Welcome to Infectious Diseases Hub – a note from the Editor

Welcome to the newly launched Infectious Disease Hub! We aim to provide you with the most up-to-date information and research in key aspects of microbiology, virology, mycology and parasitology; all the way from bench to bedside.

We offer free access to expert peer-reviewed articles, breaking news, and exclusive opinion and comment from KOLs on the areas of infectious disease that interest you!

We’ve already begun our journey delving into the world of infectious diseases and I wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the exclusive and exciting content already available to you on the site.

Emerging diseases: what’s coming next?

Emerging diseases have piqued public interest in recent years, and you can keep up to date by tracking ongoing research into these pathogens on our unique Disease Tracker. Recently, Zika has repeatedly hit the headlines after research emerged linking the virus to neurological complications. Want to learn more about this virus? You can uncover the key facts on Zika in our exclusive infographic, and on our news pages you can read about recent research on current vaccine efforts and uncovering the mechanisms behind infection.

Looking forwards in this field, researchers ask if we’re “grossly unprepared” for future pandemics? And in an exclusive video interview, Peter Openshaw from Imperial College London (UK) speaks about the threat of zoonotic influenza as an emerging disease and the importance of policy in tackling future outbreaks.

Fighting antimicrobial resistance

Antimicrobial resistance is a rising public health problem, which has the potential to threaten many lives if action isn’t taken. In an exclusive opinion piece Patrice Nordmann and Laurent Poirel (University of Fribourg, Switzerland) give us their thoughts on available rapid diagnostics and why we should act now to detect and fight resistance.

In addition, you can find access to peer-reviewed articles on this topic from our partner journals on Infectious Diseases Hub free of charge. For example, investigate potential new drug candidates for treating Clostridium difficile and MRSA and uncover the potential of nanoconstructs for fighting infection.

Leave no man behind: looking at the overlooked

Infectious diseases affect many across the globe, and sometimes the burden of certain diseases can be overlooked. In an exclusive interview, Robert Colebunders (University of Antwerp, Belgium) spoke to us about a potential parasitic cause of nodding syndrome and the need to raise awareness about this neglected disorder in the future.

Turning to other neglected topical diseases, you can view journal articles and up-to-date news here, such as recent reports highlighting the significance of antibodies in secondary dengue infection, or the mechanism by which chikungunya infects host cells.

Malaria: past, present and future

The WHO has set ambitious global goals towards the eradication of malaria and in light of this we delved further into this serious, mosquito-borne disease. Explore this topic with us by looking back at the progress already made in our infographic summarizing the key findings of the 2016 WHO World Malaria Report.

How important is prompt and accurate diagnosis for effectively managing this disease? You can read about conventional diagnostic tests for malaria and alternative approaches in this editorial from Future Microbiology, which highlights the current challenges and future avenues.

Moving from diagnosis to prevention; Danielle Stanisic, from Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia), reviews the limitations of current vaccine approaches against malaria, and discusses the potential of a novel whole-parasite vaccine – you can discover more about her research in this exclusive opinion piece.

These are just a few of the content highlights prepared for the launch of this exciting new resource – browse the site further to discover more exclusive content, peer-reviewed articles and recent news. If you would like to share your own work with our members, do get in touch – I’d be delighted to hear from you. You can reach me at m.powell@id-hub.com.

I hope you enjoy the highlights so far, and I look forward to sharing many more exciting new features and focuses with you on Infectious Disease Hub.

Best wishes,

Martha Powell
Editor, Infectious Diseases Hub

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