On behalf of the Organizing Committee of
Emerging Infections and Pandemic Risk,
Paris, June 21-22, 2018
100 years after the deadliest influenza pandemic in human history – the 1918 Spanish flu – emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases continue to pose a threat to public health around the world. Recent illustrations include the SARS, H1N1, MERS-CoV, Ebola and Zika epidemics, all associated with direct health and wider economic burdens and social instability.
Rapid urbanisation, increased mobility and global economic interdependence exacerbate this threat and add to the challenge of containment. Further, 75% of emerging infectious diseases that have affected humans over the past three decades are known to be of zoonotic origin. Human health is now not only affected by an increasingly interconnected world, but human health, animal health and the health of the surrounding ecosystem are inextricably linked. Being adequately prepared to detect, manage and respond to emerging infectious diseases outbreaks has never been so imperative.
On 21-22 June 2018, the Institut Pasteur, in collaboration with SCOR, will bring together leading international scientists and public health professionals for an inaugural conference on the latest evidence for understanding the emergence, spread, detection and control of infectious diseases with pandemic potential.
The program includes plenary and panel sessions with invited speakers from 20 partner institutions around the world, all focusing on emerging infectious diseases and pandemic risk. Major topics for the conference include: zoonotic spillover, methods and approaches for predicting emergence and spread, genetic sequencing in the context of outbreaks, wider impact of pandemics, and new tools and technologies for detecting and managing emerging infectious diseases outbreaks. Specific subjects addressed include: influenza, HIV, arboviral diseases, viral haemorrhagic fever, digital epidemiology, mathematical modelling and precision public health.