CONSISE  4th International Meeting
Cape Town, South Africa
3-4 September 2013

CONSISE, the Consortium for the Standardization of Influenza Seroepidemiology, is holding its 4th international meeting immediately preceding Options.  We invite interested Options participants to join for an overview of CONSISE activities and recent updates. 

CONSISE is a growing international partnership of individuals from institutions working on influenza and other respiratory pathogens from all over the world.  CONSISE started in 2011 (though not called CONSISE at the time) following recognition that influenza serology for pandemic flu needed better standardization. 

CONSISE has developed into a consortium of two linked and interactive working groups:

Working Group 1 Epidemiology: led by Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, MRC Centre for Outbreak Analysis and Modelling, Imperial College London, United Kingdom

Working Group 2 Laboratory: co-led by Drs. Othmar Engelhardt and John Wood, Division of Virology, National Institute for Biological Standards and Control, United Kingdom

CONSISE’s secretariat is currently under ECDC (Drs Angus Nicoll and Eeva Broberg) until September 2013.

CONSISE’s steering committee is composed of individuals from several organizations including the World Health Organization, the US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the European Centres for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC), Public Health England (Formerly the UK Health Protection Agency), Imperial College London, the WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (Melbourne, Australia), University of Hong Kong, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit in Hanoi, and Public Health Agency of Canada. 

Together with more than 75 members from all over the globe, CONSISE has held three international meetings (February 2011 in Ottawa Canada, December 2011 in Stockholm Sweden, and January 2013 in Hong Kong, SAR) and a fourth will be as a satellite meeting immediately preceding Options VIII in September 2013. For more information about CONSISE, see www.consise.tghn.org.

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Draft Agenda
Wednesday 4th September 2013

Time Topic

14.00

Welcome and Introduction to CONSISE
14.45 Overview of CONSISE Activities and Future Plans
14.45 Coffee Break and Networking
16.00 CONSISE in action: Examples from H7N9 and MERS-CoV
17.00 Discussion and Close
18.00 Drinks Reception and Networking (TBD)