The Indonesia-Japan Collaborative Research Center (CRC-Erid), Kobe University, was launched with study groups H5N1Avian Influenza and Viral Hepatitis in 2007, and two study groups, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever and Diarrhea Infection, joined them in 2008. Three Japanese researchers have been placed for the long term and working with Indonesian partner researchers. In the second phase of this program, we will try to clarify the features and epidemiology of each infection on a molecular and practical basis and contribute to building this new diagnostic and therapeutic method of infectious disease. The Influenza Group has plans for epidemiological and clinicopathological studies of H1N1 and other viruses from a global point of view through a newly established consortium for Influenza Research.
The Hepatitis Viral Group will try to improve new diagnostic tools widely effective for endemic Hepatitis Viruses mutate and contribute to the production of useful vaccines. The Dengue Group will target Flavivirus disease primarily caused by the Dengue virus, and carry out continuous surveys on molecular epidemiology and mutant monitoring, identify factors involved in increasing the severity of the disease and carrying out social activities to control vector mosquitoes. The Diarrhea Infection Group will also collect the clinical strains of Salmonella, Vibrio and E. Coli pathogens, and carry out drug susceptibility testing and molecular analysis.