7th WPCCID in Hong Kong 11-14 December 2000

rayleung rhkleung at ha.org.hk
Fri Nov 17 05:05:06 EST 2000

Dear colleagues,
As we turn the corner into the new Millennium, we have ample reason for
celebration and hope. Great strides have been made in our battle with
infectious diseases. The total elimination of polio, an age-old scourge,
and even leprosy, a disease dating back to biblical times, are on the
cards. We have enhanced our understanding of every aspect of the
infection process, even to the molecular level. Modern day technology
has elevated our diagnostic and treatment capabilities beyond all
imagination. We continue to produce new antibiotics that are effective
and safe. Yet many challenges remain and infectious diseases will
continue to be a major concern in the coming years.
Just to remind us that there is still much to learn, we see in recent
years a host of new emerging pathogens. Many of these like the Nippy
virus and bird flu are within our very own region. The spread of anti
microbial resistant pathogens is also real and disturbing, and we are
still in search of effective methods to control the abuse of
antibiotics. Other diseases like AIDS are rapidly on the rise in our
region, and we need to work in close collaboration if we are to bring
these under control. Even older infections like tuberculosis and
malaria, which we know so well, are still plaguing us. We must also
learn and fully exploit new technologies including the use of the
Internet in our battle against infection. As usual, there is always the
burgeoning list of new antimicrobials, which we must assimilate if we
are to appropriately include them in our armament against the microbes.
The 7th Western Pacific Congress of Chemotherapy and Infectious Diseases
is here to meet these needs. I am sure many positive answers will
result. The reassuring thing in our fight against infection is that we
do have treatments and preventive methods that work. It is very much a
matter of effective implementation. We invite you, in our first meeting
of the new millennium, to join in and participate in this exciting
arena. As before you will meet colleagues and fellow professionals from
the region and all over the world. With you help perhaps we can make
this the best WPCCID ever.
Thank you very much,
Seto Wing Hong
Local Organizing Committee 
Chairman	Prof. Wing-Hong Seto
Co-chairman	Prof. Jia-Tai Li
Vice-chairman	Prof. Mun-Hon Ng
Program Committee Chairman	Prof. Elizabeth Houang
Scientific Committee Chairman	Prof. J S M Peiris
Secretary	Dr. Dominic Tsang
Treasurer	Dr. Wei-Ling Lim
Logistics Chairman	Dr. Donald Lyon
Exhibition Co-ordinator	Mr. Raymond Leung
Representatives from Professional Societies & Institutions	
Ms. Patricia Ching; Prof. C R Kumana; Dr. Patrick Li; Dr. Wing-Lok Lo;
Prof. John Tam; Dr. Sik-To Lai

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