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Appendix 1

e-ASIA Joint Research Program (e-ASIA JRP)
Joint Research Project Selected for Funding

Project Title Japanese
Position and Institution Abstract of Research Project
United States
Evaluation of the pandemic potential of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses circulating in Indonesia Yoshihiro Kawaoka Professor, Institute of Medical Science, University of Tokyo This project aims to characterize the H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza viruses circulating in Indonesia to assess their pandemic potential and prepare for a potential H5N1 pandemic. The Indonesian team will collect samples from humans and animals (birds and pigs) around H5N1 outbreak areas. The Japanese team will characterize these viruses' pathogenicity, receptor specificity, and drug sensitivity to understand their biological properties. The US team will evaluate virus transmissibility by testing with ferrets via respiratory droplets. This comprehensive collaborative work will provide information regarding the pandemic threat of such viruses.
Chairul A. Nidom Professor, Avian Influenza Research Center, Universitas Airlangga
Gabriele Neumann Research Professor, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Wisconsin-Madison

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