Symposium on Innovation for Discovery in the Control of Neglected Infectious Diseases, 1 May 2006


BIOTEC in collaboration with Faculty of Science, Mahidol University and the Special Programme for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (TDR), World Health Organization (WHO) hosted the Symposium on Innovation for Discovery in the Control of Neglected Infectious Diseases on 1 May 2006 at the Thailand Science Park. The objectives of this Symposium are to highlight the importance of innovation in biotechnology research and development and to present leading examples in effective innovation for discovery in the control of neglected infectious diseases.   

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Dr. Sakarindr Bhumiratana, President of NSTDA (left) and Dr. Ayoade Oduola, Coordinator SDR, WHO/TDR (right) welcomed guests and audience. 

The Symposium consisted of lectures by experts from TDR steering committees and in Thailand.  Among  In addition, over 20 poster on symposium-related topics were presented.  Lectures included:

  • TDR's research agenda on innovation in infectious disease control and funding opportunities by Dr. Ayoade M.J. Oduola, Coordinator SDR, WHO/TDR
  • Biotechnology Policy in Thailand by Prof. Dr. Morakot Tanticharoen, Director, BIOTEC, Thailand
  • BIOTEC Emerging Diseases Programme by Assoc. Prof. Prasit Palittapongarnpim, M.D., Deputy Director, BIOTEC, Thailand
  • Genetic Manipulation of Trypanosomes as a Tool for Understanding Pathways and Identifying Drug Targets by Prof. Christine Clayton, Universitat Heidelberg
  • Novel Insect-based Strategies for African Trypanosomiasis Control by Prof. Serap Aksoy, Head DEMD, Yale School of Public Health
  • Innovations: Issues and Prospects for the Developing World by Dr. Pilar Ramos-Jimenez, De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines
  • Update on Malaria Research in Thailand by Prof. Dr. Yongyuth Yuthavong, BIOTEC, Thailand
  • Update on Dengue Research in Thailand by Dr. Prida Malasit, M.D., F.R.C.P.,Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand  
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The symposium was attended by over 100 participants from 20 countries, including 35 members of SDR Committee and WHO Secretariat.