||Zoonoses 2014 conference is scheduled for 25th – 26th July at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre. It follows on from the highly successful inaugural conference that was held in Sydney in July of 2012. This event hosted 232 delegates over 2 days and featured 29 oral and 42 poster presentations from prominent medical and veterinary infectious disease professionals from Australia and overseas.
The theme for the 2014 conference is: "Zoonoses in a Changing World: Two Professions, One Health" and sessions scheduled (subject to change at this preliminary stage) include: Antimicrobial Resistance; Parasites and Pets; Impact of globalisation, livestock and agricultural practices (including aquaculture); Travel, Ecotourism and Emerging Zoonoses; New Technologies for studying Zoonoses; Arthropod-borne diseases in Australia; and Animals as Sentinels. Prof. Peter Doherty, Nobel Laureate veterinarian and medical researcher, has graciously agreed to present the plenary session.
This meeting is anticipated to attract a mix of infectious disease physicians and trainees, veterinary officers and veterinarians, microbiologists, laboratory scientists, public health physicians, researchers, policy officers, travel and tropical medicine specialists, epidemiologists, nurses and program managers and other health care professionals.
As you are no doubt aware, zoonotic diseases represent significant challenges to human health, and generate a great deal of public concern and scientific interest in both the veterinary and medical sectors. It is estimated that 75% of the emerging diseases originate in domestic or wild animals. In order to raise the profile of zoonotic disease research and control, as well as to promote greater multi-disciplinary input, the Australasian Society for Infectious Diseases (ASID) is hosting the second Zoonoses conference in 2014.