13. Description of the core message of your event and key topics to be covered (c.100 words):
What kind of decisions do policy makers, scientists and health authorities have to make during an infectious outbreak? How do decision makers decide where to concentrate their money, resources and skills, in what is essentially a race against the clock? One key decision needed is whether to concentrate on protection of the uninfected by creating a vaccine, or to aggressively develop treatments to reduce transmission in the infected. Both regimes have their benefits but also their downsides. Here we will bring together an expert panel to debate the pros and cons of these alternative strategies. Current panelists that have agreed in principle include:
Prof Nigel Brown: Society for General Microbiology President and ex-Director of the BBSRC
Prof Mark Fielder: Hon General Secretary for Society for Applied Microbiology
Dr Natalie Silvey: A practicing Doctor, runs @TwitJournalClub and has been active in promoting a series of important issues relating to Doctors and Patients rights
TBC: In negotiations for a fourth panel member.
14. Does the event have particular local relevance?:
15. If so, please indicate what this is:
The Epifection project involves local stakeholders (public, private and voluntary sector) and would highlight the very real process of events that would be triggered, should a bacterial infection break out in Newcastle upon Tyne.