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24 May 2016

We wish to inform that due to the similar timing of two major international meetings in August of this year - Options IX for the Control of Influenza (Chicago IL, USA) and the 16th International Congress of Immunology (Melbourne) - it has been decided not to hold an Australian Influenza Symposium during 2016.

The next Symposium is scheduled for October 2017 and potential locations are in Brisbane or Sydney. We will be sending out a “save the date” email to our Symposium mailing list giving details of the location and date for the 2017 meeting during the first half of 2017. 

Thank you for your continued support for the Symposium and we will be back bigger and better than ever in 2017!

Please submit Symposium queries and/or requests to be added to the mailing list using this online form.

Geelong, Victoria, Australia

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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