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Hyderabad to Host the 17th International Congress on Infectious Diseases, the World’s Largest General Purpose Infectious Disease Meeting

Feb 19, 2016   14:15 IST 
Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

The 17th International Congress on Infectious Diseases, a leading forum for infectious disease experts worldwide will be held from March 2-5, 2016 in Hyderabad. 17th ICID is being organised by the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) in collaboration with the Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and many partner organizations and with support from the Government of Telangana, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Department of Biotechnology, Government of India. The three day meeting will feature leading international infectious disease experts, and will be attended by over 2000 clinicians, microbiologists, biomedical scientists, public health specialists, and epidemiologists from all over the world. The scientific programme covers a broad range of topics, including antimicrobial resistance, healthcare-associated infections, pandemic influenza, hemorrhagic fevers, enteric diseases, tuberculosis, and the many other infectious disease related challenges that are relevant to the Indian sub-continent and are growing in importance globally.


Professor Jonathan Cohen, Emeritus Professor in Infectious Diseases and President of the International Society for Infectious Diseases said “I am absolutely delighted that this meeting is being held in Hyderabad, the first time that the society has held our meeting in India. Far from being a diminishing threat, as some had predicted, infectious diseases and the problems of antimicrobial resistance are as challenging now as they have ever been. The meeting will provide an outstanding opportunity for colleagues from around the world to share their experience and learn from our internationally respected faculty”.


Talking about the 17th ICID, Professor Ramanan Laxminarayan, Distinguished Professor, PHFI and Chair of the National Organising Committee (NOC) of the 17th ICID said, “The International and the National Organizing Committees of the 17th ICID have put together a tremendously interesting programme on infectious disease research and practice. Given the continued importance of threats including antibiotic resistance, malaria and more recently, Ebola and Zika viruses, the event underscores the continued importance of infectious diseases in India.”


It was in a laboratory in the old Begumpet military hospital building in this city that Ronald Ross, on 20 August 1897, discovered malaria parasites inside the body of a mosquito.  That discovery earned him a Nobel Prize in 1902 and transformed our understanding of this deadly disease.  More recently, Hyderabad has become home not just to a large information technology industry, but also to Genome Valley, a booming hub for biotech and vaccine research and development.  It is appropriate that the 17th ICID, the first ever ICID to be held in the Indian subcontinent, will be held in this city of science and technology.


The Opening Ceremony will be held at Plenary Hall No. 4, at the Hyderabad International Convention Centre on Wednesday 2nd March, 2016, from 06:30 pm.



International Society for Infectious Diseases: ISID was created in 1986 by a merger between the International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID) and The International Federation on Infectious and Parasitic Diseases (IFIPD). The Society is composed of individual members from over 155 countries around the world.  Since its inception, ISID has been dedicated to improving the care of patients with infectious diseases, the professional development and standing of clinicians and scientists in the field, and the control of infectious diseases around the world.


The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) is working towards building a healthier India. It is helping to address the limited institutional and systems capacity in India by strengthening education and training, advancing research and technology and facilitating policy and practice in the area of Public Health.  PHFI is headquartered in New Delhi with national presence through its constituent units of four regional Indian Institutes of Public Health (IIPH) and Centres of Applied Research in core public health themes.

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