CIIE Winter Symposium: A global persepctive on emerging infectious diseases

  • Event:  Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution Winter Symposium:  A global persepctive on emerging infectious diseases
  • When:  Wednesday 21 January 2015
  • Time:  9 - 6 pm
  • Location:  Lecture theatre 3, Ashworth Laboratories, Kings Buildings
  • Registration:  click here; closing date 14 January 2015

The recent outbreaks of Ebola virus in Africa and of MERS coronavirus in the Middle East, the alarming new propensity of enterovirus D68 to cause paralysis and numerous fatalities and the impending crisis of antibiotic resistance have pushed global infectious diseases into public awareness as never before. These examples are part of a wave of newly emerging infectious agents that pose a continual threat to human health. They demand coordinated responses from scientists, clinicians and health agencies to prevent transmission, develop effective screening and preventative programmes, vaccination and fundamental research into the cause of emergence and the means to predict and contain their early spread.

This one day symposium will host a number of international experts in emerging infectious diseases who will cover topics of epidemic and evolutionary modelling of emerging agents, genome analysis, and clinical and public health perspectives on how their spread can be predicted, contained and prevented. The symposium will be invaluable to both scientists and clinicians working in the infectious disease area and in wider areas of biology and clinical medicine.


9:00 Registration and coffee

9:30 Marion Koopmans (Erasmus Medical Centre, Utrecht, the Netherlands) - The origin and epidemiology of MERS coronavirus
10:00 Philippe Glaser (Biology of Gram-positive Pathogens Unit, Institut Pasteur, Paris) - Overuse of a broad spectrum antibiotic and the emergence of group B streptococcus neonatal infections (TBC)
10:30 Ben Brennan (Centre for Virus Research, University of Glasgow) - Newly discovered bunyaviruses causing severe haemorrhagic disease

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 Steve Baker (OUCRU, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) - The emergence of antimicrobial resistance in Klebsiella
12:00 Frank Katzer (Moredun Research Institute) - Catchment studies to identify sources of protozoal contamination:  How safe is your drinking water?

12:30 Lunch

13:30 Ross Fitzgerald (Roslin Institute) - Evolutionary history of Staphylococcus aureus in humans and animals
14:00 Xavier de Lamballerie (Unité des Virus Emergents, Université Marseilles) - Chikungunya in the Americas
14:30 Maia Rabaa (CIIE and OUCRU, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) - VIZIONS: tracking the emergence of viral zoonoses in a high risk setting

15:00 Coffee break

15:30 Paul Digard (Roslin Institute) - Deciphering the genetics of influenza A virus host range
16:00 Neil Ferguson (Department of Infectious Disease Modelling, Imperial College, London) - Transmission dynamics of Ebola in West Africa and implications for control TBC
16:30 Andrew Rambaut (CIIE) - The evolution and phylodynamics of Ebola virus

17:00 Discussion, drinks and nibbles

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