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2nd International Meeting on Respiratory Pathogens                       Singapore 7 - 9 March 2018

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This meeting, the second of a continual series of biennial ISIRV meetings on this topic, aims to be the premier global meeting on respiratory viruses, bacteria, and other pathogens.

Respiratory pathogens result in substantial burden of disease and costs to communities globally. They range from emerging and re-emerging diseases such as avian influenza viruses, MERS-CoV, pertussis, tuberculosis, and antimicrobial resistant pathogens; to endemic diseases that result in high morbidity and severe cases with mortality.

Despite the impact of these diseases, substantial gaps remain in our understanding of their burden and epidemiology, the interactions between different pathogens, their immunology and pathogenicity, and how to diagnose and manage these diseases. There is also a lack of vaccine and therapeutic options that are urgently needed. Many of these research gaps have been identified by the World Health Organization’s Battle against Respiratory Viruses (BRaVe) initiative.

This meeting will focus on addressing these gaps through the sharing of recent advances in epidemiology, immunology, diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics and clinical management. It will bring together clinicians, public health professionals, scientists, and policy makers to learn about respiratory pathogens, and discuss what are the next steps in reducing the burden of these diseases through research and policy initiatives. This includes specific sessions devoted to providing updates for policy makers to increase their understanding on respiratory diseases and to allow for better research-policy interactions that will accelerate translational research.

We are aiming to attract 400 international participants to this 3-day conference, and hope that through our collective efforts we can effectively combat respiratory pathogens.

The meeting is being held in Singapore, one of the smallest, yet most beautiful, countries in the world - almost "Heaven on Earth".  Well-connected to all corners of the globe and affordable to all, this island nation is also the gateway to the wonders, pleasures and experiences of South-East Asia and the Far East.

We look forward to welcoming you to Singapore and making your participation in IMRP 2018 a success for your organisation and an opportunity to create partnerships with many like-minded groups for years to come.