Experts to discuss bio-security, vaccine development

Experts to discuss bio-security, vaccine development

Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium in partnership with the Lagos State Ministry of Health is set to host the 7th African Conference on One Health and Biosecurity.

The Chief Operation Officer of GET Africa, Dr Ayodotun Bobadoye, at a briefing on Tuesday said the theme for this year’s conference is ‘Universal Approach to Addressing Biosecurity Threats – Genomic Intelligence and Vaccines.’

He said, “Experts from across the globe who will be speaking at the conference, taking place in Lagos between October 27 and 29 include, Lead Speaker, Sir Hillary Beckles, Vice Chancellor, The University of the West Indies; Prof. Akin Abayomi, Commissioner for Health, Lagos State; Prof. Charles Wiysonge, Epidemiologist and Vaccinologist, South African Cochrane Centre, South Africa; Prof. Christian Happi, Professor of Molecular Biology and Genomics, Redeemers’ University, Ede, Nigeria; Dr. Vallierie Oriol Matthieu, Global Medical Affairs Lead, Vaccines Janssen Vaccines & Prevention, Netherlands; Dr Sam Ujewe, Senior Research Ethics Advisor, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.

“Others are Prof. Mayowa Owolabi, Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, University of Ibadan; Dr. M. Th. Mayrthofer, Head of ELSI Services & Research BBMRI-ERIC, Austria; Pasquela De Blaiso, Managing Director, Integrated Systems Engineering SRL (ISENET), Milan, Italy; Prof. Alan Christoffels, Director of the South African National Bioinformatics Institute; Prof. Abiodun Denoloye, Professor of Applied Entomolgy, Lagos State University; Dr Tom Rausch, Communication Expert, Minstere de la Sainte Luxembourg University and. Dr Ayodotun Bobadoye, Chief Operation Officer, Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium.”

The Lagos State Commissioner for Health, Prof. Akin Abayomi, at the briefing harped on the role of genomic intelligence in keeping pace with effective vaccine development.

He noted that the concept of one health was necessary for ensuring bio-security and all-round health.

“The conference will be beneficial to all health practitioners, policymakers in government in private sector, other professionals, and every health-conscious person. But in order to be COVID-19 compliant, those who can’t make it physically to the conference are encouraged to join online via the conference’s social media platforms,” Abayomi said.

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