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Event Report Joint Conference 2014

“A melting pot for zoonoses researchers.”  


Zoonoses Symposium in Berlin: More than 350 researchers from around the world meet to exchange ideas on combating zoonotic diseases. 


“The German Symposium on Zoonoses Research, held annually, has become a real melting pot for zoonoses researchers. Without these events much inter- and cross-disciplinary research in this field would not be possible. The fact that this year’s Symposium was hosted jointly with the International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses further underlines its importance,” emphasized Professor Lothar Wieler, head of the Robert Koch Institute and one of the co-organiser of the event. He was speaking on the occasion of the Joint Conference: German Symposium on Zoonoses Research 2014 and 7th International Conference on Emerging Zoonoses, welcoming 350 participants to Berlin from October 16 till 17, 2014. “In today’s high-tech and ethically challenging scientific community, inter- and cross-disciplinary exchange is the only way to move forward,” continued Wieler.  “This conference comes at the right time, considering the recent Ebola virus and MERS coronavirus outbreaks and several other emerging and reemerging zoonotic diseases worldwide,” Professor Heinz Feldmann (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, USA) stated, who played a leading role in the planning of the event. “I think this was a very fruitful conference at a perfect time and location. I hope the conference also reached the attention of funding agencies and policy makers to secure funding for zoonotic diseases in future years.” 

The Symposium is held every year by the German Research Platform for Zoonoses, which has been uniting physicians and veterinarians from universities and government institutions as well as experts on fundamental research, epidemiology, public health and clinical applications since 2009. In 2014, the conference was hosted for the first time as a large-scale international event with guests from around the world who presented the results of their work. This generates synergy, as veterinarian Lothar Wieler underlined: “The Zoonoses Platform is filling the enormous gap that formed as a result of specialization in the fields of human and animal medicine in the second half of the 20th century. Without the Zoonoses Platform, we would not be able to enter into scientifically-grounded dialogue regarding the transmission of multi-resistant bacteria or discuss the impact of pandemic influenza viruses.” The 2014 Ebola outbreak demonstrated just how closely human and animal diseases are linked. Knowledge of these connections – with regard to Ebola and many other zoonotic diseases – paves the way for targeted prevention, and enables potential future outbreaks to be recognised faster. Heinz Feldmann stressed the pioneering international role Germany has assumed in recent years, thanks to its intensive collaboration initiatives: “The German zoonoses network is very well developed. Actually, it is an excellent example for zoonoses networking worldwide. I wish it worked like this in other countries, too; and I really hope that funding for the network will continue.” At the symposium, the German Academy for Animal Health awarded Dr. Fabian Leendertz (Robert Koch Institute) with its research prize. Leendertz, a veterinarian specialising in microbiology, has made a significant contribution in epidemiological contexts - particularly in the field of new exotic zoonoses. His projects this year included heading a large team of researchers investigating the origin of the Ebola virus in Guinea, the source of the current outbreak of the disease in West Africa.       


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