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Symposium on Infectious Diseases - Behind enemy lines: The hunt for future epidemics


Location: Munich, Germany
Anatomical Institute, Pettenkoferstrasse 11, Lecture hall A202

Date: 10.03.2018

Across the world, epidemics of infectious disease have killed more humans in history than any other cause. The morbidity and mortality of infectious diseases profoundly shape politics, business and culture. Infectious diseases are not only spreading faster, they appear to be emerging more quickly than ever before posing greater public health treat. It is therefore crucial to anticipate future epidemics by accumulating knowledge through appropriate research and by monitoring infectious diseases emergence using indicators from different sources.

The aim of the Symposium is to examine the lessons learnt from the changing epidemiology of infectious disease outbreaks, interrogate evidence based emergency response approaches and their anthropological utility as well as to explore the advancements in infectious disease diagnostics and computational biology. The symposium promises to offer new insights into infectious disease outbreak to all scientists particularly researchers in the field of infectious diseases, public health practitioners, laboratories scientists, students and all other interested individuals.

CME Credit: 8 CME credit points have been applied to the Bavarian Medical Association.


08:30 - 09:00   Registration

09:00 - 09:10   Welcome and Introduction

09:10 - 09:40   The Global threat from Infectious Disease outbreak: 
                         Lessons missed and learnt
                         Prof. Dr. Bettina Borisch, Institute of Global Health
                         University of Geneva, Switzerland

09:40 - 10:10   Changing Epidemiology of Infectious Disease Outbreak
                         Dr. Ambrose Talisuna, World Health Organization, Regional Office                                    for Africa - Congo, Brazzaville, The Republic of Congo

10:10 - 10:40   Coffee Break

10:40 - 11:10   Infectious Disease Outbreak and Emergencies
                         Dr. Chadia Wannous, Coordinator of "Towards a Safer World" Network                              for Pandemic Preparedness, Switzerland

11:10 - 11:40   Advances in Infectious Disease Diagnosis
                         Prof. Dr. Matthias Niedrig, Robert Koch Institute, Germany

11:40 - 13:30   Lunch and Poster Session

13:30 - 14:00   Anthropology of Infectious Diseases
                         Prof. Peter J. Brown, Emory Global Health Institute
                         Emory University, USA

14:00 - 14:30   Coffee Break

14:30 - 16:30   Panel Discussion
                         Moderator: Prof. Dr. Bettina Borisch

16:30 - 17:00   Closing ceremony


The registration deadline is March 3, 2018.

Registration fee: 
30 EUR General audience
10 EUR Students

Registration consists of two steps:

1. 1. Please register until March 3, 2018 via Registration Form
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Symposium Flyer (PDF 640 KB)