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RTI Recognized by Altino Ventura Foundation for Zika Research

The institute received the 2021 Social Vision Award from the foundation

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. — Researchers from RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, have been honored by the Altino Ventura Foundation with the 2021 Social Vision Award, recognizing the institute’s ongoing research involving children with congenital Zika syndrome and their families and caregivers.

“We are honored to have received this recognition from the Altino Ventura Foundation,” said Anne Wheeler, Ph.D., a research public health analyst at RTI. “The children and families that have been willing to offer their time, attention, and trust to our research team have made this work possible. We hope our research proves to be an important contribution to the world’s understanding of the virus.”

Wheeler and her team have been examining developmental delays in children diagnosed with congenital Zika syndrome since 2015. Results from a five-year longitudinal study by Wheeler and her colleagues that assessed developmental delays in children diagnosed with the virus were published last year.

The 2015 Zika outbreak in northeastern Brazil left thousands of children with significant brain injury. Although the outbreak is no longer considered a pandemic, 447 cases of Zika in pregnant women were reported in 2019, suggesting that Zika continues to pose a threat.

Learn more about RTI’s Zika virus research