The 49th U.S.-Japan Joint Conference on Cholera and Other Bacterial Enteric Infections

The 49th U.S.-Japan Joint Conference on Cholera and Other Bacterial Enteric Infections

The 49th U.S.-Japan Joint Conference on Cholera and Other Bacterial Enteric Infections consisted of three days of presentations and discussions on cholera, typhoid and other diseases that affects countries like Bangladesh and Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded conference kicked off on Wednesday morning with a keynote speech from the recently inaugurated University of Florida President William Fuchs. He spoke about the Emerging Pathogens Institute and importance of great minds coming together to talk about these diseases and potential solutions.

“Just eight years ago the Florida legislature created EPI as Florida’s go-to research institute for new and emerging diseases. The institute has moved very quickly since then to establish research initiatives in more than 30 countries,” Fuchs said. “Your arrival for this annual conference reenforces that progress. Your discussions will be meaningful not only to EPI and the university-at-large, but also to the entire world.”

More than 50 presentations were given by researchers from around the world. Topics discussed in the conference included diagnostics, treatments, mathematical modeling, and campaigns to promote better health conditions. Along with the presentations in the Touchdown Terrace, attendees toured EPI facilities and attended the welcome reception at Florida Museum of Natural History.

The dates of the 50th U.S.-Japan conference will be announced later this year.

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