The Global Spread of Chikungunya: Epidemiology, Evolution, Pathogenesis and Global Needs

Sheraton – Rhythms (Second Floor)

Session Time: Wednesday, November 05, 2014 1:45:00 PM – 3:30:00 PM

Since 2004, the mosquito-borne chikungunya virus has reemerged and spread from Africa to the Indian Ocean Basin, Asia, Europe and, most recently, to the Americas. Millions of people have been afflicted with severe, debilitating, and often chronic arthralgia, and traditional public health measures have been largely ineffective in controlling this ongoing epidemic. In this symposium, jointly sponsored by the American Committee on Arthropod-borne Viruses and the Chikungunya Task Force of the Global Virus Network, experts from Asia, Europe and the U.S. will review the history, evolution and current status of chikungunya outbreaks and transmission, along with recent findings on clinical and molecular pathogenesis, diagnostics, vaccine and therapeutic development, and models of transmission and spread. The session will conclude with a round table discussion of global needs and research priorities for controlling current chikungunya outbreaks and mitigating the risk of future epidemics.

Symposium Organizer

Scott C. Weaver
Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States

1:45PM – 1:55PM

Chikungunya: Evolutionary History, Recent Epidemic Spread and Introduction to the GVN Chikungunya Task Force

Scott C. Weaver
Pathology, University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, TX, United States

1:55PM – 2:15PM

Clinical presentation and pathogenesis

Marc Lecuit
Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

2:15PM – 2:15PM

Cellular and molecular mechanism of Chikungunya virus pathogenesis: Implications for disease interventions

Lisa Ng
Singapore Immunology Network, A*STAR, Singapore, Singapore

2:30PM – 2:45PM

CHIK outbreak modelling

Simon Cauchemez
Institut Pasteur, Paris, France

2:45PM – 3:00PM

Integrated Chikungunya Research in the EU: From Epidemiology and Diagnostics to pathogenesis and Vaccines

John Fazakerley
The Pirbright Institute, Pirbright, Woking, United Kingdom

3:00PM – 3:30PM

Closing comments and roundtable discussion

Discussion Discussion
Discussion, New Orleans, LA, United States