Feb. 9, 2016

Months before the recent Zika outbreak, Dr. Tom Hobman and his team of researchers have been looking for a way to diagnose and treat people infected with the virus. Zika virus spreads to people through a mosquito bite. The illness usually causes mild symptoms that include fever, rash, joint pain and red eyes.

Currently there is no vaccine, treatment or cure for the  Zika virus.

Drs. Hobman Daniel Limonta Velazquez and Anil Kumar, are working to find a quicker and cheaper way to identify and treat those infected with Zika to prevent virus from spreading.

Funding Dr. Hobman and his team of trainees is one of the many ways Alberta Innovates – Health Solutions has supported virology research over the decades.

More on the reseachers’ work:

A cure for Zika: what we’ve been waiting for?

In this story–A group of Canadian scientists is creating one of the most groundbreaking tests for the Zika virus infection yet. The Alberta-based Ingenuity Lab is headed by world-leading nanotechnology expert Dr. Carlo Montemagno – who will work on the new test with fellow scientists Dr. Thomas Thundat and Dr. Tom Hobman.

The race against Zika

University of Alberta, News
In this storyHobman says doing research at a university that is a powerhouse in virology has allowed his team to get a head start on this work, as well as access to some of the world’s best collaborators—many of whom are next door in the U of A’s
Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology.

University of Alberta researches ways to diagnose, treat Zika virus

Global News, Edmonton Health Matters
In this storyWhile most people have only recently learned of the virus, U of A virologist Tom Hobman and his team have been researching it for months to pinpoint diagnostic tools to identify those who are infected with the virus and therapeutics to fight it.

WHO calls Zika an international emergency

CTV News, Your Health
In this story–Researchers at the University of Alberta’s Li Ka Shing Institute of Virology have spent years studying dengue, which is a similar virus, and feel they have an advantage. They hope to be able to find a way to diagnose large groups of people fast.

U of A prof’s research team tries to keep up with spread of Zika virus

CBC News Edmonton
In this story–Hobman and his research team are focusing on developing a “rapid diagnostic test, a quick and cheap method to detect the virus.” Currently, the test takes too long and involves sophisticated equipment. The quick test is vital, given that millions of people now need to be tested.

The Zika virus has been confirmed in Alberta

Edmonton Sun, News
In this storyFollowing several outbreaks in South and Central America since May 2015, University of Alberta virologist Tom Hobman said Zika is likely “to get a lot worse before it gets better” as the disease is spreading globally at an “unprecedented” pace.


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