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It is a pleasure to announce the Fifth International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, IMED 2014 to be held in Vienna, Austria from October 31 to November 3, 2014. Now established as a fixture for those whose work deals with threats from infectious agents, IMED 2014 will once again bring leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to Vienna to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens.
The International Meeting on Emerging Diseases (IMED 2014) is organized by the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) and its Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED-mail). Emerging infectious diseases are at the center of the world’s attention. The threats posed by pandemic influenza, bioterrorism and the realization that new infectious diseases may be recognized at any time, in any place, have dramatically raised our awareness and our need to understand emerging pathogens. What are the most important emerging disease threats? What biological, ecological, social and other factors lead to their emergence? How can we quickly detect their occurrences in order to respond in timely and appropriate ways? This meeting will fully embody the “one health” model of emerging diseases, recognizing the commonality of human and animal health.
Since its inception, IMED has been a summit that unifies our approach to pathogens in the broadest ecological context. Drawing together human and veterinary health specialists, IMED serves as a true One Health forum where those working in diverse specialties and diverse regions can meet, discuss, present and challenge one another with findings and new ideas.
While pathogens emerge and mutate, our methodology for detection, surveillance, prevention, control, and treatment also continue to evolve. New approaches to the uses of social media and data mining, novel laboratory methods, rapid point-of-care diagnostics, public health, risk communication, political and societal responses to outbreaks have all seen innovation and change that will be explored at IMED 2014.
ProMED and the International Society for Infectious Diseases, along with all of our co-sponsors and participating organizations, look forward to welcoming you to Vienna.
Chair, Scientific Program Committee
ISID, Boston, USA