The H1N1 influenza pandemic that began in 2009 taught us that emerging
diseases will continue to challenge us and defy our expectations. Emerging
in North America rather than Asia, of swine and not avian origin and
spreading rapidly but with less mortality than predicted, the outbreak
of H1N1 influenza A surprised even the most informed observers.
Once again, pandemic brought emerging infectious diseases to the center
of the world’s attention. The realization that new infectious diseases
may be recognized at any time, in any place, has dramatically sharpened
our awareness. What are the most important emerging disease threats?
How can we quickly detect their occurrences in order to respond in a
timely and appropriate way?
The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), is pleased to
invite you to the IMED 2011, following highly successful meetings in
2007 and 2009. Along with our co-sponsors, the Wildlife Conservation
Society, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, the
World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the European Commission,
and the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases,
we are developing a conference that will bring together the public health
community, scientists, health care workers and other leaders in the field
of emerging infectious diseases. The meeting will embrace the “One
Health” concept recognizing
that, just as diseases reach across national boundaries, so do they transcend
species barriers. We therefore welcome the full participation of both
the human and animal health communities.
Centrally located in Europe, the beautiful host city of Vienna is rich
in history and culture. IMED 2011 will be organized by the International
Society for Infectious Diseases, which has over 25 years experience in
running international biomedical meetings.
With outstanding plenary speakers, symposia, and both oral and poster
presentations of submitted abstracts, IMED 2011 is certain to be the
year’s major conference for those involved in the detection, monitoring
and study of emerging pathogens and to those in the front lines of response.
We are very much looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna at the IMED
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
ISID, Boston, USA
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