Wellcome Sanger Institute

Climate Amplified Diseases and Epidemics (CLIMADE) consortium

CLIMADE is a consortium of global scientists focused on developing knowledge, surveillance tools and adequate interventions to decrease the impact of climate amplified diseases and epidemics.


The CLIMADE consortium brings together partners around the globe that have long-term experience working with climate amplified epidemics and pathogens’ genomics. Partners include public health agencies, academic organizations, and the industry.


To generate knowledge and develop tools to predict, track and control diseases and epidemics in the most affected countries in the world

To use this data to prevent new epidemics and pandemics that can be amplified by climate change.

To use the medical, scientific and public health experience of epidemiology, ecology and evolution to help the world create a robust surveillance system to quickly identify pathogens and track their evolution and spread to control outbreaks before they become epidemics and epidemics before they become pandemics.


CLIMADE is led by Prof. Tulio de Oliveira, from the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI) in South Africa, Prof. Luiz Carlos Alcantara, from the Fundação Osvaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ) in Brazil and Prof. Edward C Holmes (Univ Sydney) in Australia in conjunction with a steering committee drawn from scientists worldwide.

Sanger people

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John Sillitoe

Director of Genomic Surveillance Unit

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Prof Tulio de Oliveira

Deputy Director, Genomic Surveillance Unit

External Contributors

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Prof. Luiz Carlos Alcantara

Fundação Osvaldo Cruz (FIOCRUZ), Brazil

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Professor Edward Holmes

University of Sydney, Australia

External partners and funders


Partner: Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation (CERI)

Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Related groups

Affiliated Sites


Climade website