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Global consultation on public health research agenda for influenza

Date: 17-20 November 2009
Place: Geneva, Switzerland

The WHO Global Influenza Programme (GIP) will be hosting a global consultation for the development of a public health research agenda for influenza based on five main areas ("streams") of public health research topics, namely:

  • reducing the risk of emergence of pandemic influenza;
  • limiting the spread of pandemic, zoonotic and seasonal epidemic influenza;
  • minimizing the impact of pandemic, zoonotic and seasonal epidemic influenza;
  • optimizing the treatment of patients;
  • promoting the development and application of modern public health tools.

The aim of this consultative meeting is to review and highlight research needs to strengthen public health guidance and actions for the control of influenza including pandemic (H1N1) 2009, seasonal epidemics and zoonotic infections particularly in resource-constrained countries.

The meeting will bring together a broad range of stakeholders from various disciplines with distinct approaches to public health influenza research. Invited participants will provide input on specific public health research topics relating to the control of influenza.

The expected outcome of the consultative meeting is an agenda for influenza that highlights public health research needs and objectives relating to pandemic (H1N1) 2009, zoonotic infections with pandemic potential and seasonal epidemics. Implementation of the research priorities outlined in the agenda is expected to provide benefits over a 10-year period.

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