WHO Collaborating Centre for Reference and Research on Influenza (VIDRL)
Peter Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity
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The 11th Australian Influenza Symposium was held at Deakin University Geelong Waterfront Campus on 12-13 October 2015, and was attended by almost 200 delegates from Australia, China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, Thailand, United Kingdom and the United States.

With a major theme of avian-animal influenza viruses and zoonotic infections, several talks were presented on the spread and investigation of avian and animal influenzas indifferent parts of the world, including USA, China and South Asia. A roundtable discussion also considered the potential threat of zoonotic infections and the surveillance systems in place to detect potential pandemic viruses in birds and animals. A variety of other themes were also explored in other presentations, including surveillance in the American Tropics, vaccination policies, epidemiological studies, influenza biology, antiviral drugs and vaccines, computer models of infection, and surveillance systems.

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Symposium, with special thanks to our invited speakers:

Eduardo Azziz-Baumgartner, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta GA, USA
Philippe Buchy, GlaxoSmithKline, Singapore
Filip Claes, Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD), Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, Bangkok, Thailand
David Salisbury, ex-Department of Health, London, United Kingdom
Erica Spackman, U.S. National Poultry Research Center, Athens GA, USA

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