Sept 2013:Speaker list for scientificprogrammefinalised.
Nov 2013: CHIKV2013 is over. Thank you to all speakers, poster presenters, participants and sponsors for making CHIKV2013 a success. Please visit the Facebook page for pictures of the conference.
Welcome to Chikungunya 2013!
The recent re-emergence of Chikungunya virus led to millions of affected people worldwide. For the first time, local transmission from mosquitoes was reported outside the tropics, in Italy and France. As the global distribution ofAedesmosquito vectors continues to expand, Chikungunya is now a global threat, and no longer a relatively neglected infection confined to the tropics.
We are therefore pleased to invite all those interested in Chikungunya to this major conference focusing on Chikungunya and related alphaviruses. A broad range of topics will be addressed by leading experts, and the conference will appeal to virologists, clinicians, epidemiologists and entomologists. There will also be opportunities for selected participants to present papers at oral and poster sessions, including a number of Young Investigator Awards. The conference will be held on Langkawi Island in Malaysia, famous for its beaches, World Geopark status (UNESCO), and rich cultural heritage, exemplified by the legend of Princess Mahsuri.
The conference will be organised jointly by the Tropical Infectious Diseases Research and Education Centre, of University Malaya in Malaysia, and the Integrated Chikungunya Research (ICRES) consortium, funded by the European Union Seventh Framework Programme.
We look forward to seeing you in beautiful Langkawi for three days of exciting science.
Sazaly Abu Bakar, University Malaya, Malaysia
Chairman of the Organising Committee
John Fazakerley, The Pirbright Institute (formerly the Institute for Animal Health), UK
Coordinator of ICRES and Chairman of the Scientific Committee