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  • GIHSN ANNUAL MEETING 19-20 October 2020

    The 8th Annual Meeting of the GIHSN will be hosted online on the 19th and 20th October 2020.

    The GIHSN Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to engage with the GIHSN community. With site investigators from 23 countries in Northern & Southern Hemisphere, influenza experts and external stakeholders.

    Program & Registration

    The 8th Annual Meeting of the GIHSN will be hosted online on the 19th and 20th October 2020.

    The GIHSN Annual Meeting is a unique opportunity to engage with the GIHSN community. With site investigators from 23 countries in Northern & Southern Hemisphere, influenza experts and external stakeholders.

    Program & Registration


  • GIHSN: An operational platform for data generation, data sharing and capacity building

    The Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network (GIHSN) is a platform able to generate strong epidemiological and medical evidence on influenza severity and to support vaccine strain selection through timely sharing of clinical and laboratory data. GIHSN can inform policy decisions and serve as a network for improved influenza related capacity building and response.

    GIHSN: An operational platform for data generation, data sharing and capacity buildin

    The Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network (GIHSN) is a platform able to generate strong epidemiological and medical evidence on influenza severity and to support vaccine strain selection through timely sharing of clinical and laboratory data. GIHSN can inform policy decisions and serve as a network for improved influenza related capacity building and response.


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    The GIHSN, supported by the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology, can be a strong platform for severe COVID-19 surveillance and research. GIHSN systematically collects epidemiological data (e.g. clinical characteristics, outcome, etc.) on patients hospitalized with acute respiratory illness. Respiratory specimens are collected on each patient; swabs are stored and most laboratories have capacity to do further analysis. More than 10,000 samples are collected every year in 100 hospitals across 23 sites worldwide. If you are interested to partner with the GIHSN as part of a research project or grant submission, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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    The GIHSN, supported by the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology, can be a strong platform for severe COVID-19 surveillance and research. GIHSN systematically collects epidemiological data (e.g. clinical characteristics, outcome, etc.) on patients hospitalized with acute respiratory illness. Respiratory specimens are collected on each patient; swabs are stored and most laboratories have capacity to do further analysis. More than 10,000 samples are collected every year in 100 hospitals across 23 sites worldwide. If you are interested to partner with the GIHSN as part of a research project or grant submission, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • 7TH ANNUAL MEETING, 2018-2019 SEASON

    55 participants from 27 countries attended the 7th Annual Meeting of the GIHSN in Paris, including influenza experts and health representatives from WHO, the US-CDC, the Chinese CDC, IHME, GISAID… The meeting has been hosted by the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology under the coordination of OpenHealth.

    55 participants from 27 countries attended the 7th Annual Meeting of the GIHSN in Paris, including influenza experts and health representatives from WHO, the US-CDC, the Chinese CDC, IHME, GISAID…


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THE GIHSN

The Global Influenza Hospital-based Surveillance Network (GIHSN) is a worldwide platform to generate timely and high-quality epidemiological data and virologic al information on severe influenza.

The GIHSN has three main objectives:

  • Characterize the profile of patients with severe influenza disease;
  • Quantify the distribution of the different influenza viruses (A/H1N1, A/H3N2, B/Yamagata, and B/Victoria) among these severe cases; and
  • Link influenza virus Whole Genome Sequence (WGS) and clinical data to better support vaccine strain selection.

Hospitals from this network use an active standardized surveillance protocol. Data from the participating GIHSN sites are then shared and used to prepare a combined network analysis, published in peer-reviewed journal and/or presented to international conferences.

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Since 2015 the GIHSN is supported by the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology (dedicated funding under the aegis of the Fondation de France). Not-for-profit institutions with proposals aligned with the GIHSN mission are eligible to apply for partial funding through an annual call for proposals.

Call for proposal 7th Flu season 2018-2019

Overview

Guided by the need to characterize the burden of Seasonal influenza disease and the impact of current vaccination programs in countries, the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology is funding the Global Influenza Hospital-based Surveillance Network (GIHSN) as a platform to generate epidemiological evidence on the burden of severe influenza and the potential public health benefit of influenza vaccines.

This worldwide platform is open to networks of hospitals coordinated by public health institutions willing to share surveillance data and epidemiology expertise with other countries. In 2017-2018, institutes from 18 countries (20 sites, 60 hospitals) implemented the GIHSN protocol and contributed to the yearly pooled analysis and related discussions.

We are looking for not-for profit institutions able and willing to implement the GIHSN protocol and share their data for a pooled analysis. Selected institutions will receive partial funding from the Foundation.

Governance of the Foundation

The governance of the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology is ensured by an Executive Committee, composed of four Sanofi Pasteur scientific and public health specialists and three independent influenza experts. Main role is to select applicant sites for funding allocation each year. Following decisions from the Executive committee in September, grants are provided directly from the Foundation for Influenza Epidemiology to Institutions responsible for the GIHSN study implementation

A Independent Scientific Committee composed 11 experts of was constituted in April 2018, to provide recommendations for technical, scientific and related ethical aspects.

OpenHealth Company, a Paris based independent organisation experienced in public health data management is in charge of the coordination, technical assistance and pooled data analyses during the season.

Added Value to participate in the GIHSN

Be part of a worldwide partnership of key influenza epidemiology experts sharing and discussing yearly data from surveillance of Influenza and other respiratory viruses together with international influenza experts.

Exchange on scientific and methodological aspects related to influenza surveillance, investigate new research questions of interest and be associated to publications across sites.

Enhance or extend your existing surveillance system through our catalytic funding. Funding is usually within the range of 20,000€ to 150,000€ depending on the size of the site.

How to apply

All applications have to be submitted on-line on the GIHSN website.

Admissibility requirement:

To be eligible, applicants should be not-for-profit institutions or organisations. The following documents should be provided along with the proposal:

  • Last annual report
  • Financial report (including earnings and balance sheet) from last year
  • Bank account number (official bank document – with swift)
  • List of the members of the board of governors (i.e group of people who jointly oversee the activities of an organization)
  • Copy of the decree of creation (i.e Statutory act returned by the president of the republic or the head of government)

All documents should be submitted on-line on the GIHSN website on July 14th, 2018 the latest.

By Mid October 2018, official responses from the Foundation will be sent to applicants.

 

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2019/2020: 23 sites in 20 countries

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Global Influenza Hospital Surveillance Network

An international Platform to generate Epidemiological evidence about the burden of severe influenza and the impact of vaccination

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