Complementing nationwide efforts led by Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomic Consortia (INSACOG), a consortium of 4 metropolis clusters – Bangalore, Hyderabad, Delhi and Pune – has been established to upscale the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus genomic surveillance.
Eight labs in these 4 cities will try to develop methods to establish “variants of concern before they spread widely and cause outbreaks”.
The consortium, established with help and seed funding from US’ Rockefeller Foundation, goals to develop focused sampling methods primarily based on granular epidemiological and scientific information, an announcement knowledgeable.
Coupled with intense environmental surveillance and superior computational methods, the consortium may even deal with constructing capabilities for real-time surveillance and epidemiology.
The new effort will observe the emergence of viral variants correlated to epidemiological dynamics and scientific outcomes.
The consortium is led by CSIR-Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CSIR-CCMB), Hyderabad and presently contains totally different companions in three different cities – NCBS-TIFR, InStem-DBT and NIMHANS in Bengaluru; CSIR-IGIB in New Delhi; Pune Knowledge Cluster, IISER-Pune and CSIR-NCL in Pune.
“It will work closely with local governments, hospitals and clinicians. In collaboration with INSACOG, the consortium aims to eventually make this a national effort by expanding to other strategic locations in India,” the assertion stated.
The efforts can be led by Dr Rakesh Mishra, Advisor at CSIR-CCMB, together with Professor Satyajit Mayor, NCBS, Professor LS Shashidhara, Pune Knowledge Cluster and Dr Anurag Agrawal, CSIR-IGIB.
“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,” the workforce stated in an announcement.
Dr Vinay Nandicoori, Director, CSIR-CCMB provides, “All the partner institutes have been fighting COVID-19 since its very beginning in the country. This much-needed collaboration will bring all their strengths together in a structured fashion.”
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