WHO Influenza Centre

Director: John McCauley

The WHO Influenza Centre at NIMR is one of five WHO Collaborating Centres for Reference and Research on Influenza which together with some 118 National Influenza Centres in 89 countries comprise the WHO Global Surveillance Network.

It was established in 1948 at the behest of the newly formed World Health Organisation (WHO). This reflected, on the one hand, the initial identification of the human influenza virus at NIMR in 1933 and the subsequent prominent interest in influenza, and, on the other hand, the introduction of influenza vaccine in 1945 and the appreciation that antigenic drift required regular revision of the vaccine composition.


The prime objectives of the WHO network include:

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