17th International Congress on infectious Diseases

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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One Health for the Real World: zoonoses, ecosystems and wellbeing

This symposium will bring together leading experts from different fields to discuss the topic ‘Healthy ecosystems, healthy people’.

Ecosystems provide services that maintain and improve human wellbeing, such as food provisioning and disease regulation however, they can also generate ‘disservices’, such as reservoirs for new, ‘emerging’ infectious disease from wildlife.

Health is a critical aspect of human wellbeing, interacting with material and social relations to contribute to people’s freedoms and choices, especially in sub-Saharan Africa where clusters of health and disease problems disproportionately affect poor people and contribute further to their poverty.

Healthy ecosystems and healthy people go together, yet the precise relationships between these remain poorly understood.

Understanding the interactions between ecosystem change, disease regulation and human wellbeing is an interdisciplinary challenge which the scientific community is only beginning to address. In policy terms, One Health and Ecohealth are converging approaches resting on the shared principle that the health of humans, animals and ecosystems are interdependent.

There is, however, little integration in understanding the relationships between these sectors. Too often research is divided between those who focus on environmental change and ecosystem services; those who address socio-economic, poverty and wellbeing issues; and those who consider health and disease. This leads to fragmented understandings and inadequate responses.

This symposium will bring together leading experts from different fields to:

  • Present new interdisciplinary frameworks for a real-world One Health approach.
  • Highlight evidence from field-based settings in Africa and beyond.
  • Debate implications for policy and practice.


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9th International Leptospirosis Society Scientific Meeting (ILS 2015)

It is our pleasure to welcome you to the 9th International Leptospirosis Society Scientific Meeting (ILS 2015) and we are proud to host this biennial meeting in Semarang, Central Java, Indonesia, in October 2015.

During the last decade, leptospirosis outbreaks are increasingly reported from many places in the world. Human as well as veterinary communities are at higher burden risk of leptospiral transmissions. The existing global problem of leptospiral infections, as human and animal diseases, may also influence the socio-economic aspects of the affected countries. The clinical and field research on leptospirosis has been done so far but the implementation of study findings is less than adequate.

This scientific meeting is one of the opportunities to present and discuss many issues on leptospirosis. Not only scientific information, the participants will get benefit from networking with colleagues from different background, for research as well as exchange of the experiences and new ideas in management and controlling the disease.

All medical and veterinary scientists, clinicians, public health experts and also people working in related fields are strongly encouraged to attend this meeting and present their work.

The 2015 International Leptospirosis Society Scientific Meeting Semarang, Indonesia October 7-10th, 2015

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World’s biggest veterinary parasitology conference comes to Liverpool

World’s biggest veterinary parasitology conference comes to Liverpool

Parasitology conference liverpoolThe world’s biggest veterinary parasitology conference will be hosted by University of Liverpool researchers this month, which will see delegates from more than 56 countries travel to the city.

In its 25th year, the WAAVP 2015 conference has more than 30 sponsors, exhibitors and university suppliers in attendance. It will be co-chaired by the University’s Professor Diana Williams and Emeritus Professor Lord Sandy Trees.

Delegates will hear from some of the most influential individuals within the field of veterinary parasitology with plenary speakers including Lord Robert May, Professor Janet Hemingway, Professor Wendy Brown and Professor Tim Anderson.

‘Looking to the future’

Professor Williams said: “The overarching theme of this year’s conference is ‘looking to the future’, a theme which enables us to highlight new technologies and scientific approaches and consider how they can be applied to some of the intractable problems veterinary parasitologists face.”

The conference, which takes place at ACC Liverpool, has 11 themes running through the five days, including drugs and drug resistance, climate change and epidemiology and novel technologies.

The opening ceremony will be held on Monday 17th August with a keynote address from Lord Robert May who will discuss ‘Parasites in a Changing World’.

For full details of the conference please visit http://www.waavp2015.com/

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