ISIDORe is a new approach to epidemic preparedness and response research in Europe. It assembles and provides access to an unprecedented One Health-driven integrated portfolio of cutting-edge research resources, dedicated to the study of any epidemic-prone diseases.
Well before the current COVID-19 pandemic, health experts from around the world identified major gaps in global preparedness for infectious diseases. They highlighted the need to invest more in critical capacities to prevent, detect, and respond to epidemic and pandemic threats.
In the European Union, investment was made in life sciences research infrastructures and infectious disease networks that federate facilities offering scientists access to cutting-edge research services, and that could be mobilized in times of crisis.
European research infrastructures demonstrated a high adaptability in responding to the COVID-19 emergency, by rapidly revising their access programmes and delivering new services which answer unmet needs.
As one of the first actions of the European Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), ISIDORe, "Integrated Services for Infectious Disease Outbreak Research", was launched in 2022, coordinated by ERINHA the European research infrastructure dedicated to high-consequence pathogens.
ISIDORe involves all the major European Research Infrastructures and networks in the field of biomedical research, from the most fundamental (e.g. structural biology) to the most applied (e.g. vaccine development and clinical trials), including social sciences, in a massive consortium, with more than 150 service providers in 31 countries.
By offering free access to its comprehensive One-Health driven range of facilities, equipment and expertise, and in close collaboration with key authorities, such as WHO, HERA and ECDC, ISIDORe provides researchers with a new mechanism to conduct transdisciplinary projects, to accelerate innovation during times of health emergencies and improve pandemic preparedness.
The event will highlight ISIDORe’s actions and showcase opportunities for accessing ISIDORe’s resources, to address the challenge of any emerging or re-emerging infectious disease threat.
Additional information: www.isidore-project.eu