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BioVision Alexandria 2008 Conference

The theme of the BioVisionAlexandria 2008 will be “From Promises to Practice” and will focus on translating the best existing knowledge into new approaches. Leading experts of the four corners of the globe are invited to address new approaches explaining why the immense advances that are taking place in science do not adequately translate noticeable improvements in the lives of the poorest 20% of the human race. The Conference will shed light on themes: Health, Agriculture and Environment. Each of these themes will be addressed by representatives of the greatest minds in industry, science, policymakers and civil society fields. BioVisionAlexandria is a continuation of the tradition that started in BioVision 1999 in Lyon, the BA has been honored to be an associate with BioVision by which it holds the BioVisionAlexandria every even year alternating with the World Life Science Forum held in Lyon every odd year. BioVision Alexandria 2008

Science for Innovation
13/04/2008

1:00-2:30
Presentations
Science for Innovation
Torsten N. Wiesel
Today's Providence for Tomorrow's Survival
Richard R. Ernst
Today's Providence for Tomorrow's Survival-- Today's means in human hands for constructive or destructive actions are nearly unlimited.We urgently need control mechanisms on more..
Conference Opening Session
13/04/2008

11:00-12:30
Presentations
Fifth Anniversary BA Film
Ismail Serageldin, Janez Potocnik, Koji Omi, Philippe Desmarescaux, Yousry El-Gamal
The BA is organizing BioVisionAlexandria 2008 from 12 to 16 April 2008 in Alexandria. The Conference will be a continuation of the tradition that started in BioVision 1999 in Lyon, more..
Evening Event
13/04/2008

5:30-7:00
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The Developing World Technology Divide
14/04/2008

09:00-11:00
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Grand Global Challenges
14/04/2008

11:30-1:30
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Grand Challenges in Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases-Priorities for Developing Countries
Abdallah Daar
Grand Challenges In Chronic Non-Communicable Diseases- Priorities For Developing Countries Chronic non-communicable diseases (CNCDs- which include heart disease, stroke, some more..
Biofortification Using Agriculture to Improve Human Nutrition Progress Under HarvestPlus
Howarth Bouis
The density of minerals and vitamins in food staples eaten widely by the poor may be increased through plant breeding - a process known as biofortification. Biofortification can be more..
Institutionalizing the Biofortification Strategy in a Sustainable Way: The Case of Brazil
Marilia Nutti
Most efforts to combat micronutrient deficiency in the developing world focus on providing vitamin and mineral supplements to the poor and on fortifying foods with these nutrients more..
Conquering the Intolerable Burden of Malaria: Promises to Practise...to Scale Up
Joel Breman
Malaria is endemic in over 100 countries containing half the world’s population. Close to two million persons die yearly from malaria—over 5,000 per day, mainly young children. more..
How Can an OECD Innovation Stratergy Help Meet the Global Challenge?
Iain Gillespie
Bioformatics and Computational Biology: Widening the Prespective
14/04/2008

2:00-3:30
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Oligonucleotide Signatures of Pathogenic Microorganisms for Diagnostic Genetic Chips and Metagenomics
Oleg Reva
New high-throughput sequencing technologies such as Roche 454 and Solexa make it realistic to expect all genomes of bacterial pathogens to be sequenced. High level of more..
Challenges in Genomics[Widening the perspectives]
Carsten Daub
Bioinformatics Essential Infrastructure and Important Tools for Genomics in Developing Countries
Huanming Yang
Bioinformatics: Essential infrastructure and important tools for genomics in developing countries Huanming Yang, Ph.D. Director, Beijing Genomics Institute, China Bioinformatics is more..
Bioenergy and Biofuels: The New Clean Era
14/04/2008

4:00-5:30
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Biofuels: Where We Stand
Salah Hassouna
Biofuels: Where we stand? Energy resources have the largest influence on the decisions that people and governments make. Energy is one of the fundamental elements in any economy of more..
Bioenergy and Biofuels To Ransom People From Dark Age
João de Carvalho
There are about 2 billion people that do not have access to energy as we know it. They are literally living in the DARK AGE! NO ENERGY MEANS NO EMPLOYMENT, LOW PRODUCTIVITY, NO more..
Nordic Perspectives on Bioenergy
Birte Holst Joergensen
Bioenergy plays an important role in the four Nordic countries – Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It has the potential to contribute to securing energy supply, reducing GHG more..
EAGLES Food Symposium
14/04/2008

5:30-7:30
Presentations
Keynote: Success Stories in the DECs and Lessons for the Future
Ismail Serageldin
Balancing the Global Demand for Food, Feed, Fibres and Fuel
Marc Van Montagu
Soybeans in Argentina: Benefits and Lessons for the Future
Eduardo J. Trigo
The Argentinean case is a clear example of how societies can benefit from agricultural biotechnologies. GM crops (herbicide-tolerant soybeans) were introduced in 1996, and since more..
Closing Session
16/04/2008

9:00-2:00
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