Welcome to the
XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria
XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine
23-27 September 2012 – Rio de Janeiro/Brazil – Royal Tulip, Rio de Janeiro (ex-Hotel Intercontinental)
The constitution of the International Federation for Tropical Medicine (IFTM) took place in 1988, with the support from the Rockefeller Foundation and the representatives of the ten major National Tropical Medicine Societies, during the 12th International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM) held in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
In the plenary of the Federated National Societies, held during the XVII ICTMM in October of 2008 in Jeju - South Korea, the IFTM board sanctioned the appointment of the City of Rio de Janeiro to house the XVIII Congress in 2012, year in which the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine will celebrate its 50th birthday and will hold its XLVIII annual Congress.
The theme of the Congress: “Neglected Tropical Diseases” is adequate for a Country that holds such a varied biome and the largest tropical forest of the world. The Amazon Region covers 40% of South America's and 5% of the world's surface, with 61% of its territory inside Brazil. It has the largest hydrographic net on earth, covering 20% of the world’s fresh water reserves and sheltering the largest number of life forms on earth. As a consequence of having the largest biodiversity of this Planet, several tropical diseases threaten the population and are the object of concerns and researches.
Moreover, Rio is an important international destination for Congresses and its perfect combination of natural beauty and excellent weather year around, quality infrastructure, gentle and kind population, exquisite gastronomy, fabulous entertainment and nightlife has maintained the City at its best. The “Wondrous City” will participate in 2014 of the World Cup, and house in 2016 the Olympics, two international events that will bring to Brazil, and mainly to Rio, an even more sophisticated and efficient urban structure. Therefore, the Congress in 2012 will benefit from several City Hall’s projects in the environmental, transportation and safety segments
It is worth highlighting, also, the profile of the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC), the Institution that will house the XVIII ICTMM and which binds its Organizers, publishes the “Memórias do Instituto Oswaldo Cruz" - an indexed magazine of tropical medicine and parasitology with the highest impact in Latin America. The IOC have 112 years of history and tradition of high-quality research and teaching experience in Tropical Medicine and Parasitology. The Institute belongs to the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz), the major Public Health Research, Education, and Services Institution which holds th e most important Biomedical Library of Latin America.
Welcome to the XVIII International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria and to Rio de Janeiro !