The International Society for Infectious Diseases will hold our next International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) in Hyderabad, India, from the 2nd to the 5th March 2016. The ISID has always had a particular focus on the global burden of infectious diseases and I am therefore particularly pleased that the meeting will be held in India, the fi rst time that we have visited that country and a real opportunity for us to get to know the many colleagues who work there and in other parts of the region. The meeting will encompass all of the fields of infectious diseases with particular attention being paid to the major challenges of the region including AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, pneumonia and enteric infections including typhoid fever and diarrhea. In addition, major areas of neglected tropical diseases will be discussed and there will be a particular focus on disease prevention and vaccination.

One of the things that distinguishes ISID meetings is the unique blend of state-of-the-art scientifi c presentations that encompass both basic science and clinical practice, delivered by a truly international faculty who uniquely have the handson experience and knowledge of the conditions that they discuss. Our meetings are also notable for their representation from an extraordinarily wide range of countries, and the opportunity for close exchange and communication between the most senior and more junior colleagues.

ISID is a truly global society with over 60,000 members worldwide, and a vibrant range of activities that includes ProMED, our biennial meeting on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IMED), a prestigious Fellowship program, the International Journal of Infectious Diseases and much more. We are greatly looking forward to collaborating with our colleagues in India and we hope you will be able to join us for what will be an outstanding meeting.

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