This article is part of the supplement: Proceedings of the Second Workshop of the Regional Study Group on HCV in the Calabria Region (Southern Italy). The virus-host-therapy pathway in HCV disease management: from bench to bedside in the era of Directly Acting Antivirals

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Future research and collaboration: the “SINERGIE” project on HCV (South Italian Network for Rational Guidelines and International Epidemiology)

C Torti1*, M Zazzi2, L Abenavoli3, F Trapasso4, F Cesario5, D Corigliano6, L Cosco7, C Costa1, RL Curia8, M De Rosa9, G Foti10, C Giraldi11, R Leone12, MC Liberto13, D Lucchino14, N Marascio13, R Masciari15, G Matera13, V Pisani1, N Serrao16, L Surace17, E Zicca13, F Castelli18, M Ciccozzi19, M Puoti20, A Focà13 and SINERGIE Study Group1

  • * Corresponding author: C Torti torti@unicz.it

  • † Equal contributors

Author Affiliations

1 Unit of Infectious Diseases, University “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy

2 Institute of Microbiology, University of Siena, Siena, Italy

3 Department of Health Sciences, University “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy

4 Unit of Medical Genetics, University “Magna Graecia”, Catanzaro, Italy

5 Unit of Infectious Diseases, “Annunziata” Hospital, Cosenza, Italy

6 Unit of Infectious Diseases, Ospedale "G. Jazzolino", Vibo Valentia, Italy

7 Unit of Infectious Diseases, “Pugliese-Ciaccio” Hospital, Catanzaro, Italy

8 Department of Prevention, Calabria Region Health Authority, Catanzaro, Italy

9 Unit of Microbiology and Virology, “Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli” Hospital, Reggio Calabria, Italy

10 Unit of Infectious Diseases, “Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli” Hospital, Reggio Calabria, Italy

11 Unit of Microbiology and Virology, “Annunziata” Hospital, Cosenza, Italy

12 Unit of Microbiology and Virology, General Hospital, Lamezia Terme, Italy

13 Unit of Clinical Microbiology, “Magna Graecia” University, Catanzaro, Italy

14 Unit of Infectious Diseases, Lamezia Terme General Hospital, Lamezia Terme, Italy

15 Unit of Virology and Microbiology, “Pugliese-Ciaccio” Hospital, Catanzaro, Italy

16 Unit of Infectious Diseases, ASP Crotone, Crotone, Italy

17 International Health Department, Lamezia Terme General Hospital, Lamezia Terme, Italy

18 Infectious and Tropical Diseases Department, University of Brescia, Brescia, Italy

19 National Institutes of Health, Rome, Italy

20 Department of Infectious Diseases, “Niguarda-Cà Granda” Hospital, Milan, Italy

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BMC Infectious Diseases 2012, 12(Suppl 2):S9  doi:10.1186/1471-2334-12-S2-S9

Published: 12 November 2012

Abstract

The SINERGIE (South Italian Network for Rational Guidelines and International Epidemiology) project is intended to set up a collaborative network comprising virologists, clinicians and public health officials dealing with patients affected by HCV disease in the Calabria Region. A prospective observational data-base of HCV infection will be developed and used for studies on HCV natural history, response to treatment, pharmaco-economics, disease complications, and HCV epidemiology (including phylogenetic analysis). With this approach, we aim at improving the identification and care of patients, focusing on upcoming research questions. The final objective is to assist in improving care delivery and inform Public Health Authorities on how to optimize resource allocation in this area.