8th World Melioidosis Congress

8th World Melioidosis Congress

Aug. 7-10, 2016

Cebu, Philippines

Welcome Letter

Dear Colleagues,
University of Florida - Emerging Pathogens Institute is honored to host the 8th World Melioidosis Congress (WMC) 2016 in the Philippines. The congress will be held at Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City in Central Philippines from August 7th through 10th, 2016. The congress is also co-organized by Philippine Department of Health – San Lazaro Hospital, a national hospital for tropical diseases of the Philippines. On behalf of the Organizing Committee, it is our great pleasure to invite you to attend the congress, to learn and share current knowledge in all important aspects of melioidosis. The congress will highlight recent developments of melioidosis research under the theme “One Health”, a paradigm used to promote better understanding of melioidosis in all three aspects including human health, animal health, and environmental health. The congress will assemble a great range of clinicians, health professionals, policy makers, and laboratorians from at least 20 different countries. The congress will also give you opportunities to propose your new ideas and network with melioidosis experts from different parts of the world. In addition, there will be one and a half day pre-congress workshop on August 6th -7th, 2016. This workshop will include a full day training course “Melioidosis 101”, and a half day workshop on laboratory diagnosis and drug susceptibility testing. The training course is suitable for clinicians and laboratorians who are new to melioidosis research from tropical countries where melioidosis is underreported.  
Philippines is believed to be one of the endemic countries of melioidosis in Southeast Asia, however, information about melioidosis in the Philippines is limited. We believe that hosting the 8th WMC in the Philippines would promote research, as well as, raising public awareness of melioidosis in this country. Most importantly, we do hope that the congress will address the greater mission of our research society that is to reduce the burden of melioidosis worldwide. 
We look forward to welcoming you to the 8th WMC in Cebu. 
Kind regards, 

Apichai Tuanyok, Ph.D.
Chairperson, 8th WMC Organizing Committee
Herbert Schweizer, Ph.D.
Chairperson, 8th WMC Scientific Committee