Conference Dates

June 12 – 17, 2022


Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) is the most prominent example of filovirus disease but despite being characterized as a Category A Priority Pathogen by NIH/NIAID over a decade ago, it lacked public and private research resources due to the absence of a commercial market. Transmission from wild animals into the human population typically causes outbreaks of limited scale in endemic areas located in the forested regions of Central Africa and the Philippines (for Reston ebolavirus). In the past decade, a Zaire Ebolavirus (EBOV) outbreak causing more than 11,000 deaths in several West African countries started to reveal the true epidemic potential that filovirus infections can have when entering an urban setting in a highly mobile society. In addition a persistent outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has continued since August 2018 despite significant progress with the clinical development of several EBOV vaccine candidates (one of which recently gained regulatory approvals in Europe, the U.S. and several African countries) and the advanced testing of promising EBOV specific therapeutics. Despite this significant progress, additional research is needed in particular on understanding the mechanism of protection and defining immune correlates of protection for Ebola and other filoviruses do develop fast and efficacious strategies for outbreak control as the incidence of outbreaks and total case numbers has significantly increased over the last decades

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