KUISCID July 2023 Newsletter
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JULY 2023
This is a monthly newsletter from KUISCID. We present our research output and news about our activities.

Infectious Diseases After Devastating Disasters: Threats and Precautions

KUISCID, as well as many other institutions, continues to take its part for healing after the heartbreaking earthquake occurred on the 6th of February in Turkey. Unfortunate outcomes of such earthquakes are the construction damages and the disrupted sanitation conditions which trigger the possible outbreaks of infectious diseases. Rational strategies must be followed together with scientific evidence to rapidly provide appropriate solutions in the name of avoiding the spread of such diseases.

Our article related to disease monitoring and providing solutions accordingly, was published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases.

Click here for the article.


Pandemic, Vaccination and Risk Groups: A Multi-Centered Study

The outcomes of Sars-CoV-2 pandemic are still seen worldwide. Although the virus lost its severity, the pathogen continues to be a threat for risk groups. It is evident that the first and only precaution is vaccination. Immunosuppressant patients, however, might have altered vaccine responses and they are more prone to be infected by the virus. KUISCID researchers have completed their study “BNT162b2 or CoronaVac as the Third Dose against Omicron: Neutralizing Antibody Responses among Transplant Recipients Who Had Received Two Doses of CoronaVac”and published it in Viruses Journal.

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The Climate Crisis and Emerging Infections: What is next?

KUISCID Director Prof Önder Ergönül explains the possible effects of global warming on emerging viral infections and their potential role in future pandemics. Are new pandemics awaiting us?

Click to watch (video language is Turkish).


WHO Invite to become one of its Trainers

World Health Organization (WHO) offered Assoc. Prof. Mert Kuşkucu to become one of the trainers after the meeting “Developing Genomic Surveillance Infrastructure in Turkey,” which was jointly organized by WHO and the Ministry of Health in Ankara. We congratulate Dr. Kuşkucu for becoming one of the Bioinformatics Trainers under the project of Genomic Surveillance in Turkey, 2023-2028.


KUISCID Congratulates its 2023 Graduates

Our graduates attended the graduation ceremony after successfully completing their thesis defenses. Gülin Özcan received her PhD with “outstanding research” award. Güz Ekinci and Francis Cooper received their Masters degree. We congratulate our researchers and wish success in their future lives.


Summer Internship at KUISCID

Intern students were accepted to KUISCID following the appointments with our Directorate. KUISCID evaluates the applications according to the policies of our university to provide equal opportunities for young researchers. Here are our intern students for the 2023 summer term:

From left to right are Dr. Mert Enbiyaoğlu (Graduate, Yeditepe University School of Medicine), Iman Asaad Alnajjar (4th year, Koç University School of Medicine), Zeynep Aldemir (4th year, Bilkent University Molecular Biology and Genetics), Alp Tan (4th year, Atılım University School of Medicine), Umut Kal (5th year, Aydın Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Veterinary Medicine) and Ahmet Mertoğlu (3rd year, Koç University School of Medicine).

KUISCID looks forward to receiving new applications for the 2024 Summer Internship from the link below.

Click for application.


Would you like to be a researcher at KUISCID?

We look for new teammates for Infectious Diseases and Medical  Microbiology research! Apply to us if you would like to become one of our researchers!

Click here for the application