The center will be composed of experts from UNAM, the Institute of Medical Immunity, Martin Luther University in Halle Wittenberg, the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry, the Institute of Virology at the Charit University Hospital in Berlin, and the University of Havana.
Mexico City (apro). -In cooperation with researchers from Germany and Cuba, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) will participate in the creation of the “German-Latin America Infection and Epidemiology Research and Training Center”. (English abbreviation of GLACIER), the purpose is to prevent infectious diseases and upcoming epidemics.
Anna Elena Escalante Hernandez, Director of the Institute of Ecology of the United Nations Environment Programme, explained that the center will start activities in August this year and will focus on research on the occurrence and prevention of pandemics. And to develop vaccines and anti-infectives for countries in the region.
The center will be composed of the following institutions: UNAM, the Martin Luther University Institute of Medical Immunology, Halle Wittenberg University, the Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry, the Institute of Virology at the Charit University Hospital in Berlin, and the University of Havana.
In addition, it will also be funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), which will provide it with 2.8 million euros within five years through a special fund from the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The researchers explained that due to the connection with the public, the GLACIER headquarters of the United Nations University of South Sudan will focus on doctoral training with interdisciplinary research activities to monitor emerging diseases, antibacterial drug innovation, massive data analysis, and public policy development based on scientific evidence. And private institutions in the field of pharmaceutical production.
The project will be led by the IE of the United Nations Environmental Research Institute, but will collaborate with experts from the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Chemistry, and the Faculty of Applied Mathematics and Systems Research; the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Technology; the University Health Research Program and the National High School of Merida.
The university believes that the center will promote the establishment and consolidation of research laboratories and postgraduate training in UNSMA and the University of Havana; through cooperation with Latin American authorities, non-governmental organizations and biopharmaceutical companies, it will help strengthen local Research and teaching capabilities and abilities will have a direct impact on society and politics.
In addition, he emphasized that the center is committed to taking an integrated approach-“lifetime for life”. (Single Health) Seek cooperation between various disciplines to formulate public policies.
Escalante Hernández (Escalante Hernández) pointed out that health is traditionally understood as human health, but this is a concept that cuts across all fields and depends on environmental health, including the health of animals and ecosystems.
?? In this project, we are looking for treatments other than humans, do we want to monitor animals in the jungle, estimate the risks brought by deforestation, and estimate how human activities in the environment interfere with nature and take the form of a pandemic Return to us? ? , He concluded.