Increasing Global Preparedness for Infectious Diseases
Facts and solutions were discussed at the GloPID-R 5th Annual General Assembly, which took place in Seoul, South Korea on March 9-10, 2017. The meeting was chaired by the European Commission, and 17 members from 13 countries across the globe were in attendance. The World Health Organization (WHO) was also present, participating as an observer.
The Assembly was hosted by the Global Center for Infectious Diseases (GCID) Seoul National University College of Medicine with the support of the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning.
The members reviewed GloPID-R’s actions during past and present crisis, such as the work done around the Zika virus and yellow fever. Presentations included those on MERS-CoV and the avian influenza with a commitment to exchange information.
GloPID-R made progress in epidemic preparedness with the approval of its Response Plan, a major output of the initiative. The members are also advancing toward their goal of building a framework for data sharing during public health emergencies.
In the upcoming months, members will start building a global governance research network, will establish an industry stakeholder group, and will start a new working group on clinical trial networks. The Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) will finalize its opinion on a Strategic Agenda and long term research priorities. At the end of 2017, a second Zika Virus Research Workshop will take place.
The members are looking forward to a productive year and will plan on meeting for the 6th General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium in early 2018.
Dr. Eung-Soo Hwang
GloPID-R Vice Chair