Each year, the French Association for Emerging Infectious Diseases (l’Association MIE) holds a seminar designed to promote debate, discussion and knowledge sharing concerning the issues and concepts linked to emerging infectious diseases and health crises, between the various public and private stakeholders involved. The SCOR Foundation for Science financed these seminars in 2017 and 2018 in Paris.
The 7th edition of the Val-de-Grâce School seminar on emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) had a new format this year, with a half-day of presentations and in-depth discussions. The 2018 seminar opened with a presentation by Prof. Olivier Bouchaud of the Centre Hospitalier Avicenne in Bobigny on EIDs and human travel and migration. This initial presentation was followed by a long interactive session on the expertise and role of experts in crisis situations impacting plants, animals and humans. The seminar ended with a second presentation by Prof. Antoine Flahault, co-director of the Centre Virchow-Villermé in Paris and director of the Institute of Global Health at the University of Geneva, on so-called precision health in the era of big data and social networks. The aim of this year’s seminar was to uncover some transversal areas based on the various presentations and to extrapolate the main points to consider in terms of health expertise for the management of future emergency crisis situations.
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This 6th edition of the Val-de-Grâce School seminar on emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) focused on interactivity between healthcare agents and public policymakers. Its objective was to look at how to better link research to public action in the case of an emerging health crisis, and to connect the development of biomedical practices to the knowledge, practices and perceptions of the populations concerned. The 2017 seminar granted prime importance to interdisciplinary collaboration among experts, researchers and humanitarian agents in the field and to issues of communication about EIDs in the face of misinformation.
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