MaRS Auditorium, Lower Concourse, MaRS Centre, 101 College Street

Global Preparedness for Pandemics: Lessons from Ebola
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 9:00 am

We invite you to attend our 2015 Canada Gairdner Global Heatlh Symposium. This year's symposium is based on the work of our 2015 Canada Gairdner Global Health Award winner, Dr. Peter Piot. The symposium is entitled 'Global Preparedness for Pandemics: Lessons from Ebola.'

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Thank you to our generous sponsors: Merck and Public Health Ontario 

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9:00 am     
Opening Session – Welcome Remarks 
Dr. John Dirks, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation, Toronto, CA 
Ms. Krista Outhwaite, President, Public Health Agency of Canada, Ottawa, CA
9:08 am     
Chair: Dr. Peter Singer, CEO, Grand Challenges Canada, Toronto, Canada
9:15 am     
From AIDS to Ebola: Lessons for the future
*2015 Canada Gairdner Global Health Laureate* 
Dr. Peter Piot, Director, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, London, UK
9:45 am     
Frontline experience in Fighting Ebola in Africa 
Dr. Amadou Sall, Scientific Director, Institut Pasteur de Dakar , Dakar, Senegal
10:15 am   
Health Break 
10:30 am   
Chair: Dr. Peter Donnelly, President & CEO, Public Health Ontario, Toronto, Canada 
10:35 am   
One Health: Of zoonoses and human epidemics
Dr. Oyewali Tomori, President, Nigerian Academy of Sciences, Lagos, Nigeria
11:00 am       
Asia’s experience with airborne epidemics 
Prof. Aikichi Iwamoto, Science and Technology Advisor, Japan Agency for Medical Research & Development, Tokyo, Japan
11:25 am   
Roundtable Discussion 
Dr. Peter Piot, Prof. Aikichi Iwamoto, Dr. Robert Fowler, Dr. Oyewali Tomori, Dr. Amadou Sall, Dr. Peter Singer, Dr. Peter Donnelly
12:00 pm   
1:00 pm     
Chair: Dr. Roger Glass, Fogarty International Center, Bethesda, MD
1:05 pm     
Ebola virus ecology and replication dynamics can influence the development of vaccines and therapeutics 
Dr. Gary Kobinger, Head of Special Pathogens; Head, Vector Design and Immunotherapy, Special Pathogens Program, National Microbiology Labororatory, Public Health Agency of Canada, Winnipeg, MB
1:35 pm     
Expediting Ebola vaccine development via multistakeholder partnerships: Progress, needs and implications for efforts to confront current and future emerging infectious disease threats
Dr. Mark Feinberg, Dr. Mark Feinberg, Recent Chief Public Health and Science Officer, Merck Vaccines, West Point, PA, Current President and CEO, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, New York, NY
1:50 pm     
The role of Industry in pandemics
Dr. Paul Stoffels, CSO, Johnson & Johnson, New York, NY 
2:05 pm     
Discussion period: Dr. Roger Glass, Dr. Gary Kobinger, Dr. Mark Feinberg and Dr. Paul Stoffels 
2:20 pm     
Health Break 
2:30 pm     
Chair: Prof. James Orbinski, CIGI Chair in Global Health Governance, Balsillie School of International Affairs, Wilfred Laurier University; Professor of Medicine, Dalla Lana School of Public Health, University of Toronto, Waterloo, CA
2:35 pm     
The West African Ebola Epidemic: an MSF Perspective 
Dr. Bruce Lampard, Emergency Medicine, Toronto General Hospital, Former President, MSF Canada, Toronto, Canada 
3:00 pm     
The politics of global disease outbreaks: What must we learn from Ebola? 
Dr. Kelley Lee, Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC
3:25 pm     
Roundtable Discussion 
Dr. James Orbinski, Dr. Peter Piot, Dr. Kelley Lee,  Dr. Gary Kobinger, Dr. Rob Fowler, Dr. Roger Glass 
3:55 pm     
Closing Remarks 
Dr. John Dirks, President & Scientific Director, Gairdner Foundation, Toronto, CA