Friday 22 June 2018

CONGRESS CO-CHAIRS: Prof. Ab Osterhaus and Prof. John Mackenzie

The congress press briefing is open for members of the press attending the congress. Congress co-chairs Prof. Ab Osterhaus and Prof. John Mackenzie will provide an overview of the congress programme, highlighting key lectures and elaborating on major topics. The scope and objectives of the congress will be put in the wider framework of the threats of emerging and re-emeriging diseases and the challenges the world faces when addressing antimicrobial resistance. Members of the press receive detailed information about speakers' backgrounds and expertises and on how to contact them during the congress. The press briefing will not be recorded and can therefore not be shared with journalists who are not attending the congress.

Chronic Wasting Disease - lessons learned from the BSE crisis

Chair: Adriano Aguzzi, director Insitute of Neuropathology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland


  1. First evidence of intracranial and peroral transmission of Chronic Wasting Disease into Cynomolgus macaques: a work in progress
    Stephanie Czub, Canadian Food Insprection Agency, Alberta, Canada
  2. Battling Chronic Wasting Disease in Norway: an update on management and disease development after two years on the map
    Carlos Gonçalo das Neves, Head of Food Safety & Emerging Health Threats, Norwegian Veterinary Institute, Norway
  3. Detection of prions associated to Chronic Wasting Disease in animal blood and in association to environmental materials
    Claudio Soto, Director the George and Cynthia Mitchell Center, University of Texas/USDA, USA
  4. Investigations of Chronic Wasting Disease strains and transmission barriers
    Glenn Telling, Prion Research Center, Colorado State University, USA
  5. BSE, CWD and alternatively folded forms of the cellular 1 prion protein, PrPc
    David Westaway, Centre for Prions and Protein Folding Diseases, University of Alberta, Canada
  6. Why do we have a prion protein? 
    Adriano Aguzzi, director Insitute of Neuropathology, University Hospital Zürich, Switzerland

Potential impact of vaccination on antibiotic usage and antibiotic resistance: the influenza case


Surbhi Malhotra-Kumar, University of Antwerp, Belgium
Ab Osterhaus, RIZ Hannover, Germany


  1. Quantifying the problem of antibiotic resistance 
    Surbhi Malhotra-Kumar, University of Antwerp, Belgium
  2. The role of diagnostics and viral vaccines in reducing antibiotic resistance 
    Speaker to be confirmed
  3. Assessing the full economic value of vaccines in reducing AMR 
    Jonathan Rushton, Professor of Animal Health and Food Systems Economics, University of Liverpool, UK
  4. Vaccination and antibiotic resistance in developing countries 
    Speaker to be confirmed
  5. The influenza case: a systematic literature review on the impact of influenza vaccination on antibiotic use 
    Marco Goeijenbier, Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Welcome and opening remarks by the congress organizers: Profs. Mackenzie, Osterhaus and Chad

Opening lectures:
Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada
Jaspinder Komal, acting Chief Veterinary Officer of Canada

Keynote address:
One Health for a Challenged World by Nobel Laureate Peter Doherty, University of Melbourne, Australia

Saturday 23 June 2018

Tuberculosis: A One-health problem in underserved communities

Organized by the University of Saskatchewan



  1. One Health as a Pillar of Policy
    William B. Karesh, Ecohealth Alliance
  2. Past, present and future of antimicrobial resistance
    Giuseppe Cornaglia, University of Verona, Italy



Opportunity for congress delegates to interact with poster authors

Wine and cheese, offered by the organizers

Sunday 24 June 2018

Global Perspectives on Health and Security and the Future of Biological Threat Reduction

Organized by the Weapons Threat Reduction Program, Global Affairs Canada


  1. Lecture title to be confirmed
    Michael Ryan, World Health Organization
  2. From zoonoses to pandemics: lessons learned from HIV
    Mark Feinberg, International AIDS Initiative

Neglected Zoonotic Diseases in Resource-Poor, Marginalised and Under-Served Communities: Challenges in Infectious Disease Control

Martyn Jeggo, Geelong Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, Australia

  1. Where we left off: main conclusions of the 2014 International meeting on the control of Neglected Zoonotic Diseases
    Speaker to be confirmed
  2. Combatting Neglected Zoonotic Diseases at the human/animal interface: an overview
    Ab Osterhaus, RIZ Hannover, Germany
  3. Challenges and opportunities to preventing and responding to outbreaks of helminth/bacterial/viral infections in livestock
    Speaker to be confirmed
  4. Need to acquire community support to implementing effective control programmes
    Speaker to be confirmed

Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases: assessment, preparedness and eradication


Mike Ryan, the World Health Organization
William B. Karesh, EcoHealth Alliance


  1. Introducing emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases / The threat of an Influenza Pandemic
    Ab Osterhaus, RIZ Hannover, Germany
  2. Eradication of infectious diseases: past, present and future
    Nick Juleff, Senior Program Officer Animal Health portfolio, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  3. Risk reduction of health emergencies and impact of climate change on health: implications of relevant international frameworks
    Chadia Wannous, Towards a Safer World Network for Pandemic Preparedness (TASW)
  4. Strengthening global biological security
    Speaker: to be confirmed
  5. Community-based surveillance for early detection of EID
    Speaker: to be confirmed
  6. Health emergency challenges from the animal health pharma perspective
    Speaker: to be confirmed​​​​​​
  7. Health emergency challenges from the human health pharma perspective
    Speaker: to be confirmed​​​​​​
Monday 25 June 2018

John Mackenzie, Curtin University, Australia

Submission of late breaker abstracts until 15 May 2018

Prof. John Mackenzie, Prof. Ab Osterhaus and other key contributors to the congress will share the main outcomes on aspects of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and antimicrobial resistance. They will inform members of the press about the development of a “White Paper” - established during the congress. The White Paper will provide in-depth descriptions of the major One Health challenges and threats. It will openly state what is going wrong on a societal level, what is lacking and what the gaps are in order to make the world a safer place when it comes to One Health issues. The White Paper will come with a clear call for actions, a roadmap that describes what needs to be done - better and more. The press conference will be live streamed. The accompanying press statement will be distributed to members of the press globally.

An extensive programme of guided excursions to a variety of natural, cultural and historical settings will be offered to congress participants. Excursions are not included in the registration fee and hence need to be booked and paid separately. All information is now available via the registration page of this website.