The 1st Asia-Pacific Influenza Summit took place in Bangkok on 13 June 2012. Over 200 delegates from 31 countries attended the meeting.
The summit was preceded by a welcome dinner on Tuesday 12 of June 2012.
Report on the Summit
Summit Welcome Dinner
The evening opened with a welcome address by APACI chairman, A/Prof Lance Jennings, where he reflected upon the significance of the summit, and outlined the course of events over the coming days.
Professor Jennings also thanked the Influenza Foundation of Thailand and the Department of Disease Control in Thailand for their partnership in the inaugural summit meeting. He also thanked the IFPMA for their financial contribution to the event.
Dr Porntep Siriwanarangsun, Director General of the Department of Disease Control gave an encouraging speech, ending with a toast to the future success of the summit, and of the summit movement in the Asis-Pacific region.
The keynote speaker for the evening was Dr Cornelia Betsch from the University of Erfurt, Germany. Her topic was "communicating risk around influenza vaccination". A copy of her presentation can be downlaoded here.Cornelia Betsch
Influenza Summit, Wednesday 13 June 2012
The full program for both the dinner and the summit is available above for download.
Below is a list of the speakers, including those who have offered their presentation as a download.
Dr Supamit Chunsuttiwat Senior Expert on Preventive Medicine, Dept. of Disease Control, Ministry of Public Health, Thailand.
Influenza vaccine policies and guidelines in the Asia-Pacific region.
Dr Alan HampsonChairman of the Australian Influenza Specialist Group.
Chair of Session 1: Policy discussion.
Prof Hitoshi OshitaniDepartment of Virology, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan.
WHO Seasonal Influenza Vaccine recommendations review of vaccine coverage.
Dr John TamGlobal Influenza Programme, WHO.
Evidence gaps for informing policy development: burden of disease in the AP region.
Prof Woo Joo KimChairman of Transgovernmental Enterprise of Pandemic Influenza in Korea (TEPIK). Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Dept of Internal Medicine, Korea University, Guro Hospital, Korea.
Evidence gaps for informing policy development: duration of protection.
Dr Bram Palache
On behalf of IFPMA Influenza Vaccine Supply (IVS) International Task Force.
Critical success factors in vaccine uptake.
Clinical Professor David SmithAPACI Director.
PathWest Laboratory Medicine, WA, Australia.
Chair of Session 2: Priority Groups Discussion
Dr Janet McElhaney
Professor, University of British Columbia, USA.
Dr Allison McGeer
Director, Infection Control, Mount Sinai Hospital, Canada
High risk chronic disease
Dr Wonchat Subhachaturas
President, World Medical Association
Dr Elizabeth McCarthy
Senior Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Australia.
Assoc Prof Dr Tawee
Chotipitayasunondh Queen Sirikit National Institute of Child Health, Department of Medical Services, Ministry of Public Health.
Dr Angus ThomsonView presentation here:
Vaccination Advocacy Director
Putting the public back in public health: rewriting the vaccination social contract by digitally empowering immunization experts.
Dr Nobuhiko OkabeKawasaki City Institute for Public Health,Kanagawa Japan
Influenza Surveillance and Vaccine in Japan
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APACI wishes to acknowledge the generous support of the summit's sponsor: