One Health Congress - world experts to tackle infectious disease threat

Burnet Institute

10 February, 2011

The Burnet is among the world’s leading institutes taking part in the ground-breaking International One Health Congress in Melbourne.

Enhancing the world’s ability to respond to the increasing threat of emerging infectious diseases is the key focus of the Congress that has attracted more than 600 international experts in human, animal and environmental health.

Burnet Institute CEO and international malaria researcher, Professor Brendan Crabb said the three-day conference provides a unique opportunity for the major issues surrounding emerging diseases to be debated.

The Chair of the Congress' organising committee is the Director of CSIRO’s Australian Animal Health Laboratory, Dr Martyn Jeggo.

Dr Jeggo said there is now heightened public awareness of the multidimensional linkages between wild animals, livestock production, the environment and global public health.

“Through cooperation and partnerships we can assist in predicting and responding to outbreaks with greater certainty and speed. This Congress and the ‘One Health’ strategy are important steps toward establishing a more unified approach to global health,” Dr Jeggo said.

“The Congress also provides Australia with a unique opportunity to demonstrate expertise and capabilities, on a world scale, in biosecurity and all areas of One Health.”

Among the prominent speakers at the Congress is Nobel Prize Laureate and Burnet Institute Board Member, Professor Peter Doherty.

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