International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance
The sixth International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, IMED 2016 will be held in Vienna, Austria from 4–7 November 2016. For those whose work deals with threats from infectious agents, IMED 2016 will once again bring leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to Vienna to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens
The West African Ebola outbreak presented an unparalleled crisis of global proportions and there are many lessons yet to be learned from it. MERS coronavirus continued to challenge the Middle East, spreading dangerously in the healthcare setting, and showed its global threat with a major outbreak in the Republic of Korea. Eruptions of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry, wild birds and humans continue to occur. Zika virus appeared for the first time in the Americas, spreading widely in this region with plentiful competent vectors. A frightening role in fetal malformation has emerged. Diseases at the human-wildlife interface ranging from rabies to plague to Nipah continue to draw our attention. Growing resistance by pathogens to all types of therapeutic agents raises fundamental obstacles to our ability to respond to outbreaks and pandemics. We have witnessed the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict and the threat of intentional use of biological agents for nefarious purposes remains as real as ever.
Planned session topics include
- Emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals and the “One Health” concept
- Global migration, refugee and immigrant health and questions regarding the re-emergence of diseases and screening of migrants to Europe and elsewhere
- Technology, big data and disease surveillance
- Ebola, Zika and beyond
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Future epidemics: drivers of emerging diseases, human-animal interface, ecosystems and environment
- Prevention of and response to emerging diseases and epidemics including vaccines
- Advances in science and their applications: rapid and advanced diagnostics
- Data sharing during outbreaks and beyond
- Laboratory biosafety and agents of bioterrorism/biological warfare
Authors with original research are encouraged to submit abstracts related to the above-mentioned topics and related fields of investigation.Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2016.
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