CHRO 2015 is the world’s leading international conference on Campylobacter, Helicobacter and related organisms and is being held in New Zealand for the first time.

Internationally renowned scientists from Canada, Denmark, England, Japan, the Netherlands and the United States will join around 300 academics, physicians, veterinarians, entrepreneurs and policy makers from a wide variety of organisations to hear the latest developments on detecting and combatting these clinically and economically important organisms.

Campylobacter is the most common bacterial cause of foodborne illness in New Zealand, causing around 60 percent of foodborne outbreaks in 2014.

In New Zealand and around the world the number of outbreaks and associated cases linked to Campylobacter is steadily increasing so bringing together cutting edge research, medicine, industry and policy is vitally important to safeguarding public health.

Conference convenor, ESR’s Dr Stephen On says getting a conference of this importance to New Zealand for the first time is very exciting.

“CHRO is a unique opportunity to see ground-breaking developments on these complex pathogens, in areas including control and management, comparative genomics and host-pathogen interactions.

“I’m confident that both the location and the line-up will mean those attending are in for a real treat,” Dr On says.

CHRO is being held in the Energy Events Centre from the first to the fifth of November.

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