Developing a strategy to prevent and treat Zika virus
Research is beginning next week at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC) at UC Davis to understand Zika virus. Leading the efforts are Drs. Koen Van Rompay, Eliza Bliss-Moreau, Paul Luciw and John H. Morrison at the CNPRC, and Dr. Lark Coffey, UC Davis.
The rapid spread of the virus and potential connection to an otherwise rare birth defect have drawn plenty of attention from the public and from government officials.
Koen Van Rompay, DVM, PhD, is an expert in immunology and virology and has been a foremost researcher in HIV / AIDS for over 20 years. He was a leader in helping to bring tenofovir, the leading anti-HIV drug, to people around the world. Van Rompay has teamed up with Lark Coffey, PhD, UC Davis Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, who has studied related mosquito borne diseases for over 15 years. The team aims to quickly gain an understanding of the virus in order to develop vaccines, treatments and more accurate and rapid diagnostics.