Research in the field of Covid-19

The best research in the field of Covid-19 in Iran from the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences

Since the outbreak of coronavirus in the Iran, the Genetics Research Center of the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences decided to study the transmission of the virus to Iran by obtaining different strains of Covid-19 virus. The results were published in April 2021 in an article entitled "SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in Iran: The dynamics of the epidemic and evidence on two independent introductions "published in the journal "Transboundary and Emerging Diseases".

The SARS-CoV-2 virus has been rapidly spreading globally since December 2019, triggering a pandemic, soon after its emergence. While Iran was among the first countries confronted with rapid spread of virus in February 2020, no real-time SARS-CoV-2 whole-genome tracking in early phase of outbreak was performed in the country. To address this issue, Genetics Research Center of the University of Social Welfare and Rehabilitation Sciences, with the support of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education, Dr. Malekzadeh, and the country's virology network, provided 50 whole-genome sequences of viral isolates ascertained from different geographical locations in Iran during March?July 2020. The corresponding analysis on origins, transmission dynamics and genetic diversity of SARS-CoV-2 virus, represented at least two introductions of the virus into the country, constructing two major clusters defined as B.4 and B.1*. The first entry of the virus might have occurred around very late 2019/early 2020, as suggested by the time to the most recent common ancestor, followed by a rapid community transmission that led to dominancy of B.4 lineage in early epidemic till the end of June. Gradually, reduction in dominancy of B.4 occurred possibly as a result of other entries of the virus, followed by surge of B.1* lineages, as of mid-May.
The results were published in April 2021 in an article entitled "SARS-CoV-2 outbreak in Iran: The dynamics of the epidemic and evidence on two independent introductions "published in the journal "Transboundary and Emerging Diseases".
This paper was chosen as the best research in the field of Covid-19 in Iran by the Deputy Minister of Research and Technology of the Ministry of Health and Medical Education in September 2021.

2021/09/29  -  12:12 / شماره خبر : 20487 / تعداد نمایش : 8


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