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World Experts to Tackle Infectious Disease Threats

by 5m Editor
10 February 2011, at 9:43am

AUSTRALIA - More than 600 of the world’s leading experts in human, animal and environmental health will discuss ways to tackle the increasing threat of new infectious disease outbreaks in Melbourne next week at the 1st International One Health Congress.

Hosted by CSIRO, the three-day Congress will focus on the disease risks and challenges posed by interactions between animals, humans and the environment.

It will also recommend policy and organisational changes designed to reduce the risk of national and global outbreaks of diseases like bird flu.

The ‘One Health’ concept is the basis of a new global strategy for expanding interdisciplinary collaborations and communications in all aspects of health care.

Prominent speakers include:

  • CSIRO Australian Animal Health Laboratory Director and One Health Organising Committee Chair, Dr Martyn Jeggo
  • Co-winner of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, immunologist Professor Peter Doherty
  • Australia's Chief Medical Officer, Professor Jim Bishop
  • The coordinator of the World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) Global Alert and Response system, Dr Pierre Formenty
  • The Chief Veterinary Officer the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Dr Juan Lubroth
  • The Co-director of the Center for the Deterrence of Biowarfare and Bioterrorism, University of Louisville, Ronald M Atlas.

For further information on the One Health Congress, click here.