Event dates: Wednesday, 23rd January 2008 09:00 AM to Friday, 25th January 2008 17:00 PM

Location: Bangkok, Thailand Contact: Events
 
International Symposium on Avian Influenza
Medicine

The aim of the Symposium is to stage a forum in which researchers and scientists working in the field of avian influenza can exchange information and experience, which could possibly lead to future research collaborations.

International Symposium on Avian Influenza:
Integration form Knowledge to Control
23-25 January 2008
Bangkok, Thailand

Organizer:
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (BIOTEC)

Co-organizers and sponsors:
National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA)
Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST)
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB)

Following recurrent outbreaks of avian influenza in Thailand and many other Asian Countries, it is necessary to prepare for potential influenza pandemics through research and development. A multidimensional approach to the subject is required including: socio-economic, public health, and most importantly, science and technology issues. Presently, laboratories worldwide, both public and private sectors, have been working on research and development in several aspects, i.e. pandemic vaccine development and testing, antiviral drugs and basic research to understand the nature of influenza viruses. An effective and timely response to the global threat of an influenza pandemic must be established through a regional and international research network. In this regard, an international symposium is conceptualized to be a stage for scientific communication between regional and international researchers as well as for sharing recent research information.

The International Symposium on Avian Influenza: Integration from Knowledge to Control will be held during 23-25 January 2008, in Bangkok, Thailand. The aim of the Symposium is to stage a forum in which researchers and scientists working in the field of avian influenza can exchange information and experience, which could possibly lead to future research collaborations. A number of notable scientists in this field have agreed to participate in this important Symposium. It is the aim of BIOTEC that this symposium will contribute to avian and pandemic influenza action plans, e.g. risk communication and public awareness, improved pandemic preparedness plans, as well as collaboration and sharing of resources and specimens among research groups.

Chairman of the Scientific Committee
Professor Emeritus Prasert Thongcharoen, Mahidol University, Influenza Foundation Thailand

Conference Program

The Conference program will consist of lectures presented by keynote and plenary speakers, as well as poster sessions.

Topics include: genomics and bioinformatics of influenza viruses, influenza transmission in wild birds and domestic poultry, human influenza, diagnosis, vaccine production and development technology, socio-economy, public health, and epidemiology.

Keynote Speakers

Prof. Albert D.M.E. Osterhaus, Erasmus Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Prof. Kennedy F. Shortridge, The University of Auckland, New Zealand
Prof. Peter M. Palese, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Prof. Robert G. Webster, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA
Prof.Yoshihiro Kawaoka, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA

Plenary Speakers

Dr. Derek J. Smith, University of Cambridge, UK
Prof. Frederick G. Hayden, University of Virginia, USA
Dr. Jacqueline M. Katz, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
Dr. Kanta Subbarao, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA
Prof. Lei Fumin, The Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Prof. Malik Peiris, The University of Hong Kong, China
Dr. Menno D. de Jong, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam
Dr. Mikhail Matrosovich, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, UK
Prof. Pilaipan Puthavathana, Mahidol University, Thailand
Assoc. Prof. Prasert Auewarakul, Mahidol University, Thailand
Dr. Richard Webby, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, USA
Prof. Yasuo Suzuki, University of Shizuoka, Japan
Prof. Yong Poovorawan, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand

Call for Papers

Prospective authors of presentations are invited to submit abstracts in English for consideration by 15 September 2007 through either our website or Symposium Secretariat. Authors of selected abstracts will be invited to present in the form of an oral presentation, a decision of which will be made by the Scientific Committee. The acceptance will be announced no later than 31October 2007. Please use “Paper Submission Form” available in our website: http://www.biotec.or.th/AIconf2008 for submission.

The following standard format is required for preparing an abstract:
• Maximum length of ONE A4 page
• Margin: 1 inch space on all sides of the page.
• Use of Times New Roman font
- Title: 12 pt, bold and centered
- Authors’ name and address: 10 point and centered, with the name of presenting author underlined
- Text: 12 pt, justified

Call for Sponsors

The Organizer would like to welcome any contribution from public and private sectors towards the success of this event. Contribution will go towards funding for scientists from developing countries to attend and benefit from this Conference. Privileges offered to our sponsors can be in the form of :
• exhibition booth / area
• complimentary registration
• acknowledgement on symposium media and documents.

Please contact the Symposium Secretariat for more information.

Exhibition

Exhibition booths are available for interested parties who wish to showcase their work, service and product to participants. Please contact the Symposium Secretariat regarding the floor plan, availability and fee.

Traveling grant

Traveling grants for prospective presenters, both oral and poster, are available for applicants from developing countries. The deadline for submitting the grant application is 15 September 2007 and the result will be announced no later than 31 October 2007. Please use “Fellowship Application Form” available in our website : http://www.biotec.or.th/AIconf2008.


Registration Fee

Registration fee includes abstract book, conference bag, lunches and morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and reception dinner.

Category

Regular Delegate
On or before 15 November 2007: USD 500
After 15 November 2007: USD 600
On-site Registration: 21 January 2008: USD 700

Student
On or before 15 November 2007: USD 400
After 15 November 2007: USD 500
On-site Registration: 21 January 2008: USD 600
NOTE: Photocopy of student ID card must be faxed to the Secretariat after completing on-line registration.

Accompanying person
On or before 15 November 2007: USD 250
After 15 November 2007: USD 250
On-site Registration: 21 January 2008: USD 250

Delegates with an accompanying guest badge are eligible for attending all social events taking place in the hall (coffee breaks, lunches, reception dinner, and poster sessions). Accompanying guests will not be permitted to attend the Keynote and Plenary Lectures, or any of the Scientific Breakout Sessions and will not receive a conference bag as well as an abstract book.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

In the case of cancellation, a delegate is required to inform the Symposium Secretariat in writing of his/her inability to attend or any changes in enrollment. A 20% cancellation charge will be made to any cancellation prior to 1 December 2007. No refund will be given for cancellation on or after 1 December 2007. Refund will be made after 25 January 2008.

Symposium Venue and Hotel Accommodation

Information on venue of the Symposium and instructions to make hotel reservation is available on our official website: http://www.biotec.or.th/AIconf2008.

Contact

Symposium Secretariat
Emerging Infectious Disease Program
National Center for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology
113 Phahonyothin Rd., Klong 1, Klong Luang,
Pathumthani 12120, Thailand
Tel + 662 5646700 ext. 3425, 3443, 3452
Fax + 662 5646704
E mail: aiconf2008@biotec.or.th
URL: http://www.biotec.or.th/AIconf2008

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