Welcome Messages

Professor Pierre Ambroise-Thomas - President of the IFTM

Rio de Janeiro is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its splendid tone, magnificent bay, and warm and colored atmosphere are trademarks of one of the most prestigious destinations in the world. Nevertheless, Rio is far more than just beautiful. It, also, houses one active University complex, the headquarters the Brazilian Academies of Medicine and of Sciences and of the prestigious Instituto Oswaldo Cruz.

That is why the organization of the XVIII ICTMM, jointly with the XVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society for Tropical Medicine in Rio, on September 2012, means excellent news for Tropical Doctors all over the world. In addition, it is the perfect frame to portrait our gratefulness to our Brazilian colleagues – particularly to Professor José Rodrigues Coura, President of the Congress, and to Professor Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro, President of the Scientific Committee of the Congress and Elected President (presently the Vice-President) of the IFTM – for having accepted the responsibilities of such an intricate organization.

After Cartagena (Colombia), Marseille (France) and Jeju (Korea), which held the last three congresses of Tropical Medicine, the world Federation of Tropical Medicine - who bears the responsibility of choosing the host and organizing country - again decided for a change of Continents. Brazil, which by its dimensions is a Continent in itself, will offer us the possibility of reviewing the major issues of Tropical Medicine in Latin America. However, in general terms, we will be able, also, to review the sanitary challenges of the XXI Century, i.e., the neglected diseases. The emerging and the major endemic diseases affect more than half of the humanity and constitute one of the major handicaps of the tropical world in its path towards development and progress.

We thank Brazil for offering us such an array of fascinating exchanges. This congress in RIO DE JANEIRO will constitute, I am sure, a striking stage for Tropical Medicine in the world.

Honorary President and member of the French National Academy of Medicine
Member of the World Health Organization Strategic and Technical Advisory Group on Neglected Tropical Diseases.
(Académie Nationale de Médecine). Paris, France

Professor Aluizio Prata – Honorary President (In Memoriam)

I am honored to hold the Chair of Honorary President of the XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, and of the XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society for Tropical Medicine, which will take place in Rio de Janeiro, on September 2012, as per the election of the General Assembly of the Brazilian Society for Tropical Medicine during its XLII Congress in Teresina, Piauí.

In the past few years, traditionally, international congresses for tropical medicine and malaria were specific scientific forums addressing the most relevant aspects of tropical medicine, as well as the challenges for treatment and control of the most prevalent pathologies in different continents. Now, in Rio de Janeiro, with a new approach, and the main topic “Neglected Tropical Diseases,” we will have an excellent opportunity to discuss the challenges for the 21st Century.

Under the presidency of Professor José Rodrigues Coura, and with Professor Cláudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro as the Scientific Committee President, I am confident this event will be quite successful, and base this judgment on my long-term dealings with these old friends, both on personal and on professional bases, when I could assess and ascertain their sound professional qualifications, and above all, their proficiency to organize, coordinate and aggregate skills when faced with a task of this magnitude.

Lastly, I strongly encourage all interested professionals and students to seize the opportunity of presenting their researches in an influential event, which will receive a large number of professionals from all corners of the world. I believe this Congress will become a milestone for clinical and basic researchers on tropical medicine.

Best Regards,

Aluízio Prata, MD, PhD
Member of the Brazilian National Academies of Medicine and Science
Professor of the Federal University of the Triângulo Mineiro, Uberaba, Minas Gerais, Brazil.

Professor José Rodrigues Coura - President of the XVIII ICTMM

It is a great honor to Chair and organize the XVIII International Congress for Tropical Medicine and Malaria, and the XLVIII Congress of the Brazilian Society for Tropical Medicine, both in Rio de Janeiro, during September of 2012, jointly with my friend, Professor Claudio Tadeu Daniel Ribeiro, the President of the Scientific Committee. The Executive Committee will put forth its best efforts to organize a sound and profitable Congress. Therefore, we will constitute a National Committee from Brazil and an International Committee, including representatives of all Continents.

