Breaking Down Silos: The Convergence of Infectious Diseases and Noncommunicable Diseases – A Workshop

When: June 11, 2019 - June 12, 2019 (1:00 PM Eastern)
Where: The Rockefeller Foundation (TDR Room) • 420 Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10018

Topics Diseases, Global Health, Public Health, Health Security
Activity: Forum on Microbial Threats
Board: Board on Global Health

Join us for a 1.5-day public workshop that will explore the growing understanding of how microbes interact with and affect humans in multiple ways, ranging from affecting normal physiological functions to chronic diseases. The workshop will allow participants to gain a deeper understanding of how the distinction between infectious diseases and noncommunicable diseases is blurring and how this is extending to new approaches, such as the use of vaccination to treat certain cancers.

Featuring presentations on topics including:

  • Current knowledge on the known and suspected associations between micro-organisms and chronic diseases and conditions, as well as associated issues;
  • The evolving understanding of how the microbiome affects the normal physiological functioning in humans and how they may differ depending on the population, geographic location, and other biological or environmental factors;
  • Research needed to further understand the relationship between micro-organisms and chronic diseases and physiological functions; 
  • Opportunities for developing new approaches to prevent, detect, and mitigate chronic diseases and to reduce their public health impact and burden;
  • Cutting edge methods and tools as well as study designs being used to explore links between chronic diseases and infectious diseases; and
  • Mechanisms to leverage cross-sectoral collaborations and break down silos among various stakeholders from research to practice.

Public registration is now open!

Please note that in-person capacity is extremely limited, but the workshop will be webcast and all presentations and videos will be archived on this page.

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