York academic leads global preclinical response to coronavirus emergency
A York academic is leading preclinical research to help to determine the characteristics of coronavirus and to test new potential vaccines. Professor S.S. Vasan, who holds an honorary chair in Health Sciences at the University of York, will be the principal investigator of this project for the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI).
CEPI has announced funding for critical new research as part of a rapid global response, following the declaration from the World Health Organisation that the Wuhan novel coronavirus outbreak is a “Public Health Emergency of International Concern”.
Undertaken at the highly secure CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory, this preclinical research will help to determine the characteristics of the current virus (a key step in developing a new vaccine) and to test new potential vaccines being developed by three different CEPI-led consortia.
Prof. Vasan leads the CSIRO Dangerous Pathogens Team, which will design and undertake this crucial preclinical research, development and evaluation.