On June 21 and 22, 2018, an international conference on Emerging Infections and Pandemic Risk, co-organized by the Institut Pasteur and the SCOR Foundation for Science, brings some of the world’s leading scientists and public health professionals together at the Institut Pasteur (Paris). Their target: to examine the emergence and spread of epidemics, and to look at new tools and technologies that can be used to detect and manage them. The program includes plenary and panel sessions with speakers from 20 partner institutions around the world.
Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases continue to pose a threat to public health around the world. Rapid urbanization, increased mobility and global economic interdependence exacerbate this threat and add to the challenge of containment. Human health is now not only affected by an increasingly interconnected world, but human health, animal health and the health of the surrounding ecosystem are inextricably linked. Being adequately prepared to detect, manage and respond to emerging infectious disease outbreaks has never been so imperative.
In this context, as stated by Professor Stewart Cole, President of the Institut Pasteur, “bringing together scientific excellence is a necessary challenge to enable a global view of public health that will be used to inform the civil society. The outcomes of the meeting should trigger changes to prevent and palliate pandemic effects”. In his opening address of these two days of conference (#EIPR2018), he emphasized the honor of the Institut Pasteur to host this international event while "the Institute has played a major role in the fight against viral diseases -including HIV, for example-, and it holds an important part for more than a century at the forefront of the fight against infectious diseases."