The 9th Louis Pasteur Conference on Emerging Infectious Diseases takes place at the Institut Pasteur in Paris, France, from April 9 to 11, 2014.
Fifty years ago, the General Surgeon declared the end of the infectious diseases era based on the success of antimicrobial therapies that improved substantially the life expectancy in developed countries. However, infectious disease remained a problem in impoverished regions and rapid human development steadily increased the risk for emergence of new infectious diseases. The recent outbreaks of SARS, multidrug resistant MDM1 E. coli and the never-ending burden of malaria constitute such an example.
The Institut Pasteur has always been at the frontier of emerging infectious disease discovery and the 2008 Nobel Price of Medicine and Physiology is a living proof of the continuous effort the institution has devoted to emerging infectious diseases since its creation 125 years ago. Nevertheless, a few decades ago, emerging infectious diseases were not the subject of interest they are today. In the last decade, however, the landscape has changed, witnessed by the resurgence or emergence of new infectious diseases. This has led to increased institutional support of research in this area that has not only improved public health but has also provided a better understanding of the scope of the problem. Sharing and disseminating this recent knowledge within the scientific community is essential. For these reasons we have decided to organize the “9th Conference Louis Pasteur” to be held on April 9-11, 2014 at the Institut Pasteur in Paris that will be specifically devoted to this subject. The conference will gather a broad range of participants: senior scientists, young investigators and students working in bacterial, parasitic and viral emerging diseases as well as dedicated sessions on vectors and on the impact of climate change in epidemics. We believe that this conference will mobilize the community and encourage researchers to develop collaboration across fields.