Emerging Infectious Diseases: Post Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Post Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean

26 October 2017
8:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • Marriott Marquis

Emerging Infectious Diseases: Post Zika in Latin America and the Caribbean

Moderator: Nora Bär
THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL.

This half-day workshop will cover some of the following elements:

  • Aftermath of the recent outbreak of Zika virus
  • Genetic and biological factors, breakdown of public health measures, and microbial adaptation and change
  • Global surveillance

It is sponsored by the Research Councils UK and produced by the World Federation of Science Journalists. An expert from the RCUK regional network will provide a briefing on emerging infectious diseases and an update on what is known about Zika and prospect for a vaccine.

The workshop is open to limited general registration in addition to the funded fellowships. Participants from Latin American and Caribbean countries are invited. Eligibility criteria:

  • Urban or rural provenance
  • Professional experience
  • Health coverage experience: basic knowledge of Zika and vaccines
  • English proficiency

Description

Trainer: Nora Bär of La Nación, Argentina

What you will learn about in this interactive, participatory training workshop:

  • Vaccine development, using Zika vaccine trials to explain the speed of DNA-driven vaccine development. This workshop is about looking/moving forward on outbreak coverage. What’s a vaccine? How is it developed? Why are some vaccines more efficient than others?
  • Zika disease with LAC focus: What is it? What are the symptoms? How does it spread? How can it be treated and prevented?
  • Successful case studies/solutions, lessons learned..
  • The role of journalists. This will be an opportunity to discuss how journalists address uncertainty and controversies involving the effects of an unknown virus. How to convey information to the public when scientists don’t agree and there are several hypotheses that seem accurate?

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