It is with sadness in our hearts that we have just learned of the passing of VHFC member Virgil L Woods, Jr, who was a Professor of Medicine at UC San Diego and the director of the UCSD DXMS Proteomics Resource.
He was one of the founders of DXMS and an excellent collaborator and friend.
The Kenema Government Hospital (KGH) in Sierra Leone is a 350-bed health facility situated in the heart of the region with the world’s highest incidence of Lassa Fever. This historic institution has functioned at the forefront of Lassa treatment and research for over two decades, ever since the world-renowned Lassa Physician, Dr.
VHFC researchers take a diverse approach to investigating the Lassa virus, as well as the human immune response to the virus. They study the structure of the virus, develop rapid diagnostics assays and try to understand how the virus evolves over time. Acquiring samples to enable research and diagnostics development to take place is a challenging process, consisting of a multitude of logistical and technical hurdles.
The battle against Lassa fever in Sierra Leone is being waged on many fronts. While the efforts of the scientists in the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium focus on understanding the mechanisms related to the human immune response to Lassa infection, the Lassa Fever Outreach team addresses the realities on the ground.
Last month, members of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium met for their annual meeting in an unseasonably cold La Jolla in Southern California. With researchers currently spread across three continents the meeting presented an opportunity for many to share their research and catch up with fellow Consortium members.