The International Federation for Tropical Medicine, the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine, the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, the Brazilian Academies of Medicine and of Science and the Brazilian Ministry of Health are sponsoring the Congress.

Its main theme is “Neglected Tropical Diseases: A new challenge for XXI Century”. Rio de Janeiro, as you know, in addition to its natural entertainment, has the necessary infrastructure to receive a Congress of such a magnitude: several international airlines and flexible timetables service the City that holds different types of hotels (from the luxurious “five stars” to the most charming inexpensive Inns), quality Convention Centers and great entertainment.

I have the privilege to preside this XVIII International Congress of Tropical Medicine and Malaria in Rio de Janeiro, 50 years after the VII International Congress, organized and presided, in 1963, by my Professor and Mentor José Rodrigues da Silva. Better yet, this time the honorary President of the Congress is a dear old friend: Professor Aluizio Prata.

We hope you will surrender to the Brazilian hospitality and friendship, and enjoy with us the challenges of the “Neglected Tropical Diseases.”

Best Regards,

José Rodrigues Coura, MD, PhD
Member of the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine
Member of the Brazilian National Academy of Science
Full Researcher (Instituto Oswaldo Cruz/FIOCRUZ). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Professor Claudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro - President of the Scientific Committee of the XVIII ICTMM

There are many ways to voice the pride and joy I experienced upon receiving, during the XVII International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria (ICTMM) in Jeju Korea in 2008, the news that the Board of Directors of the International Federation for Tropical Medicine (IFTM) and the plenary of the Federated National Societies have accepted the candidacy of Brazil (released during the XVI ICTMM in Marseille, France in 2005) to house the XVIII ICTMM in Rio de Janeiro in 2012.

First, because the Brazilian proposal was successful and I had the chance of participating in it, at all times, as a member of the IFTM Board, since 2001, per the invitation of my dear friend Pierre Ambroise-Thomas, the current President of IFTM. Formerly Treasurer and General Secretary, I am proud to occupy presently the Federation’s Vice Presidency chair (as President elect). Secondly, because the Brazilian Society of Tropical Medicine has elected Professor José Rodrigues Coura, another dear friend and a colleague at the Instituto Oswaldo Cruz (IOC), to Chair the XVIII ICTMM. In addition, Coura has appointed me President of the Scientific Committee, and this appointment will allow us to work together, once again. Thirdly, because the choice of the city, where I was born and grew up, to house the XVIII ICTMM places me at the privileged position of a knowledgeable Guide, as well as the guide for the Fundação Oswaldo Cruz (Fiocruz) and the centenary Institute where Coura and I have been working together for the past thirty years, for the innumerous friends and colleagues we have made in so many parts of this Planet during our professional lives.

The theme of the XVIII ICTMM, “Neglected Tropical Diseases” bearing Brazil as background is a proper and opportune choice. Holding the largest tropical forest of the world and the largest biodiversity in the planet, the Brazilian population is threaded by tropical disease such as malaria, Leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, shistosomiasis and leprosy, in addition to diseases that affect the population in the Northern Hemisphere, such as AIDS and recurrent tuberculosis. Consequently, Brazil has significant Research Centers, tradition, and competence in Tropical Medicine and has been watching, within the past few years, from a privileged position, the national and international efforts to reverse the negligence reining at several levels to face and control these pathologies.

For all these reasons, we welcome, thrilled, the participants of the XVIII International Congress on Tropical Medicine and Malaria, whom we will receive in Rio de Janeiro in 2012 and I thank the Board of Directors of the IFTM for the opportunity to house the Congress in the “Wondrous City”.

Claudio Tadeu Daniel-Ribeiro
President elect (Presently Vice-President) of the IFTM
Member of the Brazilian National Academy of Medicine and Foreign Member of the French National Academy of Medicine
Full Researcher (Instituto Oswaldo Cruz/ FIOCRUZ). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil