Dear Members, Colleagues, Sponsors and Friends:
In this ever shrinking world where people, products and pathogens move rapidly
around the globe, our collective expertise and experience will enable us to find
answers to the infectious disease challenges confronting us all. It is in this
shared spirit of scientific excellence and collegial collaboration that preparations
have begun for the 14th International Congress on Infectious Diseases to be held
in Miami, Florida from March 9-12, 2010. Building on the unqualified successes
of our most recent biannual meetings in Lisbon and Kuala Lumpur, the International
Society for Infectious Diseases is delighted to return to North America for the
We are very excited about coming to Miami, an internationally recognized
multicultural, multilingual and dynamic city that serves as a welcoming entry
point into the United States. Miami also is home to outstanding universities
and medical centers, and has a worldwide reputation as a pioneer city in international
medicine, infectious diseases research and practice.
Whether you are a clinician, researcher, educator, public health
official or practitioner of any of the disciplines that contribute
to the care of patients with infectious diseases, please mark your
calendars and make plans to join thousands of your colleagues from
approximately 100 different countries in Miami at the Congress.
The 14th ICID will continue the unique educational approach that distinguish International Congresses on Infectious Diseases from other meetings, namely a scientific program that runs the spectrum from cutting edge science to state-of the-art practices to global infectious disease control, all presented by a truly international faculty and attended by participants whose diverse backgrounds create an incomparable opportunity for the worldwide exchange of information for the benefit of our patients and societies.
Plenary lectures by world leaders in infectious disease and microbiologic research, clinical practice and health policy will be complemented by symposia organized, moderated and presented by experts in their respective fields, interactive meet-the-professor sessions headed by engaging faculty and daily oral and poster presentations based on submitted abstracts. Importantly, the Congress allows members to renew and expand their participation in the Society and non-members to become members that contribute to its future. The Congress also provides a perfect environment for stimulating intellectual exchange and camaraderie, essential elements for the creation of new ideas and partnerships.
We look forward to your participation in Miami in March 2010, and to working together on the world's premier multispecialty global infectious diseases conference.
Raul E. Isturiz, MD, FACP
President, International Society for Infectious Diseases
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On behalf of the ISTM it is my great pleasure to invite you to
attend the 4th Regional Conference of the International Society
of Travel Medicine (RCISTM4) to be conducted jointly as the II
Congreso Latinoamericano de Medicina del Viajero (SLAMVI) just
before and during the 14th International Congress on Infectious
Diseases (ICID) to be held in Miami, Florida, USA from March 9–12,
The biennial RCISTM conferences are established as a venue to enhance
the practice and science of travel medicine and to foster the growth
of the discipline of travel medicine as well as the growth of a
local travel medicine society within a different region each meeting.
This marks the first time that ISTM has partnered with a Latin
American regional partner, and we are particularly privileged to
collaborate with SLAMVI (Sociedad
Latinoamericana de Medicina de Viajero).
SLAMVI will oversee together with
ISTM a program integrated into the 14th ICID that will highlight
travel medicine issues in the Americas and beyond in all the usual
formats expected at an ISTM meeting.
Miami has a vibrant cultural heritage and is a truly bilingual city. Recognizing
the unique value of its traditions and current place as the crossroads of the
Americas, it seems a fitting location for a regional Latin American meeting attracting
attendees from all of Latin America.
By partnering with the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID),
we can guarantee conference attendees a rich educational experience in the setting
of a robust and well-established international forum.
We are also pleased to offer the Certificate in Travel Health (CTH) examination
to our members in Miami and hope this will also encourage general attendance
at the 4th RCISTM.
Alan J. Magill, MD
President, International Society for Travel Medicine (ISTM)
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Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the II Congreso
Latinoamericano de Medicina del Viajero organized by SLAMVI,
the Sociedad Latinoamericana de Medicina del Viajero, and we are
proud to announce this congress to be held jointly with ISTM in
their 4th Regional Conference (RCISTM4). We are furthermore honored
to have been invited by ISID, the International Society for Infectious
Diseases, to conduct both meetings within their 14th International
Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) to be held in Miami, Florida,
USA from March 9 - 12, 2010.
SLAMVI is immensely grateful to ISTM to have chosen Latin America
as the region for their fourth biennial regional conference, with
the main goal of promoting the growth of Travel Medicine as a prominent
specialty in our region. This is a unique opportunity for SLAMVI
to consolidate its scientific growth and membership, by calling
all specialists in Latin America to join our young society.
ISTM and SLAMVI will organize
a program that will be part of the 14th ICID, focusing all aspects
of our rapidly developing discipline with a particular emphasis
on the main issues of Travel Medicine in our region that we hope
will attract the interest of all attendees. Particularly on March
9th, we will have the opportunity of holding several sessions specially
directed to Latin American specialists attending the II Congreso
Latinoamericano and as recognition to our language, our partnering
associations have honored us to have Spanish and Portuguese as
the official languages of these sessions.
On behalf of SLAMVI, our special thanks to ISID for their generous
proposal for this joint meeting and their spirit of cooperation with
our society. Holding a Travel Medicine meeting within the scope of
such a traditional Infectious Diseases Conference will present the
challenge of a wider audience, and thus a higher chance of fostering
the development of Travel Medicine in the region. Also, holding a
Latin American meeting in Miami constitutes a fabulous scenario for
the Americas, in what has been increasingly acknowledged as a developing
bridge across the whole continent.
We look forward to a meeting full of creative thinking and productive
debate, which will also let us avail ourselves of the expertise of
a relevant Faculty and take back home new knowledge. We hope that
while attending this meeting you will also have a chance to enjoy
the dynamic life of Miami.
See you there! Nos vemos ahi!
Mario Masana Wilson, MD
President, Sociedad Latinoamericana de Medicina del Viajero (SLAMVI)
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