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[Registration closed] The 70th Breakfast Meeting: A new strategy for global health security – The Global Virome Project – Standing on the frontline against infectious diseases (June 29, 2018)

[Registration closed]  The 70th Breakfast Meeting: A new strategy for global health security – The Global Virome Project – Standing on the frontline against infectious diseases (June 29, 2018)

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New viruses are emerging all around the world with increasing frequency, driven by globalization, demographic changes (population aging in developed countries; population increases in developing countries) and changes in land use, and many countries are collaborating with each other on international measures to combat these new threats. New infectious diseases are frequently caused by animal viruses (especially in wild animals) that jump to humans. The “One Health Approach” is vital to combatting diseases like this, as this approach aims to improve the health of humans, animals, and their environments comprehensively and simultaneously. For example, the outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa in 2014 was caused by the transmission of the virus from bats to humans. It is thought that there are many unknown viruses in the world that are currently carried by animals but could be transmittable to humans. It is difficult to anticipate the risk posed by these viruses or their transmission pathways.

To address this issue, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and others have launched the Global Virome Project. This project aims to identify viruses in wild animals that might be transmittable to humans, understand the characteristics of those viruses, and take necessary steps on these viruses before they can be passed on to humans. The Project work to anticipate outbreaks and gather information for preventive work and infection control measures.

At the 70th Breakfast Meeting, HGPI will host a talk by Dr. Dennis Carroll from USAID. Dr. Carroll has been involved with many infectious disease projects over the course of his career. On this occasion, he will talk about the scientific basis, governance, and technical framework of the large-scale Global Virome Project.

This lecture will be given in English (simultaneous interpretation will not be available).

Dr. Dennis Carroll
(Director, the Emerging Threats Program, U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID))
■Date & Time
Friday, June 29, 2018 8:00-9:15am (Doors open 7:45am)
EGG JAPAN (10th floor, Shin-Marunouchi Building, 1-5-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
■Participation fee
General: 2,500 JPN Yen
Students: 1,500 JPN Yen (Student ID required)
Individual Supporting Members: Free
Infectious Diseases, One Health, USAID, Virus

■About Dr. Dennis Carroll
Dr. Dennis Carroll currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Global Health Security and Development Unit. In this position Dr. Carroll is responsible for providing strategic and operational leadership for the Agency’s programs addressing new and emerging disease threats. Dr. Carroll also serves as USAID’s Special Representative for Global Health Security.

Dr. Carroll was initially detailed to USAID from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a senior public health advisor in 1991. In 1995 he was named the Agency’s Senior Infectious Diseases advisor, responsible for overseeing the Agency’s programs in malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, disease surveillance, as well as neglected and emerging infectious diseases. In this capacity Dr. Carroll was directly involved in the development and introduction of a range of new technologies for disease prevention and control, including: community-based delivery of treatment of onchocerciasis, rapid diagnostics for malaria, new treatment therapies for drug resistant malaria, intermittent therapy for pregnant women and “long-lasting” insecticide treated bednets for prevention of malaria. He was responsible for the initial design and development of the President’s Malaria Initiative. Dr. Carroll officially left CDC and joined USAID in 2005 when he assumed responsibility for leading the USAID response to the spread of avian influenza.

Dr. Carroll has a doctorate in biomedical research with a special focus in tropical infectious diseases from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was a Research Scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory where he studied the molecular mechanics of viral infection. Dr. Carroll has received awards from both CDC and USAID, including the 2006 USAID Science and Technology Award for his work on malaria and avian influenza, and the 2008 Administrator’s Management Innovation Award for his management of the Agency’s Avian and Pandemic Influenza program.

*Registration will close at 10:00, June 18. Participants will be selected by a draw of lots and will be informed of the result by the end of June 19. We appreciate your understanding on this matter.
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