NIH News Release
NATIONAL INSTITUTES OF HEALTH
Fogarty International Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, April 8, 1999

Susan Harrison
(301) 496-4161
Irene Edwards
(301) 496-2075

Korea-U.S. Forum on Emerging Infectious Diseases To Be Held In Bethesda, Maryland

A two-day Korea-U.S. scientific forum on Emerging Infectious Diseases: State-of-the-Art Developments, will take place Monday, April 12 and Tuesday, April 13 at the Lister Hill Center on the campus of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland. On-site registration will take place on Monday, April 12 at 8:30 a.m. and during the course of the event.

This forum is the seventh in a U.S.-Korea bilateral series, and is the first devoted to the biological sciences. Emerging infectious diseases was selected as the theme because of the global nature of the threat, and because it is a high priority issue for the United States and the countries on the western side of the Pacific Rim as well as the World Health Organization.

Speakers from Korea and the United States will discuss past and current achievements in infectious disease research and new directions toward the 21st Century. Presentations and discussion will focus on hemorrhagic fever, malaria, tuberculosis, antimicrobial resistance, cholera, Japanese B encephalitis, AIDS, Hepatitis B and C, and Influenza. In addition, participants will discuss policy issues related to collaboration on emerging infectious diseases between the U.S. and Korea and strategy initiatives proposed by the two countries.

The forum is sponsored by the Korea Institute of Science and Technology Evaluation and Planning; the Center for Science, Trade, and Technology Policy of George Mason University; the Fogarty International Center (FIC) and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), two components of the NIH; the Ministry of Science and Technology, Korea; and the Korean Research Institute of Bioscience and Biotechnology.

FIC supports international training and research in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. NIAID supports research to prevent, diagnose and treat illnesses such as HIV disease and other sexually transmitted diseases, tuberculosis, malaria, asthma and allergies. NIH is an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Press releases and other information about FIC are available on the Internet at http://www.nih.gov/fic.