International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance 2018

9th to 12th November 2018, Vienna, Austria.

IMED 2018 will once again bring leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to Vienna to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, monitor, understand, prevent, and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens.

Since the last IMED in 2016, newly emerged diseases and outbreaks of familiar ones have continued to challenge us. While not a new pathogen, the explosive emergence of Zika virus in the Americas and the recognition of congenital anomalies complicating infection during pregnancy led to an international public health emergency.  Eruptions of highly pathogenic avian influenza in poultry, wild birds and humans continue to occur.

Diseases at the human-wildlife interface ranging from rabies to plague to Ebola continue to draw our attention. Growing antimicrobial resistance by pathogens to all types of therapeutic agents raises fundamental obstacles to our ability to respond to outbreaks and pandemics. The international spread of antimicrobial-resistant pathogens and even the genetic elements underlying them makes this a global problem.

Since its inception, IMED has been a summit that unifies our approach to pathogens in the broadest ecological context. Drawing together human, veterinary, and environmental health specialists, IMED serves as a true One Health forum where those working in diverse specialties and diverse regions can meet, discuss, present and challenge one another with findings and new ideas. Representatives of the international One Health “tripartite”- WHO, FAO and OIE – have been invited to participate in developing IMED’s program.

Planned session topics include:
  • emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals and the “One Health” concept;
  • methods and models of disease surveillance, detection, and prediction;
  • lessons from the Zika epidemic;
  • emerging zoonoses and animal health threats;
  • biosecurity and agents of bioterrorism and biological warfare;
  • infections related to travel and migration of humans and animals;
  • advanced diagnostic technologies for emerging infectious diseases;
  • foodborne and waterborne pathogens

and others.

General Information
Date: 9th to 12th November 2018

Hilton Vienna
Am Stadtpark
1030 Vienna

For more information visit the congress website.

Published in GI-Mail 09/2018 (German edition). Sign up for GI-Mail here.  

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