2019 General Assembly

Major research funders will attend the 2019 GloPID-R General Assembly that will be held in Tokyo, Japan on May 13-14, 2019.

GloPID-R member Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (AMED) will host this year’s annual General Assembly in Tokyo, Japan in the Prince Hotel Shingawa on May 13-14, 2019.
President of AMED, Makoto Suematsu, and Yazdan Yazdanpanah, GloPID-R Chair and Director of Aviesan Institute of Immunology, Inflammation, Infectiology, and Microbiology will be co-hosting the event with many GloPID-R members in attendance.

Some notable speakers at this year’s events include Jean-Jacques Muyembe-Tamfum, General Director of the Democratic Republic of the Congo National Institute for Biomedical Research; Marion Koopmans, head of the department of Virology at the Erasmus MC; Ana Maria Henao Restrepo, Medical Officer at WHO.

The topics for this annual event will include an evaluation of recent outbreaks, including the Ebola outbreak in DRC, Lassa fever outbreak in Nigeria, Crimean-Congo hemorrhagic fever, and Chikungunya.

Other presentations will be on:

  • Japan-China-Korea cooperation in Severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome virus (SFTS) research
  • Favipiravir: development of the experimental antiviral drug against RNA viruses
  • Regional cooperation with WHO and clinical trial networks

GloPID-R members will meet on May 14 to set the upcoming year’s strategy and decide on priority initiatives.

Also connected to the general assembly are two side events. The first one to occur on May 13 will be on data sharing and the theme will be data sharing in diseases such as Ebola or Zika. The second one is on the Funders’ Forum for Social Sciences Research on Infectious Disease and will take place on May 14 in the afternoon. Some of the focuses for this event will be to talk about research gaps, identifying research funding priorities, and defining the role in coordinating research investments.

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The GloPID-R Secretariat is a project which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101094188.