International Symposium on Avian Influenza. 23-25/01/2008, Bangkok, Thailand
Following recurrent outbreaks of avian influenza in Thailand and many other Asian Countries, it is necessary to prepare for potential influenza pandemics through research and development. A multidimensional approach to the subject is required including: socio-economic, public health, and most importantly, science and technology issues. Presently, laboratories worldwide, both public and private sectors, have been working on research and development in several aspects, i.e.
pandemic vaccine development and testing, antiviral drugs and basic research to understand the nature of influenza viruses. An effective and timely response to the global threat of an influenza pandemic must be established through a regional and international research network. In this regard, an international conference is conceptualized to be a stage for scientific communication between regional and international researchers as well as for sharing recent research information.
Bangkok International Conference on Avian Influenza 2008: Integration from Knowledge to Control will be held during 23-25 January 2008, at Napalai Ballroom, The Dusit Thani, Bangkok, Thailand. The aim of the Conference is to stage a forum in which researchers and scientists working in the field of avian influenza can exchange information and experience, which could possibly lead to future research collaborations. A number of notable scientists in this field have agreed to participate in this important Conference. It is the aim of BIOTEC that this conference will contribute to avian and pandemic influenza action plans, e.g.
risk communication and public awareness, improved pandemic preparedness plans, as well as collaboration and sharing of resources and specimens among research groups.
Edouard Amouroux (IRD), Stéphanie Desvaux (CIRAD): "Use of individual-based modeling for a better understanding of HPAI epidemiology in North Viet Nam: approach proposed and description of GAMA platform"
Flavie Goutard: "Assessment of the risk of introduction and dissemination of the HPAI H5N1 virus in Ethiopia"
Marisa Peyre: "FluTrop: an interactive online platform on avian influenza research and surveillance in southern countries"