Call for Abstracts

Late Breaker Abstract Submission

Late Breaker Abstracts can be submitted from August 15 until August 31.

A late breaker abstract should contain information or results that were not yet known or fully available on the regular abstract submission deadline, which was April 10.

The list of tracks below is not exhaustive or exclusive; the scientific committee welcomes proposals for additional tracks and/or themes. The themes can be organised in different formats, depending on the number and quality of submitted abstracts. Subjects that cut across different themes can be organised in a separate track. Most plenary sessions will be devoted to keynote lectures introducing the different tracks or themes. Each oral session will last approximately 90' and can include invited lectures as well as selected abstracts.

Tracks, Themes and Coordinators (Full affiliation - see Scientific Committee)

1. Breakthroughs and innovations in tropical biomedical sciences

Coordinators: Jean-Claude Dujardin (ITM), Tine Huyse (KMMA), Hechmi Louzir (Pasteur Tunis)


  • Molecular biology and epidemiology
  • Vector biology
  • Diagnostic and therapeutic innovations
  • Immunology
  • Vaccinology
  • Other

2. Ecology of tropical disease agents

Coordinators: Sara Gabriels (UGent), Marc Coosemans (ITM), Christian Lengeler (FESTMIH/STPHI)


  • One health
  • Transmission dynamics
  • Vector ecology
  • Human ecology
  • Other

3. State of the art in clinical tropical medicine

Coordinators: Lut Lynen (ITM), Christel van Geet (KUL), José Muñoz (FESTMIH/HCB)


  • Novel diagnostics, drugs, vaccines
  • Travel and migrant health
  • Quality assurance of products and procedures
  • Biosafety and biosecurity
  • Clinical trials, ethics and regulation
  • Nursing and patient care
  • Other

4. Control, elimination and eradication sciences

Coordinators: Marleen Boelaert (ITM), Pierre Van Damme (UA), John Gyapong (University Ghana)


  • State of the art in the control of tropical diseases, TB and HIV
  • Theory and practice of elimination and eradication
  • Social sciences, the human factor and community involvement
  • Sustainability and integration of control strategies
  • Economic and political considerations
  • Other

5. Health systems and public health

Coordinator: Xavier de Béthune (MdM), Bruno Marchal (ITM), Narayanan Devadasan (IPH)


  • Financial, human and material resources for health
  • Quality management and regulation, including drugs and diagnostics
  • Management and integration of disease-specific programmes including NCD's
  • Access, equity, sustainability and resilience
  • Digitalisation and e-health
  • National health policies and governance
  • Other

6. International health collaboration

Coordinators: Karel Gyselinck (BTC), Bart Criel (ITM), Jorge Pérez Avila (IPK)


  • The role of international cooperation in health development
  • Instruments of international health cooperation
  • The position of tropical institutes and global health centres
  • Funding, governance and ownership
  • Ownership, principles and ethics in international health
  • Evidence-based humanitarian and emergency aid
  • Other

7. Global health

Coordinators: Annelies Van Rie (UA), Wim Van Damme (ITM), Inger Scheel (FESTMIH/NFGH))


  • Global health inequity and Universal Health Coverage
  • Demographics and migration
  • International trade and the global economy
  • Environmental, urban and industrial health
  • Global health policies and governance
  • Other

8. Integrated and other subjects

Coordinators: Anne Buvé (ITM), Philippe Donnen (ULB), Eduardo Gotuzzo (IMT AvH)


  • Social sciences in health related research
  • Reproductive and maternal health
  • Child health and nutrition
  • Subjects not captured by any of the other tracks
  • Subjects integrating or covering several of the above themes

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