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It is our pleasure to announce the Eighth International Meeting on Emerging Diseases and Surveillance, IMED 2021, to be held in Virtually from 4-6 November 2021.  IMED 2021 will once again bring leading scientists, clinicians and policy makers to present new knowledge and breakthroughs and discuss how to discover, detect, monitor, understand, prevent, and respond to outbreaks of emerging pathogens.


Since the last IMED in 2018, the world has seen the emergence of SARS-CoV-2 and unfolding COVID-19 pandemic. Spurred by international travel, inequitable access to medical resources, and misinformation, COVID-19 has caused unprecedented morbidity and mortality. In spite of these challenges, the infectious diseases and broader One Health community have faced every challenge with evidence-based science, resilience, and innovation. Multiple vaccines based on new delivery mechanisms have been developed and administered to millions around the world. Research journals have committed themselves to publishing open-access information at record speeds. Data streams have been tested, refined, and deployed to help officials make informed decisions to prevent new infections. The all hands on deck approach required to contain the COVID-19 pandemic has shown the true power of a unified One Health response. 

While COVID-19 has captured the world’s attention, other infectious disease challenges have persisted in the shadows. The slow burning antimicrobial resistance pandemic remains a pressing challenge that requires significant investment of will, money, and research. Climate change is fostering new environments rife with vectors. Vaccination campaigns around Polio and Measles have faltered in the midst of COVID-19 lockdowns. Interruptions to HIV treatment and prevention services have stymied progress for an untold number of people. Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, Ebola Virus Disease, Yellow Fever, Rabies, Nipah, and Lyme Disease are just a small fraction of infections that require constant surveillance. Simply focusing on one infectious disease challenge gives others the opportunity to thrive unencumbered. The One Health community is acutely aware of these challenges and understands lessons learned in previous catastrophes hold clues to prevent the next crisis. 

IMED has always been the summit that unifies our approach to pathogens in the broadest ecological context. Drawing together human, veterinary, and environmental health specialists, IMED serves as a true One Health forum where those working in diverse specialties and regions can present, discuss, and challenge one another with findings and new ideas. Representatives of the international One Health “tripartite”—WHO, FAO, and OIE—have been invited to participate in this year’s program development. 

The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) and the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID), along with all of our co-sponsors and participating organizations, look forward to sharing these critical infectious disease updates with our One Health community. 

Co-Chairs, Scientific Program Committee 
ISID, Boston, USA

Scientific Program Committee IMED 2021 – John to update

Larry Madoff, Co-Chair, Boston, MA, USA
Britta Lassmann, Co-Chair, Boston, MA, USA
Jacques Acar, Paris, France
Uzma Bashir, Islamabad, Pakistan
Timothy Brewer, Los Angeles, CA, USA
John Brownstein, Boston, MA, USA
Sidi Coulibaly, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
Jonathan Epstein, New York, NY, USA
Onder Ergonul, Istanbul, Turkey
David Fisman, Toronto, Canada
Antoine Flahault, Geneva, Switzerland
Victoria Gammino, Washington, DC, USA 
Rana Hajjeh, Cairo, Egypt
David Harper, London, UK
David Heymann, London, UK
Angela Hilmers, Decatur, GA, USA
James Hughes, Atlanta, GA, USA 
William Karesh, New York, NY, USA
Christophe Longuet, Lyon, France 
Daniel Lucey, Washington, DC, USA
Nina Marano, Atlanta, GA, USA
Ghassan Matar, Beirut, Lebanon
Marc Mendelson, Cape Town, South Africa
Tin Tin Myaing, Yangon, Myanmar
Norbert Nowotny, Vienna, Austria & UAE
Albert Osterhaus, Hanover, Germany
Julio Pinto, Rome, Italy
Philip Polgreen, Iowa City, IA, USA
Marjorie Pollack, New York, NY, USA
Natalia Pshenichnaya, Rostov-on-Don, Russia
Melanie Saville, London, UK
Sabrina Sholts, USA
Paul Tambyah, Singapore
Jaime Torres, Caracas, Venezuela
Effy Vayenna, Zurich, Switzerland

Organized by ISID

Collaborating Organizations