World Health Summit – Personalities
Francis S. Collins
Director of the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland.
Dr. Collins is aphysician-geneticist noted for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and his leadership of the Human Genome Project, served as Director of the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) at the National Institutes of Health from 1993-2008.
Francis S. Collins will speak in the Key Note Lectures on October 11th, 2010, 09.00 – 10.00 (Main Hall) about “Research and Innovation in Global Health“ Click here to see session details.
Sessions at the World Health Summit
Working Session “The Future is Chronic: Adapting Health and Sustainable Development to Epidemiological Transitions”
Non-Communicable and Chronic Diseases
More than 33 million deaths in developing countries in 2004 were caused by chronic diseases, which are heavily influenced by the behaviour of the population - 17.9 percent of global deaths are related to tobacco use. Factors, such as obesity (which contributes to ~8 percent of global deaths), high blood glucose and high cholestrol are among the10 leading risk factors of death.
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The Working Session takes place at October 11th, 2010, 10.30-12.30 in the Main Hall.
World Health Summit Network
The M8 Alliance and its Members:
Université Paris Descartes
The University of Paris, created in the 13th century, disappeared following the French revolution in 1793. It was reinstituted in 1896, with faculties of literature, law, medicine and pharmacy. In 1971, following major social upheavals in France, the University of Paris was closed for the third time before being split into 13 “autonomous” universities and schools. One of these, Paris 5 University, was composed of several faculties (now called UFRs: Unités de formation et de recherche – training and research units), including the old faculties of medicine and pharmacy. Over the past 30 years, several faculties (law, social sciences, etc.) have merged with Paris 5 University, which was renamed Université Paris Descartes in 2006.
Towards a Control of New and Emerging Human Infections
Symposium of the Leibniz Association
Recent epidemics of preventable infectious diseases - including swine flu, SARS and, most of all, HIV - have caused enormous human suffering. They have also heavily burdened our economies and jeopardized social networks and global communication and exchange. In this workshop, we present recent approaches to tackle the origin of novel human infections, to predict the routes of their global spreading, and to improve strategic means of their control.
The Partner Symposium takes place at October 10th, 2010, 12.30-14.00 in Room “Virchow”.
Diabetes – The “silent epidemic” marches on
Diabetes – The “silent epidemic” marches on
The media regularly report on life-threatening infectious diseases that spread around the globe like wildfire. Yet there is barely any news to be found about less spectacular diseases such as diabetes, a supposed lifestyle disease, which threatens the lives of many people worldwide. According to the WHO (World Health Organization) more than 220 million people suffer from diabetes. The disease is expected to grow to pandemic proportions over the course of the 21st century: Predictions are that the number of people with diabetes will increase to almost 400 million by the year 2030. Moreover, the concomitant diseases that accompany inadequately treated diabetes should not be underestimated. Currently the majority of all diabetics suffer from long-term consequences. This damage to blood vessels and nerves often ultimately lead to a heart attack or stroke as well as blindness and kidney damage and diabetes food disease that can result in amputation. The extent of concomitant diseases for Type 2 diabetics is known worldwide. Every 10 seconds someone dies of the consequences of diabetes. The WHO recognized the problem and developed special programs for this so-called “silent epidemic.” In 2005 more than one million people worldwide died due to complications from diabetes. According to the WHO’s estimates, the number of fatalities will double by 2030.
Were will we be in 40 years?
The main challenges of future healthcare systems are the integration of advances in medical technology for prevention and early diagnosis of disease, streamlining patient services, and optimizing costs and reimbursement structures. In January 2010, Professor Detlev Ganten, MD, PhD, President of the World Health Summit, and Professor Erich Reinhardt, PhD, former CEO and President of Siemens Healthcare and current consultant to Siemens, came together to talk about their visions of treatment, patient management, and general prospects in future healthcare systems.
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