World Health Summit 2016

October 09-11

Federal Foreign Office
Unterwasserstraße 10
10117 Berlin, Germany

September 2016

Bringing you updates on these topics:

World Health Summit 2016
- Message from the WHS Presidents
- Speaker Update
- Session Introduction: "Translational Research" + "Technological Innovation"
- Session Introduction: Morning Sessions
- Young Professionals at the WHS 2016

WHS Community Bulletin
- Satellite Events
- Johns Hopkins University Launches Department of Environmental Health and Engineering
- Monash Signs Landmark Agreement on Sustainable Development Goals
- University of Montreal: Collaboration Creates Technological Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

Message from the WHS Presidents


This year's meeting finds us face-to-face with a challenge of unprecedented scale: for the first time ever, more than 60 million people are fleeing war, terror and persecution. The effects have been profound. Europe, seen for decades as a model for cooperation and friendship, is diverging from its blueprint. Social norms and contracts are dissolving under the weight of mistrust and short-term interests. In many countries, health systems are struggling hard with the duty of providing care for those in need.

Experience shows that there is only one way to confront these paramount issues: we have to build up trust again and intensify international cooperation. Last year’s G7 summit emphasized these issues and the German government ties its G20 Presidency at the end of 2016 to sharpening this focus and working on reforming the global healthcare structure, as Chancellor Angela Merkel expresses in her Welcome Message.

To continue this call, the World Health Summit 2016 will draw more international experts from academia, politics, the private sector, and civil society than ever before. Supported by the M8 Alliance of Academic Health Centers, Universities, and National Academies, this meeting will serve as an example of the way trust and cooperation can improve lives worldwide.

What better goal could we collectively contribute than the hope for longer, healthier lives that can be lived out in peace? Please join us as we work toward this goal.

Antoine Flahault

WHS President

Detlev Ganten

WHS President

(Please follow this link for the complete Welcome Message >>>)

Speaker Update

We are proud to be actively supported by experts from every health-related sector. Among them are (in alphabetical order):

Ann Aerts
Head, Novartis Foundation, Switzerland

Alain Berset
Federal Councillor and Head of the Federal Department of Home Affairs FDHA, Switzerland

Christian Bréchot
President, Institut Pasteur, France

Raymonde Coffie
Minister of Health, Republic of Côte d'Ivoire

Executive Vice President, External Affairs, Sanofi, France

Victor J. Dzau
President, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, USA

Pascale Ehrenfreund
Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Germany

Berhard Haufiku
Minister of Health, Namibia

Peter J. Hotez
President, Sabin Vaccine Institute, USA

Ashish Jha
Director, Harvard Global Health Institute, USA

Cleopa Mailu
Minister of Health, Kenya

Ren Minghui
WHO Assistant Director-General, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Tropical Diseases, Switzerland

Joy Phumaphi
Executive Secretary, African Leaders Malaria Alliance

Please follow this link for a comprehensive list of speakers >>> or use our interactive program planner >>>

Session Introduction

Technological Innovation for Health

Improving Healthcare Diagnostics and Delivery

Translational Research

Advancing Innovative Treatment

Monday, Oct. 10, 2016
Plenary Hall (Weltsaal)

Successful health care delivery requires effective medical devices as tools for prevention, diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation. As the digital and genetics revolutions converge with healthcare, we are increasingly able to track, manage, and improve both our own health and that of our loved ones. Technological innovation in the field of health is also helping reduce inefficiencies in healthcare delivery, while at the same time streamlining access, reducing costs, improving quality and making medicine more personalized and precise.

- Tarik Möröy
  (President, Clinical Research Institute Montreal,

- Jutta Allmendinger
  (President, Berlin Social Science Center (WZB),
- Yukiya Amano
  (Director-General, International Atomic Energy
   Agency, Austria)
- Pascale Ehrenfreund
  (Chairman of the Board, German Aerospace
   Center (DLR), Germany)
- Lloyd B. Minor
  (Dean, Stanford University,
   School of Medicine, USA)
- Steve Singh
  (President, Business Networks and Applications,
- Frans van Houten
  (CEO, Royal Philips NV, Netherlands)

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016,
Plenary Hall (Weltsaal)

Translational research helps turn early-stage innovations into new health products, advancing the innovation to the point where it becomes attractive for further development by the medical industry or healthcare agencies. Although research in academia and in companies produces many new discoveries and inventions that have the potential to improve health, turning those ideas into deliverable products can prove extremely difficult.

- Christina Mitchell
  (Monash University, Australia)

- Elizabeth Blackburn
  (Nobel Prize laureate / President, Salk
   Institute for Biological Studies, USA)
- Dario Campana
  (Director, National University
   Cancer Institute, Singapore)
- Angelika Eggert
  (Director, Department of Pediatrics,
   Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Germany)
- Stephen M. Jane
  (Head, Central Clinical School,
   Monash University, Australia)
- Michael J. Klag
  (Dean, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School
   of Public Health, USA)

Morning Sessions

On Sunday, October 9, two special sessions will be held from 08:45-10:15:

Governance for Health

Tackling Corruption in the Healthcare Sector

Panel Discussion
Room 1 (Europasaal)

In this session, Transparency International will introduce the findings of their new report on corruption risks in the health sector, which will be published on the event of the World Health Summit 2016.

Chronic Kidney Disease in Sri Lanka

A Public Health Crisis of Unknown Aetiology

Room 5 (Rathenau)

A mysterious kidney disease has been killing thousands of farmers in Sri Lanka's rice basket. In 20 years, the disease has taken up to 20,000 lives and sickened up to 400,000 more people. We don’t yet know what causes the condition.

You will find all information on sessions, topics, speakers, and chairs in our interactive program planner >>>


Young Professionals at WHS 2016

Though the competition was tough, these exceptional young professionals from a diverse range of sectors in the Global Health community convinced their respective juries. Meet outstanding young minds through these WHS 2016 initiatives:

10 young researchers will present their posters as part of the "New Voices in Global Health" >>>

5 young science journalists will receive awards - read their articles online>>>

24 Young Physician Leaders will receive special training aimed at helping them become more effective leaders in the future >>>

WHS Community Bulletin

Satellite Events

A student conference on Antimicrobial Resistance, a health hackathon, an open data hack day, a German-African healthcare symposium, and a whole conference on "Refugee Migration and Health" - the WHS 2016 brings you an eclectic additional program.

Follow this link to find out more about the
WHS 2016 Satellite Events >>>

Johns Hopkins University Launches Department of Environmental Health and Engineering

The mission of the new Department of Environmental Health and Engineering is to improve the health of the Earth and its inhabitants. Its academic and research activities span the science of biological processes, environmental engineering, environmental and health policy, and data analytics.

It features 264 students, 82 full-time faculty members and offers 11 degrees.

Find out all about the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health at our M8 Alliance Member Page >>>

       (c) Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Monash Signs Landmark Agreement on Sustainable Development Goals

“Universities are an important partner to government, business and the wider community in the implementation of the SDGs and this role should be recognized and resourced,” says Monash’s Professor John Thwaites, Chair of the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) Australia/Pacific.

Find out all about Monash University at our M8 Alliance Member Page >>>

University of Montreal: Collaboration Creates Technological Breakthrough in Cancer Treatment

Researchers from University of Montreal, Polytechnique Montréal and McGill University have developed new nanorobotic agents capable of navigating through the bloodstream to administer a drug with precision by specifically targeting the active cancerous cells of tumors (details >>>). As a result, a drug dosage that is highly toxic for the human organism could be significantly reduced.

Find out all about Montreal University at our M8 Alliance Member Page >>>

       (c) Polytechnique Montréal


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