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International Symposium on Zoonoses Research will be held in Berlin from October 16 to 18, 2019, with a focus on „Neglected Tropical Diseases“

Insel Riems, 9 October 2019. Globalisation and climate change also serve to promote the spread of zoonoses. In our modern world, zoonoses, infectious diseases which can be transmitted between animals and humans, are developing from local to global health risks, as demonstrated impressively by the first confirmed West Nile virus infection in humans in Germany. This increases the need for well-founded international and interdisciplinary research into the control of zoonoses. At the International Symposium on Zoonoses Research in Berlin, more than 350 scientists will get together to exchange information on the latest developments in zoonoses research across disciplines in order to meet the current challenges in this research field.

The occurrence of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the Hyalomma tick in our country, as well as the consistent case numbers of tuberculosis and the overwintering of West Nile virus in Germany indicate that the risk potential of zoonotic infectious diseases in Germany is changing. On the global level, Dengue virus serves as an example for the increasing incidence of a zoonotic disease, favoured by population growth, international travel and global warming. The developments show that the importance of so-called „neglected tropical diseases“, including many zoonotic agents, for non-tropical countries is increasing. The localisation of zoonosis research at the interface of human and veterinary medicine as well as numerous other scientific fields makes interdisciplinary cooperation in this area indispensable. For this reason, the German Research Platform for Zoonoses every year organises the International Symposium on Zoonoses Research, which this year again will give experts the opportunity to present their research results and discuss them with an expert audience. At the same time, the symposium is the reporting meeting for the latest research results of networks and junior research groups within the BMBF-funded Research Network for Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. We cordially invite you as representatives of the press to participate in the Zoonoses symposium.

At a glance: Zoonoses 2019 - International Symposium on Zoonoses Research
Date: 16 - 18 Oktober 2019 
Official languages of the conference: English and German
Conference location: Hotel Steglitz International, Albrechtstraße 2, 12165 Berlin, www.si-hotel.com 
Contact: German Research Platform for Zoonoses | info@zoonosen.net | www.zoonosen.net    

Highlights and Keynotes 
Wednesday, 16 October 2019 
15:00 h    Opening Remarks: German Research Platform for Zoonoses and the Research Network of Infectious Zoonotic Diseases  - Prof. Dr. Martin H. Groschup, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institute; Prof. Dr. Christian Drosten, Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin
Welcome Note of the Federal Government - Dr. Dietrich Rassow, Federal Ministry Bundesministerium of Food an Agriculture
15:30 h     Keynote I: A massive West Nile virus epizootic in Germany, 2018/19 
Martin H. Groschup, Friedrich-Loeffler-Institut, Greifswald – Isle of Riems, Germany
16:15 h    Keynote II: Arboviruses as Neglected Tropical Diseases – Dengue, Zika, Chikungunya
Thomas Jänisch, Institute of Global Health, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany 

Thursday, 17 October 2019
14:30 h    Keynote III: Animal tuberculosis: the challenge of controlling a global multi-host infection
Christian Gortázar Schmidt, Institute for Game and Wildlife Research, Universidad de Castilla, Spain
15:15 h    Keynote IV: Situation of leishmaniosis in Europe from humans to wildlife
Laia Solana-Gallego, Department of Animal Medicine and Surgery, Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain

Friday, 18 October 2019
11:30 h    Keynote V: Human filarial infections – a group of NTDs with a zoonotic relative of increasing importance 
Achim Hörauf, Bonn University Medical Center, Germany    
13:15 h    Keynote VI: Nipah Virus: An Emerging Zoonosis and Global Health Threat
Jonathan H. Epstein, EcoHealth Alliance, New York, USA

Contact und accreditation 
Friederike Jansen | friederike.jansen@ukmuenster.de | Tel.: 0251 – 8353011 
Sebastian Sprengel | info@zoonosen.net | Tel.: 0251 – 8353013
Dana Thal | zoonosenplattform@fli.de | Tel.: 038351 – 7 1198

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