Welcome to PREPARE

 

PREPARE (Platform for European Preparedness Against (Re-)emerging Epidemics) is an EU funded network for harmonised large-scale clinical research studies on infectious diseases, prepared to rapidly respond to any severe ID outbreak, providing real-time evidence for clinical management of patients and for informing public health responses. Covering over 600 primary care sites and over 300 hospital sites in 27 European countries and other European countries and harbouring EU’s leading academic research groups on infectious diseases, PREPARE will transform Europe’s research response to future severe epidemics or pandemics.

By establishing a common European clinical research infrastructure PREPARE will be a one-stop shop for policy-makers, public health agencies, regulators and funders of research into pathogens with pandemic potential. It will achieve this by implementing ‘inter-epidemic’ research programmes covering large scale observational, interventional and adaptive clinical studies in adults and children, patient-oriented studies into the pathogenesis of infectious diseases and development of novel near-patient diagnostics. An important supporting effort of these ‘peace time’ studies will be the development and testing of pre-emptive solutions to ethical, administrative, regulatory, logistical and clinical bottlenecks that prevent rapid clinical research responses in the face of new threats.

In addition, together with large European societies ERS, ESICM, WONCA Europe, ESCMID and ESWI, PREPARE will invest in education and training of the members of the clinical network and external opinion leaders, funders and policy makers, strengthening our collective capacity and streamlining our future response.

PREPARE is funded by the European Commission’s FP7 Programme under grant number 602525. PREPARE has formally commenced its activities on 1 February 2014.

Ethical, Administrative, Regulatory and Logistical (EARL) Work Package

The EARL study is aimed at identifying and implementing solutions to key structural (ethical, administrative, regulatory and logistical) bottlenecks as well as behavioural and cultural (BC) barriers to the rapid implementation of large multi-site clinical studies in Europe in response to severe ID outbreaks.

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Yellow Fever Outbreak on Brink of Going Global

Yellow Fever Outbreak on Brink of Going Global

The largest Yellow Fever epidemic in decades is hitting the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Angola, and could soon spread to the Americas, Asia and Europe, Save the Children warns. The organization’s rapid response Emergency Health Unit (EHU) has deployed to support the DRC’s Ministry...

 
Activities of PREPARE related to Zika virus

Activities of PREPARE related to Zika virus

PREPARE has been preparing its network in order to rapidly identify, diagnose and  collect crucial clinical data in case autochthonously-transmitted Zika arrives in Europe. The protocol of the PREPARE ARBO virus study in the Balkans that will begin in May 2016 has been modified so that adult Zika cases,...

 
PREPARE 3rd annual meeting in Madrid

PREPARE 3rd annual meeting in Madrid

On April 20th and 21st our third annual meeting will take place in the beautiful city of Madrid in Spain. In the last year an enormous progress has been made. Therefore we are looking foward to meet with our collegues and discuss the results and further steps. Date: 20-21 April 2016 Location: Madrid,...

 
SPRINT-SARI is commencing in this winter

SPRINT-SARI is commencing in this winter

SPRINT-SARI (Short PeRiod IncideNce sTudy of Severe Acute Respiratory Infection) is commencing during the northern hemispheric winter (2015/2016) and following on during the subsequent southern hemispheric winter (2016). Tropical regions are expected to participate in-between these times. SPRINT-SARI...

 
Great success for PREPARE on the ERS congress

Great success for PREPARE on the ERS congress

The ERS congress in Amsterdam (26-30 September 2015) was a great success! Menno de Jong, Marion Koopmans, Theo Verheij and Ab Osterhaus did a great job at the PREPARE Postgraduate Course on ‘Emerging infectious diseases and pandemics. Gernot Rohde (CAPNETZ) co-chaired a Hot Topic Symposium on pandemics,...

 
 

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Prof Alistair Nichol

Prof Alistair Nichol

Prof Alistair Nichol leads the EARL Work Package. Alistair is both an academic and an intensive care clinician, trained in Ireland and Australia. He is the Chair of Critical Care Medicine in the School of Medicine and Medical Sciences of University College Dublin and an Associate Professor at Monash...

 
Dr Ronnie Moore

Dr Ronnie Moore

Dr Ronnie Moore is the Co-PI of the EARL work package. Ronnie is a lecture at the University College Dublin (UCD), teaching medical and social anthropology/ sociology in the Schools of Public Health Medicine and Population Science and Sociology. His research interests are in health, illness and society,...

 
Dr Jill Turner

Dr Jill Turner

Jill is a sociologist specialising in the Social Studies of Science and Medicine and the Public Understanding of Science. A former registered nurse and Health Visitor, she pursued a doctoral scholarship in the 1990’s. She has worked as both a lecturer in Sociology, Social Policy and Women’s Health...

 
Prasanth Sukumar

Prasanth Sukumar

Prasanth Sukumar is a graduate research assistant in the EARL Work Package. Prasanth is a PhD candidate in the School of Medicine, UCD. He holds a BSc degree (Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics), M.A (Rural Management), MSocSc (Health and Illness) and MPhil (Population Science). Prasanth has many...