4th Charles Mérieux Conference

March 13, 2013 - Vientiane (Laos)


The 4th Charles Mérieux Conference is being held from 14-15 March at the Charles Mérieux Infectiology Centre in Vientiane as part of the 25th Jacques Cartier Meetings.

Organised in partnership with the Francophone Institute of Tropical Medicine (IFMT), the Francophone University Agency (AUF) and Fondation Mérieux, the conference focuses on the theme ’Cancer and infectious disease pathogens in the Mekong Basin: what are the best strategies for intervention and training?

Prof. Bounkong Syhavong, Deputy Minister, Health Ministry of Laos, will open the conference with Mr. Alain Bideau, Director of the Jacques Cartier Centre, Dr. Phimpha Paboriboune, Scientific Director of the Christophe Mérieux Centre for Infectiology and Prof. Dominique Peyramond, head of the Infectious Disease Department at the Croix-Rousse Hospital (Lyon, France). They will launch the conference’s central themes:

  • What are the most challenging cancers for public health in the Mekong basin?
  • What needs to be developed in terms of training, prevention, patient care and treatment?

Some 20 international experts from Asia, Africa, North America and Europe will share their experience with healthcare professionals during two days. They will discuss the initiatives that have been implemented in different countries. Infectious diseases will be examined by pathology (hepatitis, patients with HIV, cervical cancer,…) and by type of approach: vaccines or genetics.

An overview of the recommendations for training and effective actions to be implemented will be produced after the meeting.