SCHEDULE FOR ICOPHAI 2015 IS AVAILABLE NOW
Dear Scientists, Policy-makers and all prospective ICOPHAI 2015 participants:
Although significant improvements in environmental and medical surveillance, clinical diagnostic methods, and clinical practices have been achieved in the recent years, zoonotic emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) remain a major global concern and such threats are expanding, especially in less developed regions. The current Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a stark reminder of the role animal reservoirs play in public health and reinforces the urgent need for operationalizing One Health approach globally. The complex nature of zoonotic diseases and the limited resources in developing countries are reminders that the need for implementation of Global One Health in low-resource settings is a crucial component of global health. The Veterinary Public Health and Biotechnology (VPH-Biotec) Global Consortium launched the International Congress on Pathogens at the Human-Animal Interface (ICOPHAI) in order to address important challenges and needs for capacity building. Details on outcome and recommendations can be found on our recent article published on PLoS NTD. The 3rd ICOPHAI congress is scheduled to be held at the heart of the South-eastern Asia in Chiang Mai, Thailand, a region known to be a hot spot for emerging zoonoses. On behalf of the Organizing body, we would like to invite you to join us on this important global knowledge sharing platform.
Who should attend this congress? Scientists and policy-makers committed to make a difference in global health mainly on infectious diseases at the interface of human, animal and ecosystem. Professionals including physicians, public health experts; veterinarians, ecologists, behavioralists, basic scientists, microbiologists, pharmacologists and pharmaceutical medicine, nurses, sociologists, animal scientists, wild-life conservationists and others working in relevant field and capacity building efforts are welcome.
What geographic regions are included? ICOPHAI is open to all global partners. While the major emphasis is on science and policy-makers in developing regions including Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, the dialogue between developing and developed regions is crucial. Presentations from diverse scientists, development partners and policy-makers from all geographic regions are welcome.
Prof. Wondwossen A. Gebreyes Prof. Pongruk Sribanditmongkol (MD, PhD)
Chair, ICOPHAI Honorary Co-Chair of ICOPHAI 2015
Director of Global Health Programs, CVM-OSU Vice President for Planning and Development, CMU