High Consequence Infectious Disease from Bench to Outbreak Response

Wed, 29 May 2019

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High Consequence Infectious Disease from Bench to Outbreak Response.

NIHR funded Health Protection Research Unit in Emerging and Zoonotic Infections will be hosting a conference jointly organised by Public Health England, 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. This two-day symposium will provide participants with a unique opportunity to hear from world-class speakers with first hand expertise of researching and managing a range of HCIDs. We aim to cover the broad picture of this emerging threat, and the challenges that arise from it.

The symposium is of interest for a broad range of health specialists including clinicians, scientific researchers, public health specialists as well as policy makers.

We have curated a programme of high profile speakers and experts in infectious disease including: 

  • Professor Tatjana Avšič - Županc, Univerza v Ljubljani
  • Dr Ian Crozier, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)/ World Health Organisation
  • Dr Gary Kobinger, Université Laval
  • Professor Miles Carroll, Public Health England
  • Dr Shevin Jacob, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
  • Sir Michael Jacobs, Royal Free Hospital
  • Dr Armand Sprecher, Médecins Sans Frontières