VIENNA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The 6th International Meeeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance (IMED 2016) brings together leading scientists, clinicians and policy-makers to present new knowledge and breakthroughs in the area of emerging diseases and discuss how to discover, detect, understand, prevent and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens. The meeting fully embodies the “One Health” model of emerging diseases, recognizing the commonality of human, environmental and animal health.
Planned Session Topics include:
- Emerging infectious diseases in humans and animals and the "One Health" concept
- Global migration, refugee and immigrant health and questions regarding the re-emergence of diseases and screening of migrants to Europe and elsewhere
- Technology, big data and disease surveillance
- Ebola, Zika and beyond
- Antimicrobial resistance
- Future epidemics: drivers of emerging diseases, human-animal interface, and ecosystems
- Prevention of and response to epidemics
- Data sharing during outbreaks and beyond
- Agents of bioterrorism/biological warfare
The IMED abstract submission deadline is July 1, 2016.
Highlight Hackathon, November 3 to 5, 2016
For the first time, IMED 2016 will be preceded by a hackathon. To accelerate the development of innovative approaches to detect, predict and prevent the next outbreak, the hackathon will bring together multidisciplinary teams to develop practice-oriented solutions at the intersections of climate change, migration, technology, medicine, the public and private sectors, and social economy. Prototype projects will be presented during IMED. Hackathon partners include MIT Hacking Medicine based at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA; Center for Public Health, Medical University of Vienna; and Epidemico.
The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) is one of the largest publicly available emerging disease and outbreak alert systems in the world. ProMED follows the One Health model of covering emerging diseases and toxin exposures in plant, animal, wildlife and humans. One of the early innovators in using informal information sources to identify unusual health events around the world, ProMED emphasizes transparency, is open to all sources, is free of political constraints, and is available to anyone free of charge. ProMED has more than 70,000 followers from 201 countries. ProMED is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID).