Multidisciplinary research in epidemic preparedness and response

The Academy of Medical Sciences, InterAcademy Partnership for Health and the Medical Research Council are convening a policy workshop on multidisciplinary research in epidemic preparedness and response in London on the 2-3 October 2019 funded by the Academy, through the Global Challenges Research Fund, and the MRC.


This two-day workshop of key LMIC, UK and other international stakeholders will stimulate thinking around the vital research evidence required to better prepare, prevent and respond to epidemics, particularly where these arise in poorly resourced countries (LMICs). 

Diseases with an ability to cause epidemics represent a threat to global public health security. These include diseases such as cholera, haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola, Nipah, plague, and Zika. Several factors such as increased global mobility, population density and climate change are contributing to the rise in the number of epidemics caused by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases. Disease outbreaks can have huge health, social and economic consequences, particularly in low- and middle- income countries, which may already be struggling to cope with endemic diseases.

Epidemics are not single events and infectious diseases do not recognise borders. Every nation should understand and evaluate the risk posed by emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and the resulting seasonal or sporadic outbreaks. It is crucial that research is incorporated as an integral part of epidemic preparedness and response to infectious disease outbreaks, to ensure that everything is done to limit the outbreak and learn from it to better prepare for the next.

Following the workshop, a written report will be produced and disseminated to UK and stakeholders within the region with identified next steps to help tackle NCDs South Asia. 

Click here to find out more about our previous GCRF workshops and read the workshop reports.

This workshop is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund that aims to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries. Visit our GCRF webpage to read more about the fund. 

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