Conference: Options for the Control of Influenza VI

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Background

For over 20 years, the Options conference has been the premier meeting on influenza, providing a forum for scientists and policy makers from diverse disciplines working towards global control and prevention of influenza.

Since the inaugural Options conference in 1985, Options meetings were held in 1992 (Courchevel, France), 1996 (Cairns, Australia), 2000 (Crete, Greece), and 2003 (Okinawa, Japan). We are pleased to announce that Options VI will be held in 2007 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Each Options conference has grown in size, and with the current interest in influenza pandemic preparedness, we anticipate that the 2007 conference will draw the largest attendance yet. As an international city, Toronto offers the perfect venue to host this large gathering of scientists from around the world to participate in a conference exclusively devoted to all aspects of influenza from basic science to healthcare policy.

The key objective of Options VI is to showcase the most recent advances in influenza research, control, prevention, and treatment. Options VI will provide a forum for information exchange among scientists from academia, clinical research, government, and industry to enhance progress against this challenging adversary.

 

Program Objectives

The key objectives of Options VI include:

  • Provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art scientific information for all disciplines involved in influenza prevention, control, and treatment, including seasonal and pandemic planning
  • Promote genuine international and multidisciplinary collaboration supporting the full spectrum of influenza research, from basic science, to the development of new vaccines and antiviral agents, to epidemiology and control programs
  • Provide a collegial atmosphere within which scientists working in public health and scientists working in agricultural or veterinary agencies may exchange information to develop collaborative approaches to the control and prevention of pandemic influenza
  • Maximize the opportunities for informal discussions and exchange of ideas between representatives of government agencies, academia, and industry

 

Options for the Control of Influenza VI

June 17-23, 2007  Toronto Ontario Canada

 

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Welcome Letter from the Conference Chair

Options for the Control of Influenza has grown from a small scientific symposium in 1985 to what is today the largest international conference exclusively devoted to influenza, and covering every imaginable topic from basic science to healthcare policy. Whatever your domain of expertise—science, veterinary medicine, human medicine, public health policy,

industry, or the media—your insights are needed to meet the challenges of a single threat: influenza.

Expanding the depth and breadth of previous Options, this meeting will provide comprehensive scientific guidance for all disciplines involved in influenza prevention, control, and treatment, including seasonal and pandemic planning. We recognize the critical importance of communicating these issues in an understandable way to those outside a given area of expertise, and are especially interested in fostering interdisciplinary conversations among all participants, including members of the media.

As we are all too well aware, influenza prevention, control, and treatment present formidable challenges for global healthcare and research. This perennial adversary exacts an enormous toll in terms of its morbidity, mortality, and economic burden; consequently, we eagerly anticipate presentations about new vaccines and treatments for influenza. Options VI provides a forum for the international collaboration that is essential to the timely detection and control of new influenza strains. As influenza A (H5N1) and other viruses continue their seemingly inexorable advance, the need for comprehensive, effective pandemic planning has never been more urgent.

To address these needs, Options VI presentations and session topics have been designed to maximize the opportunities for informal discussions and exchange of ideas between representatives of government agencies, academia, and industry. Presentation formats will include keynote addresses, state-of-the-art lectures, invited lectures, scientific workshops, oral

abstract presentations, satellite symposia, and poster sessions. To further stimulate conversation, we have augmented the scientific program with a rich variety of cultural and culinary activities in and around Toronto.

The key objectives of Options VI include:

• Provide comprehensive, state-of-the-art scientific information for all disciplines involved in influenza prevention, control,

and treatment, including seasonal and pandemic planning

• Promote genuine international and multidisciplinary collaboration supporting the full spectrum of influenza research,

from basic science, to the development of new vaccines and antiviral agents, to epidemiology and control programs

• Provide a collegial atmosphere within which scientists working in public health and scientists working in agricultural or

veterinary agencies may exchange information to develop collaborative approaches to the control and prevention of

pandemic influenza

• Maximize the opportunities for informal discussions and exchange of ideas between representatives of government

agencies, academia, and industry

• Knowledge is power: your participation in Options VI will provide up-to-the-minute access to comprehensive

information and key authorities spanning the full extent of influenza research, prevention, control, and treatment.

On behalf of both the organizing committee and the scientific program committee, I sincerely thank you for your participation,

Nancy J Cox, PhD
Conference Chair
Chief, Influenza Branch
Director, WHO Collaborating Center for Epidemiology and Control of Influenza
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
June 17-23, 2007 • Toronto, Ontario, Canada

 

 

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