When you’re putting a puzzle together, you need all its pieces. Each is important to complete the picture. Otherwise, you’ll be left with gaps. Science is an ongoing puzzle that demands scientific experts to analyze the world around them to get the full picture of the world we live in. This is particularly important for infectious disease work. To protect global health, it’s helpful to study viruses from our past and present to plan for the future. When it comes to preventing the next pandemic, bringing scientists together from multiple backgrounds and countries is important to form that cohesive image. Recently, scientists from Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition partner sites came to Abbott Park, IL to connect with their peers and to learn about best practices for viral surveillance and discovery. “The goal of having the Abbott Pandemic Defense Coalition partners’ scientists onsite is to foster collaboration and knowledge sharing between our team of scientists to build a network of collaborators across the world for decades to come,” said Dr. Gavin Cloherty, head of infectious disease research at Abbott and the Coalition. Putting the Pieces Together When you’re hunting and fighting viruses, international collaboration is crucial. The next virus of pandemic potential can appear anywhere, so it’s critical to surveil viruses globally through on-the-ground efforts and sharing the findings. Using the latest technology and methodologies to find those viral needles in the haystack can expedite the work and response from local virus hunters.