Location of major global database of flu pathogen in Bonn
The Secretary of the Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumer Protection, Dr. Robert Kloos and President of the GISAID Foundation, Peter Bogner, have on 15 April 2010 a cooperation agreement for the settlement of a major influenza database at the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food signed in Bonn.
Dr. Robert Kloos and Peter Bogner shake hands Secretary of State Dr. Robert Kloos (right) together with the President of the GISAID Foundation, Peter Bogner, Source: BMELV
The database was developed on the initiative of scientists from around the world. The aim of the "Global Initiative on Sharing All Influenza Data (GISAID Foundation) is the global free exchange and free of genetic and epidemiological data on known and newly discovered influenza virus. , Any information about influenza viruses of different research disciplines are accessible worldwide.
Influenza researchers had joined forces in 2006 to the so-called GISAID initiative. The initiative aims to analyze jointly and in close cooperation, the available data on influenza virus. To coordinate this initiative was founded GISAID Foundation, based in the United States. Based on the principle of voluntariness dine scientists data on influenza disease in the database. An internationally scientific advisory board ensures that the database meets the requirements of science.
Currently, scientists from more than 180 countries participate in the database. It contributes inter alia helps to make influenza vaccines for both humans and animals can be developed faster. Therefore, it is for the veterinary and human use equally important. Since August 2009, the database at the Max-Planck-Institute for computer science in Saarbrücken is developed and operated. After completion of the basic development work it is to be operated continuously at the Federal Institute for Agriculture and Food in Bonn. The Max Planck Institute for computer science will also then provide for the continuous development with concern. The cost for the operation in 2011 and 2012 bears the BMELV. Ensuring the technical quality of the data assumes the Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Federal Research Institute for Animal Health.