St. George’s University to Host Viral Workshop for Journalists

Three-Day Workshop to Teach Media Members About Viruses, Treatments and Vaccinations

Beginning Thursday, January 30, expert virologists from around the world will gather at St. George’s University for the Viral Workshop for Journalists, which will provide reporters from varying US and Caribbean media outlets an opportunity to learn firsthand about the nature of viruses, their spread, and virus treatments and vaccinations.

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The three-day workshop was assembled by the Windward Islands Research and Education Foundation (WINDREF), St. George�s University’s research institution, in partnership with the Global Virus Network (GVN). Together, virologists aim to take what can be a complex subject – the science and epidemiology of viruses – and break it down to a comprehensible level that can be utilized when reporters need to communicate to the masses about important news relating to viruses.

Among those on hand is world-renowned virologist Dr. Robert Gallo, most widely known for his co-discovery of HIV and his development of the blood test. Dr. Gallo also discovered the first-known human retroviruses (HTLV-1 and HTLV-2) which are endemic to regions in the Caribbean, including Grenada. Local officials, including the Rt. Hon C. Modeste-Curwin, Minister of Health, will open the meeting, and SGU students will engage with reporters in the laboratory, among other activities.

Follow the event on St. George’s University’s official social media pages using the hashtags #GVNVirusWorkshop, #GVN, and #SGU.