High consequence infectious disease from bench to outbreak response



HPRU EZI’s Pathogen Discovery and Characterisation (Proteomics) Theme Lead, Professor Julian Hiscox led a conference held at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. The conference was jointly organised by Public Health England, The University of Liverpool and Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine to debate and discuss issues around high consequence infectious disease.

The ongoing outbreak of Ebola in DRC and the recent one in West Africa highlight the potential ability of emerging pathogens to cause public health crises of international concern. Associated imported cases of high consequence infectious diseases have a high case fatality rate with a lack of proven effective treatments. They present challenges in rapid recognition and coordination is required at a national level to ensure an effective and consistent response. The two-day symposium provided participants with a unique opportunity to hear from world-class speakers with first hand expertise of researching and managing a range of HCIDs. Discussion covered the broad picture of this emerging threat, and the challenges that arise from it.  The programme was enriched with a combination of experience and lessons from the field, but also included basic research that is leading to innovation approaches in diagnosis and treatment. The symposium was of interest to a broad range of health specialists including  clinicians, scientific researchers, public health specialists as well as policy makers.

The speakers and experts in infectious disease included:

  • Dr Gulay Korukluoglu, Public Health Institute, Turkey
  • Dr Ian Crozier, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/ World Health Organisation
  • Dr Gary Kobinger, Université Laval
  • Professor Sharon Peacock, University College London
  • Professor Miles Carroll, Public Health England
  • Sir Michael Jacob




Posted on: 17/06/2019