ICONIC: Infection Response through Virus Genomics

Summary: ICONIC is a 3-year research Health Innovation Challenge Fund project funded by the Department of Health and the Wellcome Trust running from October 2013.

The project is a collaborative effort led by UCL and involving the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UCLH, PHE, Barts Health, HCVRUK and the Universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham.

ICONIC aims to utilise next generation sequencing technology, in order to (i) stratify therapy (HIV and Hepatitis C virus used as a case example), (ii) guide hospital infection control responses (Norovirus), and (iii) inform surveillance and epidemiological responses to community outbreaks (Measles and Influenza viruses).

ICONIC will advance the capacity for embedding this new technology within the UK diagnostic environment, in a sustainable and cost effective manner. In so doing, we aim to embed into the NHS the ability to rapidly respond to new and emerging viral infections in the future. 

I&I Project Personnel: Dr Andrew Hayward, Professor Paul Kellam, Dr Zisis Kozlakidis and Dr Dan Frampton.

Contact z.kozlakidis@ucl.ac.uk for more information. 

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