SPARK is a Centre of Research Excellence aimed at strengthening preparedness in the Asia-Pacific region through knowledge, under the ASEAN-Pacific Infectious Disease and Response program (APIDDaR). The consortium includes collaborations from globally recognized public health institutions in Australia and the Asia Pacific region. The program areas focus on public health workforce development and strengthening outbreak detection and management systems and processes, to ultimately increase regional capacity using quantitative methods and modelling.
Based at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity at the University of Melbourne (UoM) in Melbourne, Australia, the SPARK CRE consortium includes:
- Nossal Institute for Global Health
- Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (WEHI)
- Australian National University (ANU)
- CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisations)
- Mahidol University, Thailand
- Pasteur Institute, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
- The Eijkman-Oxford Clinical Research Unit, Indonesia
SPARK is an acronym for Strengthening Preparedness in the Asia-Pacific Region through Knowledge, and builds on the PRISM2 CRE.