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President of ILS
Dear Colleagues and Friends,
It is with great pleasure that I invite you to come to Fukuoka, Japan, in October 2013, to attend the Eighth Scientific Meeting of the International Leptospirosis Society (ILS).
Leptospirosis has a major impact throughout the world as a human and animal disease. Both human and veterinary leptospirosis are greatly under-diagnosed and under-recognised. However, the most conservative estimate is that leptospirosis is responsible for 50,000 human deaths each year, and leptospiral infection also has a serious effect on wildlife, and on production and reproduction in domesticated animals. Bacteria of the genus Leptospira have unique biological features which deserve intensive study, to allow us to improve control of the disease.
Globally, resources for the study and control of leptospirosis are highly inadequate. It is therefore important to encourage the exchange of information, and the development of international collaborations. The biennial scientific meeting of ILS plays an important role in bringing people together for these purposes.
The choice of Fukuoka as the location of the 2013 Scientific Meeting is particularly significant and appropriate, because the meeting is timed to commemorate the centenary of the discovery in Fukuoka, by Professor Ryokichi Inada, of Leptospira as the causative agent of severe human leptospirosis. I thank Professor Shin-ichi Yoshida and his colleagues for making this possible.
Fukuoka, on the island of Kyushu in the south-west of Japan, is Japan’s seventh largest city, situated on Hakata Bay and bordered by mountains. It is a modern and liveable city, with many parks and gardens, and with museums, shrines and temples which allow visitors to explore Japanese culture and history.
I hope that you can join us in Fukuoka in October 2013!
President of ILS