Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Medical School, 1st Microbiological Laboratory - Equipment
For the purchase of a Bio-Plex Suspension Array System.  The equipment measures cytokine, which is crucial for assessing and detecting serious and life-threatening illnesses that are caused by specific pathogenic viruses.

The equipment enables the laboratory’s research team to accelerate medical test results and provide an immediate prognosis as to whether a virus will develop into a fatal or non-fatal form.
 
The 1st Microbiological Laboratory consists of the Aids Unit, the Intestine Viruses Unit, the Mycology and Bacteriology Unit, and the Molecular Diagnostic and Specific Pathogenic Viruses Unit.  The equipment is mainly used by the Molecular Diagnostic and Specific Pathogenic Viruses Unit, which was founded in 1970 and initially examined all kinds of viruses. Since 1980, it has focused on specific pathogenic viruses and is the only laboratory of its kind in Greece. It seeks to tackle disease outbreaks and epidemics that are caused by specific pathogenic viruses. The Unit conducts approximately 2,000 tests on a yearly basis.  It operates as a National Arboviruses and Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses Reference Center and as a certified laboratory of the World Health Organization. It is also a member of the Aris network, which consists of five laboratories dedicated to combating bioterrorism.