We are a multi-center model of university-based hospitals in Colombia to facilitate clinical, epidemiological, and virological surveillance and research of neurological disorders associated with emerging infections.
We believe the findings of this project will have a major public health impact and will address important questions related to viral diversity and impact on disease severity, information needed for understanding disease pathogenesis, management and vaccine development.
This project will also contribute to building up capacity in Colombia by investing in clinical and translational research to better characterize neurological complications of emerging viral diseases.
To use the NEAS model to establish a sustainable approach for assessment of acute neuroinflammatory disorders such as GBS and encephalitis-myelitis and determine the role of emergent infections in the development of such complications.
To implement state of the art technologies to improve the diagnosis of emerging pathogens in the onset of acute neuroinflammatory disorders.
To establish a training program that enhances Colombian researchers competences in the use of next generation molecular & immunological techniques, and computational biological approaches in metagenomics & pathogen discovery studies.