Representation from 41 countries confirmed for the Lancet Asia Medical Forum on Pandemic Influenza

Representatives from 41 countries and 148 international organisations are set to convene in Singapore for the inaugural Lancet Asia Medical Forum--Preparing for pandemic influenza: the avian dimension and other emerging threats (May 3-4, 2006). 400 delegates are expected to attend in total.

22 world-renowned speakers are confirmed for the forum including:

  • Professor John Oxford, Professor of Virology at St Bartholomew's and the Royal London Hospital, Queen Mary's School of Medicine and Dentistry, London, UK
  • Professor Albert Osterhaus, Head of Institute of Virology, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands
  • Professor Leo Yee Sin, Clinical Director, Communicable Disease Centre, Singapore
  • Professor Roy M Anderson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College, London, UK
  • Dr Martin Meltzer, Senior Health Economist, National Center for Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA, USA
  • Dr Robert G Webster, Rose Marie Thomas Chair, Department of Infectious Diseases, St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN, USA

The sessions over the 2-days include:

  • Overviews of human and avian influenza worldwide
  • Evolution of avian influenza viruses
  • Molecular determinants of influenza host range and interspecies transmission
  • Clinical manifestations of the H5N1 virus
  • Development of vaccines against pandemic influenza
  • WHO pandemic preparedness planning
  • Identifying the gaps in pandemic preparation

John McConnell, Editor of The Lancet Infectious Diseases, states: "An influenza pandemic could have a devastating effect on human health and the global economy. It is vital that health professionals and policy makers have the information necessary to prepare for such a pandemic. In Singapore, we will bring together the world's leading experts on influenza with the aim of providing a complete briefing on pandemic preparedness."

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The forum is jointly organised by The Lancet, Elsevier Health Sciences and Reed Exhibitions, and supported by the Singapore Ministry of Health. To view the latest programme visit: http://www.asiamedicalforum.com/programme.html

Journalists who would like to attend the forum free of charge will need to seek accreditation. Please visit http://www.asiamedicalforum.com/index.html for more information.

Contacts: The Lancet press office: + 44 (0) 207 424 4949 / 4249 pressoffice@lancet.com

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Ms. Eileen Hor, Reed Exhibitions Singapore at +65-6780 4591 / eileen.hor@reedexpo.com.sg


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