A few more thanks and announcements for the GRRS.  We wanted to say thank you to the following researchers that helped with Beta testing.  Their contributions improved the functionality of the GRRS.

Jason Hoverman, Purdue University
David Lesbarreres, Laurentian University
Danna Schock, Keyano College
Dede Olson's Lab, U.S. Forest Service
Stephen Price, University College London
Yvonne Black, University of Edinburgh
Rolando Mazzoni, Universidade Federal de Goiás
Yumi Une, Azabu University

Also, we wanted everyone to be aware of the use disclaimer, which is available at:

Lastly, there are several instructional videos on the GRRS website (; however, we wanted to share a 5-min video that EHA made highlighting the GRRS' capabilities.

Thanks much again to everyone involved in conceiving and creating the GRRS.  We've already heard that it might serve as a template for Bsal reporting.

All the Best, Matt

From: Matt Gray <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Date: Tuesday, August 4, 2015 5:04 PM
To: Global Ranavirus Consortium <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Cc: Matt Gray <[log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>>
Subject: Global Ranavirus Reporting System is Live!

Dear GRC:

The Global Ranavirus Reporting System (GRRS) is live!!

Here is a press release:

Many thanks to the scientists and programmers at the EcoHealth Alliance (Andrew Huff, Russell Horton, Nathan Breit, Amy Slagle), Dede Olson (U.S. Forest Service), and several GRC members (Jesse Brunner, Amanda Duffus, Debra Miller) for their efforts in creating this state-of-the-art online geospatial database for ranaviruses.  Unlike many mapping systems, supportive evidence can be uploaded with each case including photos and diagnostic information.  Records can be sorted and uploaded by various case attributes including host and ranavirus species, population type (captive vs. wild), and diagnostic techniques.

We encourage all ranavirus researchers to upload previously confirmed cases (published and unpublished) of ranavirus infection and disease by 31 December 2015.  Once the GRRS is populated, its full potential will be realized.  You can upload cases as individual records or in bulk with a CSV file.  After files are uploaded, a database manager will inspect them before they are released publically.  Records can be shared with the public fully or obfuscated.  Video and written instructions are provided on the GRRS website.  Additionally, questions and suggestions for improvement can be emailed to Amanda Duffus ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>) or Jesse Brunner ([log in to unmask]<mailto:[log in to unmask]>).

All the Best,
Matthew J. Gray, Ph.D., Professor
Director, Global Ranavirus Consortium<>
Co-chair, PARC National Disease Task Team<>
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