Seminar on Infectious Diseases Held.
Center for Infectious Diseases (CID), Kobe University
Graduate School of Medicine, collaborates with Faculty of
Medicine, University of Indonesia to aim identification of
natural substances for anti-hepatitis C virus (HCV) antigen
and development of vaccines against HCV and dengue virus
as the project of Science and Technology Research Partnership
for Sustainable Development (SATREPS).
The SATREPS is conducted
in collaboration between Japan Science and Technology Agency
(JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
It is estimated that there are about 2 million patients with
chronic hepatitis C in Japan, more than 7 million in Indonesia,
and more than 170 million worldwide.
It is also estimated
that there are 50 million patients with dengue fever worldwide
every year. Since global warming and human globalization
may result in spread of dengue fever into the areas outside
of tropics, development of new treatments and prevention
methods of dengue fever have been strongly required.
project started in February 2010, and will continue until
February 2014 (4 years) to find out medicinal plants and
natural products native to Indonesia, as a new antiviral
agent for HCV.
In addition, this project aims to develop
DNA vaccines against dengue virus and live recombinant varicella
vaccine against HCV.
Opening Ceremony iFrom left to right: Dr. Pratiwi Sudarmono,
Mr. Mitsuhiro Ushio, Mr. Shigeo Okaya, Mr. Suharna Surapranata,
Dr. Hak Hotta, Dr. Ratna Sitompul, Dr. Sri Razeki Hadinegoro,
Dr. Amin Soebandrioj
|The international seminar, entitled "Viral
Diseases: Control and Management", was held at Shangri-La
Hotel in Jakarta, Indonesia on 28-29 September 2010.
were invited not only from Japan and Indonesia, but also from
Australia and Singapore.
About 20 scientists presented the
results of their researches and about 200 people attended the
At the opening ceremony Mr. Suharna Surapranata, State
Minister for Research and Technology, declared the opening
of the seminar, and thereafter, Dr. Ratna Sitompul, Dean of
Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia, Dr. Hak Hotta,
Director of CID, Mr. Mitsuhiro Ushio, Executive Technical Advisor,
Human Development Department (JICA), and Mr. Shigeo Okaya,
Director, Strategic Programs Division, Science and Technology
Policy Bureau (JST) expressed their hopes for this project.
After the opening ceremony, Prof. Duane J. Gubler, Duke-NUS
Graduate Medical School Singapore (Duke-NUS), gave a lecture
on the recent epidemiological analysis on dengue fever.
Prof. Hak Hotta, the Project Representative, made general introduction
on hepatitis C and clinical meanings of HCV genetic heterogeneity
to be associated with this project.
At the next session of
the seminar, Associate Prof. Eiji Konishi, CID, Leader of Dengue
DNA Vaccine Research Group, made a lecture on Japan-Indonesia
collaborative research on Dengue DNA vaccine.
The 2nd day of
the seminar, Prof. Mark von Itzstein, Griffith University,
Australia, addressed on drug development research focused on
antiviral drugs for influenza, and Dr. Tatsuo Miyamura, Former
Director-General, National Institute of Infectious Diseases
(NIID) spoke about the global polio eradication program. In
addition to hepatitis C and dengue fever, other important research
papers of viral infectious diseases including H5N1 influenza
(bird flue), hepatitis B, and herpes simplex virus infection
were presented at the general session, and participants eagerly
participated in the discussion.
The successful meeting ended
with the closing address by Dr. Agus Purwadianto, Director
General, National Institute of Health, Research and Development,
Ministry of Health, Indonesia, who read closing messages from
Dr. Endang Rahayu Sedyaningsih, the Indonesian Minister of
Health. Through this seminar both Japanese and Indonesian researchers
recognized the importance of infectious diseases once again,
and international networks on infectious diseases should be
strengthened by Japan-Indonesia collaboration of governments
and researchers. The CID has a plan to hold seminars regularly,
and will send out the results of collaborative studies to the
people in the world.
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