World Health Summit 2011 Newsletter No. 2,

Berlin, May 25th, 2011

Speaker Update


Speaker Update

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

Dr. Shisana has an extensive background in public health policy and research spanning over the past 25 years. In academia, she was a professor and head of Health Systems Management and Policy department at the Medical University of Southern Africa, and a crucial component of the formation of the School of Public Health at the University of the Western Cape. Dr. Shisana specializes in the field of HIV/AIDS, and has addressed numerous global and international meetings.

Dr. Karunakara received his medical degree from Kasturba Medical College in India and degrees in public health from Yale and Johns Hopkins University and has vast experience working as a physician treating neglected diseases in developing nations across the globe. His research has focused on the demography of forced migration and the delivery of health care to neglected populations affected by conflict, disasters and epidemics. 

Mrs. Jakab has been working to promote the role of public health in policy decisions for over the past 30 years. She has a strong track record of successfully improving public health programs and was the Minister of Health in her home country of Hungary from 2002-2005. In 2005 she founded the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and over the course of three years developed it into an internationally respected center of excellence in the fight against infectious diseases. 



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Preliminary Program available

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World Health Summit 2011 Leadership

The Summit 2011 under Australian Co-Presidency

This year’s World Health Summit 2011 will be presided over by co-president Prof. Steve Wesselingh, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Nursing, and Health Sciences at Monash University.
Prof. Wesselingh has experience both as a physician specializing in infectious disease and as a biomedical researcher and expert in the field of viruses affecting the human brain. Prof. Wesselingh has a passion for improving public health through advancing biomedical research and in 2009 played a crucial role in the formation of the M8 Alliance as the representative of Monash University.
Monash University boasts nearly 60,000 students and is internationally recognized for its excellency in biomedical research and its priority on global perspectives. At this year´s World Health Summit Monash University will be co-hosting multiple symposia including: “Healthy Start to Life”, “International Medical and Health Education” and “Healthy Ageing”.


Japan Earthquake and Tsunami

Session on Mega Disasters at the World Health Summit

After the recent events in Japan, the M8 member, Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, has requested to include a session on such Disasters at the coming World Health Summit. The Session is called: “Health Prevention and Preparedness after Mega-Disasters” and will highlight on measures to be taken as well as the various players needed after such an occurrence.The session will be hosted by the Kyoto University. Shortly after the earthquake, the Presidents of the World Health Summit have contacted their colleagues in Japan to offer their sympathy and offer support.

Click here to see the official letter of condolence


Highlighted Session

Panel Discussion on Climate Change and Health

Climate change has emerged as an urgent and consequential topic for the 21st century. While there has been intensive research about the implications of climate change on natural and human systems, an insufficient amount of attention has been awarded to the role of climate change in the context of public health.

At the World Health Summit 2011, a panel discussion has been dedicated to address the issues and questions concerning global health in the wake of rapid climate change entitled ‘Ensuring Public Health in the Times of Climate Change: Mission Impossible?’

The panel discussion will be organized by Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) and Chief Government Advisor on Climate and Related Issues during Germany's EU Council Presidency and G8 Presidency. The German National Academy Leopoldina and German Federal Foreign Office will be co-hosting the panel discussion to be held on Monday, October 24th. Among the Speakers will be Tony McMichael (International Society of Environmental Epidemiology), Sir Andy Haines (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine) and Maria Neira (WHO).

Interview with Prof. Schellnhuber

Highlighted Topic

Highlighted Topic

Research and Development for Neglected Diseases

On May 11th, 2011 the World Health Summit held a roundtable of scientists from all major German research institutions involved in the field of research and development for neglected diseases together with different international Product Development Partnerships (PDP) to discuss the role of basic research in this field. Following this roundtable discussion representatives from science, politics, industry, and the international Product Development Partnership (PDP) met for a panel discussion on the theme ‘Research and Progression for Neglected Diseases – which gaps must be filled?’ at the Charité Medical University in Berlin.

Background Information
(german) (PDF)
PDP Symposium – Program and Speakers (PDF)
Press Release (PDF)

We are looking forward to seeing you at the World Health Summit 2011 in October!



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