Co-Infection: A Global Challenge for Disease Control
Organizer(s): Rodrigo Corrêa-Oliveira, David Dunne and Andrea GrahamDate: March 15 - 20, 2015
Location: Centro de Artes e Convenções (UFOP), Ouro Preto, Minas Gerais, Brazil
Multi-species co-infections pose one of the greatest challenges to global health and to our efforts to develop effective methods of infectious disease control. Populations living in rural areas of many low-income countries are exposed to both chronic and acute infection with multiple pathogens. In such conditions, co-infection is common and the cause of additive or synergistic morbidities. Studying co-infections is difficult and complex as different pathogens may interact in many different ways, either directly or via the host immune response. Indeed, in some contexts, a community of organisms within a host may promote defense against other organisms. This Keystone Symposia meeting will focus on our current understanding of synergism/antagonism among pathogens causing common co-infections. In doing so it will bring together leading researchers and their knowledge of immune responses in co-infected individuals, co-infection immunoepidemiology, modeling of co-infections to predict disease and infection outcomes, and the specific challenges that co-infection presents to vaccine design strategies, and effective application of chemotherapy. This diversity of scientific disciplines will together address the impacts of co-infection, particularly in the context of the Neglected Tropical Diseases that are prevalent in many low- and middle-income countries. For example, in some of the poorest parts of the world, HIV, TB, leprosy, HTLV, malaria, dengue and chronic helminth infections are co-endemic. To improve understanding and the means to effectively tackle the diverse clinical and public health problems of co-infection, we need to combine information derived from basic hypothesis-led research, descriptive epidemiology and new computational modeling techniques. The goal of this symposium is to broaden and deepen our understanding of within-host and population-level interactions between different co-infecting pathogens and propose appropriate multidisciplinary strategies to move toward clinical and public health solutions, including the delivery of effective vaccination and chemotherapy.
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: October 14 2014
Scholarship Deadline: November 17 2014
Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 17 2014
Abstract Deadline: December 16 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: January 14 2015
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We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI115998-01
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 AI 115998 - 01 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.