmonizing preparadness and response capacities in the Mediterranean, Black Sea & Sahel regions.
In line with this objective, the project took part in the meeting in order to foster interactions and collaborations with the representatives of the EU CBRN CoE initiative to better contribute to stability and peace in the EU neighbouring countries by supporting health security against common health threats and bio-safety-related risks at national and regional levels.
MediLabSecure videos in motion design
Videos explaining the different sectors of the MediLabSecure project are being developed with all the working groups.

"What is the role of animal virologists in the surveillance of vector-borne diseases?", "How are viral diseases diagnosed?", "Are we able to control the vector?", "Why is a One Health approach important?" - These educational videos highlight in 3 minutes the fundamental role of these disciplines in the surveillance of vector-borne diseases.
Human virology video
Human virology explained in motion design from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.
here for the french version
Animal virology video
Animal virology explained in motion design from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.
here for the french version
Medical entomology video
Medical entomology explained in motion design from MediLabSecure on Vimeo.
here for the french version
These videos, conceived by INIA (Instituto Nacional de Investigación y Tecnología Agraria y Alimentaria), IRD (French National Research Institute for Sustainable Developmentt) and Institut Pasteur, present the key role of Human virology, Animal virology and Medical entomology in the fight against vector-borne diseases.

Do not hesitate to share them within the network and beyond (social media, etc.) to promote the project and the multisectorial approach!

Stay tuned, a new video will be released soon during summer!
MedilabSecure Vimeo page
Mosquitoes Toolkit
A toolkit containing mosquito factsheets developed by the medical entomology working group was handed to every participants from technical working groups during the MediLabSecure Kick-Off Meeting in last July 2nd-3rd. This educational and practical toolkit supports field work by providing an easy access to the characteristics of 10 different mosquito species (short description, distribution, transmission, vector surveillance, etc.).
Online version
Do not forget to use the MosKeyTool, an identification tool intended to help people (entomologists or not), to identify the species of a mosquito specimen.
To date, this novel interactive key developed by the medical entomology working group includes 132 mosquito species in 70 countries (Euro-Mediterranean, Black Sea and Western Palaearctic Regions) and is currently being udpated with the inclusion of the Sahel region within its geographic coverage.
Two new publications have been released within the MediLabSecure network!   
The MediLabSecure Strategic Document
Carried out by the Public Health working group, the MediLabSecure strategic document on "Integrated surveillance and risk assessment for arbovirus infections: recommendations for enhancing One Health in the Mediterranean Region"   aims to contribute to the strategies for the prevention and control of arbovirus infections with a One Health approach, by focusing on integrated surveillance systems and multisectoral risk assessment of three countries of the Network (Serbia, Georgia and Tunisia).  The integrated surveillance systems of these three countries have been described and assessed by the MediLabSecure Situation Analysis Study (MeSA Study).
The relevant results and lessons learned provided by the studies and activities implemented in four years of the MediLabSecure Project (2014-2017) have been reported and discussed in this strategic document, including recommendations for future actions.
This strategic document has been recognized by the public health community as an important tool to facilitate the assessment of integrated surveillance systems and to enhance the operationalization of One Health strategies in national health policies and regional contexts.

Rediscover the Strategic Document
MediLabSecure in PLOS MTDs
The article "Towards harmonization of entomological surveillance in the Mediterranean area" has been published last June. Produced by the medical entomology working group, this article completes the roadmap towards harmonization of entomological surveillance systems in the Mediterranean area regarding transmission risks of mosquito-borne viruses, by providing guidelines for designing effective and sustainable entomological surveillance systems in order to improve preparedness and response in countries of the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions in a comprehensive “One Health” framework.
Discover the article
Workshop "Introduction on mapping and modelling" /
Call for selection

A workshop "Introduction on mapping and modelling" will be held at the Institut Pasteur of Algeria from 13th to 17th October, 2019. It is jointly organised by the Medical Entomology working group and the Institut Pasteur of Algeria.
The purpose of this training is to provide fundamental concepts of Geographic Information Systems and species distribution modelling, with "hands on" experiences.
This five-day course will be followed by a distance-learning course provided by Avia-GIS.
This basic level course is for anyone who wants to develop their knowledge about mapping and modelling. You do not have to have any previous experience - just your good willing for commitment!
It is open for all the labs involved in the MediLabSecure project. The number of available places is limited to 15 people.
Priority will be given to applicants who are ready to be involved for the whole duration of the MediLabSecure project on this topic.
All expenses related to this course will be supported by the MediLabSecure project and Institut Pasteur of Algeria.
The call for the selection of trainees is open until August 11th, 2019

For more information, do not hesitate to contact the MedilabSecure Entomology team
(Vincent Robert / Marie Picard) :

Online application
Regional training on vector identification and surveillance
An advanced training on vector identification and surveillance will be held at Novi Sad, Serbia on next September 16th-19th.

Registration are now closed, thank to all the MediLabSecure members who applied for participating in this workshop!

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Workshop on NGS data analysis
The first workshop of the MediLabSecure second phase for the human virology working-group will be organized on next October 7th-11th 2019 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris.
This workshop will focus on data analysis for Next Generation Sequencing technology for diagnostics purposes.

Registration are now closed, participants have already been selected and we would like to warmly thank all MediLabSecure members who applied for attending this workshop!

Read more ...
Sit visit Algeria
The coordinators of the human virology working group have been kindly invited by the Institut Pasteur of Algeria from September 17-19th to visit the laboratory of arbovirus and emerging virus. This 2-day visit will be the oppotunity to identify the different scientific collaboration possibilities and to provide biosafety counseling.
Entomological seminar in Sahel
A seminar will be organized by the medical entomology working group in the Centre National de la Recherche et de Formation sur le Paludisme (CNRFP), in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso at the end of 2019.

ICSSD Conference 2019
The first ICSSD NRC-Grenoble INP International Conference on Science and Sustainable Development will be held in the National Research Center in Cairo, Egypt on September 16th-19th.
This 3-day conference will focus on the latest scientific and technical advances in science under the theme: "There can never be sustainable development without science", aiming to explore the potential of science in designing sustainable solutions for the future generations.

Conference Flyer
 Human virology & Medical entomology newsletters

In addition to the MediLabSecure newsletter, specific newsletters for the human virology and medical entomology working groups activities are also regularly released, and can be accessed on this page of the MediLabSecure website

Enjoy reading the human virology newsletter #4 and the medical entomology newsletter #18 released in June 2019 to keep you updated of what's going on within both networks!

    human virology newsletter #4       medical entomology newsletter #18
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