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

Selected video recordings of the symposium's lectures and discussions are available here.

Date: 10.03.2018

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

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 was 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.


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   Advances in Infectious Disease Diagnosis
                       Prof. Dr. Matthias Niedrig, Robert Koch Institute, Germany

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   Anthropology of Infectious Diseases
                       Prof. Peter J. Brown, Emory Global Health Institute, Emory University, USA

11:40 - 13:30   Lunch and Poster Session

13:30 - 14:00   Changing Epidemiology of Infectious Disease Outbreak

14:00 - 14:30   Coffee Break

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

16:30 - 17:00   Closing ceremony


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