A consortium of four metropolis clusters — Bengaluru, Hyderabad, New Delhi, and Pune — has been established to upscale SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus genomic surveillance, complementing nationwide efforts led by the Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia (INSACOG).
Established with help and seed funding from Rockefeller Foundation, the brand new effort will monitor the emergence of viral variants correlated to epidemiological dynamics and medical outcomes.
The consortium led by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB), Hyderabad, contains completely different companions from the opposite cities: the National Centre for Biological Sciences (NCBS), the Institute For Stem Cell Science and Regenerative Medicine (InStem) and Nimhans in Bengaluru; CSIR-IGIB in New Delhi; Pune Knowledge Cluster, IISER-Pune and CSIR-NCL in Pune.
“The consortium aims to develop targeted sampling strategies based on granular epidemiological and clinical data. Coupled with intense environmental surveillance and advanced computational techniques, the consortium would also focus on building capabilities for real-time surveillance and epidemiology,” an announcement issued learn.
NCBS stated the consortium will work carefully with native governments, hospitals, and clinicians. In collaboration with INSACOG, the consortium goals to ultimately make this a nationwide effort by increasing to different strategic places in India.
Dr Rakesh Mishra, advisor at CCMB will lead these efforts together with professor Satyajit Mayor, NCBS, professor LS Shashidhara, Pune Knowledge Cluster and Dr Anurag Agrawal, CSIR-IGIB.
The assertion quoted the workforce and stated, “Our aim is to develop strategies and capabilities to identify variants of concern before they spread widely and cause outbreaks. This will also help correlate with clinical symptoms and disease severity, potentially associated with emerging variants.”
Dr Vinay Nandicoori, director, CCMB added that every one accomplice institutes have been preventing Covid-19 since its very starting within the nation and that this much-needed collaboration will convey all their strengths collectively in a structured vogue.
“Leveraging the capacity of each of the city clusters both in academic institutions and industry, is a much-needed effort at this time. This can help create a sustainable platform for genomic surveillance long after Covid, and for many other infectious diseases,” Mayor stated.