Hunting emerging pathogens

The multidisclipinary viral zoonoses research unit at University of Helsinki is led by Professor Olli Vapalahti. Our research focuses on emerging and re-emerging infections – particularly viral zoonoses, including arboviruses. We study their evolution, epidemiology, diagnostics, ecology and host-virus interactions from molecular to population level.
Our response for the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus pandemic 2019-2020)
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Meplazumab, antibody against CD147 inhibits SARS-CoV infection in vitro and has favorable effects in patients in a… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Lessons from Italy: more proactive containment in Veneto 5M > 7k cases/287 †, vs Lombardia 10 M > 35k cases/ 5000† hbr.org/2020/03/lesson…

HUS-alueen uusien koronatapausten määrä on kääntynyt laskuun vaikka testausta on lisätty. Lupaava merkki siitä että… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

“We learned from Ebola, that when the world’s attention is on one disease, people die of easily treatable and preve… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

So here is why we need to take special precautions for elderly homes. Case fatality rate among resident: 33%, among… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Age median in Germany: 48 years. rki.de/DE/Content/Inf… Germany is testing a lot. twitter.com/alexandreafons…

A letter to us from our near future: "when all of this is over, the world won’t be the same". F. Melandri -Guardian theguardian.com/world/2020/mar…

Check out our manuscript describing camelid nanobodies that neutralize MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-1 and 2. Collaboration… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…