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Event :Severe Influenza: Burden, Pathogenesis and Management 2012

Dates :Monday October 29th, 2012 - Wednesday October 31st, 2012

Location :Melia Hanoi
44B - Ly Thuong Kiet Street
Hanoi, Vietnam

Type :Conference & Seminar - International audience

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The 2009 influenza A(H1N1) pandemic was a stark reminder of the many gaps that remain in our understanding of the pathogenesis and management of severe influenza. This recent experience, coupled with new knowledge of the potential transmissibility of highly pathogenic avian influenza A(H5N1), demands a renewed focus on the management of severe influenza.                                       

The Conference Severe Influenza: Burden, Pathogenesis and Management will provide a forum for leading experts to present their research and discuss all aspects of severe influenza, including its epidemiology and clinical manifestations, viral and host factors in pathogenesis, and management, including the role of antivirals and other interventions in mitigating disease severity, as well as the problem of antiviral resistance.


The meeting will cover issues relevant to Asian countries with a particular emphasis on clinical management of severe influenza and related respiratory viral infections. It will be of interest to clinicians, public health specialists and medical scientists.



The programme will include 5 plenary sessions on: 

Burden of severe influenza and SARI 

Influenza Pathogenesis and Acute Lung Injury (immunopathogenesis; mechanisms of severe 

illness by H5N1 and pandemic 2009 H1N1 viruses; host genetic factors; virus-bacteria interactions) 

Advances in Clinical Management (diagnostics; antiviral effectiveness; antiviral resistance; adjunctive therapies; intensive care and ventilatory strategies) 
Meeting Clinical Challenges (neuropsychiatric syndromes; pregnancy; transplant and immunocompromised patients; antivirals against non-influenza respiratory viruses)
Future Directions 
and 6 workshop sessions covering topics on: 
Severe influenza and SARI epidemiology; SARI pathogenesis and therapies; Influenza antivirals; 
Antiviral resistance and its consequences; Clinical issues relating to diagnostics; Unusual syndromes  and clinical management



Menno de Jong, University of Amsterdam
Jeremy Farrar, Wellcome Unit / Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh City 
Frederick Hayden, University of Virginia, Charlottesville 
Tran Tinh Hien, Hospital for Tropical Diseases, Ho Chi Minh City 
Peter Horby, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Hanoi 
Michael Ison, Northwestern University Comprehensive Transplant Center, Chicago 
Takeshi Kasai, World Health Organization 
Peter Openshaw, Imperial College, London 
Shigeru Saito, Toyama Medical University, Japan 
Nikki Shindo, World Health Organization, Geneva 
Norio Sugaya, Keiyu Hospital, Yokohama

Organizing committee

Conference Chairman - Alan Hay
National Institute for Medical Research
Mill Hill
London, UK

Chairman - Mai Le
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology
Viet Nam

Peter Horby
Oxford University Clinical Research Unit
Viet Nam

Arnold Monto
University of Michigan School of Public Health
Ann Arbor, MI

John Nicholls
Hong Kong University
Hong Kong

Dung Tham
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE)
Viet Nam   

John Watson
Heath Protection Agency
United Kingdom

Maria Zambon
Heath Protection Agency
United Kingdom   


Scientific committee

Chairman - Frederick Hayden
University of Virginia School of Medicine

Jeremy Farrar
Wellcome Unit Viet Nam/ Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Viet Nam (OUCRU)
Ho Chi Minh City
Viet Nam

Tran Nyguen Hien
National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (NIHE)
Viet Nam
Tran Tinh Hien
Oxford University Clinical Research Unit Vietnam (OUCRU)
In partnership with
Hospital for Tropical Diseases (HTD)
Ho Chi Minh City
Viet Nam

Peter Oppenshaw
National  Heart and Lung Institute, Imperial College
London. UK    

Nikki Shindo
World Health Organisation

Norio Sugaya
Keiyu Hospital

Abstract Submission

The Scientific Committee invites co-authors to submit abstracts of original research papers for oral and poster presentation in the following areas:

    Severe influenza and SARI epidemiology

    SARI pathogenesis - viral and host factors

    Influenza in risk populations (e.g. pregnancy, immunocompromised hosts)

    Clinical management

    Influenza antivirals - effectiveness; safety; national policies; novel agents

    Antiviral resistance and its consequences

    Diagnostics - assays; algorithms; prognostic tools

    Adjunctive SARI therapies and critical care strategies

    Antivirals and therapeutics for other respiratory viral infection

The deadline for submission of abstracts is Friday 27th July 2012.


Map and directions
Conference address :
Melia Hanoi
44B - Ly Thuong Kiet Street
tel : 00844 39343343
Map and directions

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