News from Uppsala Health Summit
September 2017
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Uppsala Health Summit’s yearly Pre-Conference Report is a platform for the discussions at the Summit. In the report, published today, the background to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases are presented, and what society must do to manage these threats.
The purpose of the report is to enable all delegates, regardless of their area of expertise and background, to share a common picture of the challenges to society, to engage in a solution oriented dialogue during the Summit.
This year’s report discusses why a One Health approach is crucial for sustainable management of infectious disease threats, and gives a broad and updated overview of opportunities for prevention, detection and response to infectious outbreaks.

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Professor Björn Olsen is well known for his descriptions of how our way of life contributes an incresaed risks for pandemics.
At Uppsala Health Summit, Professor Olsen will help us understand the main drivers behind infectious disease threats, how these can turn into pandemics and the urgency for action.
In this interview Björn Olsen discusses why it is so critical to implement a One Health perspective, and whether it is still time to turn the tide of pandemics.


With little more than a month to go before we declare Uppsala Health Summit 2017 open, only a few seats are left and we look forward to days of intense discussions on how a One Health perspective can help us handle infectious disease threats.

With speakers such as Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Senior Program Officer Jim Gallarda; Professor Maria Lapinski from Michigan AgBio’s Health, Environment, and Risk Communication Center; Dr Bassirou Bonfou from Afrique One-ASPIRE and Vétérinaires Sans Frontières; and Dr Beth-Ann Coller from Merck & Co Inc., to name just a few, we are convinced that discussions at the Summit will be productive and inspiring.
If you are interested in joining the discussions, we recommend that you sign up your interest to attend as soon as possible. Either use the link in your personal invitation, or send a mail to
Meet Dr. Johanna Takkinen, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
Article ImageMethods and tools for early detections of food-borne diseases is one of the subjects that will be discussed during Uppsala Health Summit this year, both in plenum and in a separate workshop.
New technologies, such sequencing techniques, have opened up great possibilities to improve detection. But to have an impact, we need an efficient system for response that works across national borders. Legal, ethical and economic barriers must be cared for.
Dr. Johanna Takkinen, Head of the Food- and waterborne diseases and zoonoses programme at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, ECDC, is one of Uppsala Health Summit’s keynote speakers. In this interview, Johanna Takkinen discusses some experiences from working with food borne disease surveillance.
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