Infectious diseases remain one of the great causes of human suffering in the world. There is an urgent need to develop all possible means of fighting them, and ideally, eradicating them, which will require a global mobilisation of experts across professional fields. It is imperative to collectively reassess the causes behind huge imbalances in the degree to which different populations of the world are afflicted by infectious diseases.
Local differences in the socio-economic and cultural environment, as well as biomedical infrastructure and capabilities, render individuals more or less, and in different ways, vulnerable to disease. The principal aim of this interdisciplinary conference is to bring together life scientists, social scientists and decision-makers to deliberate and to debate on how best to generate and make available the scientific and economic means to protect humanity from infectious agents.
Volker Beck, Advisor to the German Foreign Office Paul Farmer, Harvard Medical School Didier Fassin,EHESS, Paris Laurie Garrett, Newsday, USA Peter N. Goodfellow, GlaxoSmithKline Paul van Helden, Stellenbosch University, South Africa Janet Hemingway, School of Tropical Medicine, Liverpool Helen Maekelae, National Public Health Institute, Helsinki Carlos Morel, Tropical Disease Research, WHO George Poste, CEO, Health Technology Networks, Gilbertsville, PA Yiming Shao, National Center for AIDS Prevention and Control, Beijing, China Robert Ridley, Product Research and Development, WHO Marcel Tanner, Director, Swiss Tropical Institute, Basel, Switzerland Jan van Aken, Sunshine Project, Hamburg John Walker, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, UK Robin A. Weiss, University College London, UK
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