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American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 65th Annual Meeting

Latest on Zika in the Americas, Yellow Fever's comeback in Africa, A vaccine against Traveler's Diarrhea, Ebola vaccines, and cutting-edge Malaria research


American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 65th Annual Meeting
November 13 - 17, 2016, Atlanta, Georgia, USA
On Twitter: #TropMed16

Latest on Zika in the Americas, Yellow Fever's
Comeback in Africa, A Vaccine Against Traveler's Diarrhea,
Ebola Vaccines, and Cutting-Edge Malaria Research

Special Session and Interactive Experience on Refugee Health
Leader of Zika Fight, Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) to Keynote

The world faces an assortment of new and re-emerging infectious disease threats, and scientists are working hard to develop a new arsenal of powerful interventions. Thousands of these disease experts will gather in Atlanta for the 65th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), the world's largest gathering of tropical medicine experts. Opening the conference is Dr. Carissa F. Etienne, the Director General of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) and a leader of the global fight against the Zika outbreak.

Commonly known as TropMed, the ASTMH Annual Meeting also will feature the latest findings on an alarming resurgence of yellow fever in Africa that has resulted in nearly 6,000 cases and over 400 deaths to-date and the potential to use a powerful but controversial gene-editing tool to combat parasites like malaria. Additionally, ASTMH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with a number of U.S. and international partners, will present a unique interactive experience focusing on refugee health and resettlement. A special panel discussion will also be held Tuesday evening: The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing.

WHAT: The American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene 65th Annual Meeting

WHEN: November 13 - 17, 2016 (Sunday through Thursday)

WHERE: Atlanta Marriott Marquis and Hilton Atlanta

KEYNOTE: Dr. Carissa Etienne, Director General, Pan American Health Organization

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ONLINE: On Twitter @astmh #TropMed16

Selected Highlights of the ASTMH 2016 Annual Meeting Include:

A Delete Key for Parasitic Diseases: New research will be shared on the potential to use a novel and powerful gene-editing tool called CRISPR to fight a range of dangerous parasites, including those that cause malaria and leishmaniasis. CRISPR allows scientists to selectively alter the genetic code of almost any organism.

Getting Beyond Pepto-Bismol: Researchers will present the latest evidence on efforts to develop a vaccine against Enterotoxigenic E. coli, or ETEC, an important cause of life-threatening diarrheal illness among children in the developing world and the most common cause of the vacation scourge known as "traveler's diarrhea."

Kicking Ebola While It's Down: With Ebola contained but not eliminated, scientists will present evidence for using new Ebola vaccines now under development to fight future outbreaks. They also will share new research assessing the health status of Ebola survivors and probing the puzzling possibility of Ebola infections that cause no symptoms.

Malaria Elimination in the Americas: Scientists will present new data that indicates that conditions may be ripe for eliminating malaria from the Americas - as well as the challenges to cross the finish line - with surveillance and strategies to target remaining pockets of disease.

K-Pop and the Future of Disease Tracking: Internet discussion groups focusing on Korean pop music, or K-Pop, played an unexpected but appreciated role in providing updates on the 2015 outbreak in Korea of the deadly Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV). Scientists will take a closer look at how tweets, texts and other forms of social media offer new options to track disease outbreaks in real time.

Batting Around a Potential Health Emergency: Scientists will present research probing concerns that the spread of the dangerous Nipah virus by bats in Bangladesh could produce a strain of the disease that's highly transmissible from human to human and could spark a public health emergency.

Diseases Other than Zika that May Impact Fetal Health: Zika is not the only mosquito-borne disease posing risks to children in utero and in early infancy. Researchers will share the latest insights into problems that could occur when pregnant women are infected with chikungunya or malaria.

Unique Interactive Experience plus Tuesday Evening Session: The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing

At the end of 2015, there were an estimated 65.3 million people displaced around the world, mainly due to extended conflicts in the Middle East, Northern and sub-Saharan Africa, and Asia. ASTMH and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), with participation from a number of U.S. and international partners, will host a unique interactive experience on refugee health and resettlement. Through video, photos, live testimonials, hands-on activities, and replicated scenes from the field, this exhibit will highlight the clinical and public health aspects of the refugee experience from displacement to resettlement. Additionally, a Tuesday evening session: The Refugee Journey to Wellbeing, will feature speakers from CDC, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, International Organization for Migration, and Médecins Sans Frontières discussing care efforts, successes and challenges to the healthy resettlement of refugees.


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