“Advanced low-risk viral vectors are expected to lead to breakthroughs in the field of gene therapy.’’

Paediatric Virology //

Paediatric Virology is a new, rapidly increasing, scientific branch of medicine, which focuses on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of viral infections occurring in neonates, children and adolescents. 

 

During the last two decades, new advances in the field of Virology and Molecular Medicine have expanded the level of knowledge on peadiatric viral infections. New viral infections are constantly emerging requiring new prevention strategies and therapeutic protocols. In addition, paediatric professionals are involved more and more in the specialised paediatric care and follow-up of patients with a history of viral infections, who survive to adolescent years and beyond, transplant recipients and immunocompromised children requiring advanced medical care technological services.

 

The development of new vaccines, antiviral agents and diagnostic tests ensure new perspectives in Paediatric Virology. Additional scientific fields, including Evidence-based Medicine, Clinical Governance, Quality Improvement, Epidemiology, Pharmacology and Immunology, have also a significant supportive input. Moreover, newfound social issues have arisen due to the financial crisis and the unprecedented immigration occurring globally and in Mediterranean countries, in particular. 

These developments, changes and challenges highlight the demand for state-of-the-art undergraduate, postgraduate and continuous medical education of health professionals on Paediatric Virology. Recently, Paediatric Virology was proposed as a new separate candidate for suspecialization in Paediatrics (Mammas IN, Greenough A, Theodoridou M, Spandidos DA. Paediatric Virology: A new paediatric subspecialty? A proposal at the Workshop on Paediatric Virology, Athens, October 10, 2015. Exp Ther Med. 2016;11:3-5). In the future, paediatric virologists are expected to play a key clinical, research and academic role in the effective management of paediatric viral infections.

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 Professor Harald zur Hausen

MD, PhD

Professor of Virology, Deutsches

Krebsforschungszentrum

(Germany)

Professsor Tina Dalianis

MD, PhD

Professor of Tumour Virology,

Karolinska Institutet (Sweden)

Professor Michael Weindling

MD, FRCPCH

Professor of Perinatal Medicine,

University of Liverpool (UK)

Professor George Chrousos

MD, ScD

Professor of Paediatrics and Endocrinology, University of Athens (Greece)

Dr John Papadatos

MD

Clinical Director & Consultant Paediatric Intensivist,

“P. & A. Kyriakou” Children’s Hospital (Greece)

Professor Basil Darras

MD, PhD

Professor of Neurology (Pediatrics),

Harvard University (USA)

Professor Anna Kramvis

MSc, PhD

Professor of Virology, University of Witwatersrand (South Africa)

Dr Nikolaos Myriokefalitakis
MD, PhD

f. Clinical Director & Consultant Paediatrician, “Penteli” Children’s Hospital (Greece)

Professor Anne Greenough

MD, FRCPCH

Professor of Neonatology & Clinical Respiratory Physiology, King’s College London (UK)

Dr Prakash Thiagarajan

MD, FRCPCH

Consultant Neonatologist & Paediatrician, Noble's Hospital

(British Isles)

Dr Simon B. Drysdale

MBBS, FRCPCH, PhD, PgDip PID

Consultant and Honorary Senior Lecturer in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, St George’s University of London (UK)

Professor Barbara Rath

MD, PhD, HDR

Professor in Paediatric Infectious Diseases, Vienna Vaccine Iniatitive (Germany)

Université Bourgongne Franche - Comté (France)

University of Nottingham School of Medicine (UK)

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