The first conference in this series will focus on various topics around infectious diseases, paying particular attention to tuberculosis, malaria and more neglected diseases such as Buruli ulcer, leishmaniasis, schistosomiasis and filariasis, along with emerging viral diseases.
The conference will concentrate on basic sciences in order to promote research and cooperation in an area that is generally regarded as of minor importance and therefore does not attract adequate funding in developing countries.
Extensive public interest in HIV/AIDS has resulted in diversion of attention to other infectious diseases, even though they still remain a key concern in all countries. In a globalised world almost every issue that concerns Africa affects the developed world, and vice versa.
This meeting will focus on the basic mechanisms underlying infectious diseases and explore how they may be applied to drug development and other intervention strategies.