STEFAN S. NICOLAU INSTITUTE OF VIROLOGY
The Stefan S. Nicolau Institute of Virology (IVN) is a non-profit institute of the Romanian Academy founded in 1949 by Professor Stefan S. Nicolau, a Pasteur Institute pioneer in virology that strongly prompted basic research and launched medical virology in Romania. Starting from basic biomedical research, the institute initiated studies of major public health relevance: from epidemiology of viral hepatitis; the identification of a major AIDS outbreak in children (which led to the introduction of HIV testing in Romania); the investigation of horizontally HIV-infected children (that identified the F HIV subtype as being the most prevalent in Romania); the development of a live attenuated measles vaccine; research on viral oncolysis; interferon production and signaling; the identification of West Nile virus as the etiological agent of a large outbreak of meningoencephalitis in Romania; to its current involvement in testing and research on SARS-CoV-2.
Since 1949, the institute has been hosting the chair of virology of the Carol Davila University of Medicine (with more than 800 students).
In the last 20 years, IVN has developed important research programs with public health relevance (AIDS, viral hepatitis, respiratory viral diseases, emerging viral diseases), and also in the fields of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders, cancer, and chronic disorders, with significant results for health care.