Special Issue on Endemic Diseases: Globalization, Urbanization and Immunosupression

Publicação: 10 de fevereiro de 2012

Journal of Tropical Medicine

Call for Papers
Globalization and urbanization of endemic diseases represent major challenges in developed and underdeveloped countries. Massive migration within and between the countries (such as migration within Eastern Europe with the opening of borders) allowed the coexistence of infectious and non infectious diseases in urban and periurban centers, contributting to increase their morbidity and mortality.

The migration from rural areas to great cities, in the context of socio-economical disparities and poor basic sanitary infrastructure and low access to preventive medicine, involves vulnerable groups of migrants and brings new potential for transmission of these diseases.

In parallel to their transmission, the reactivation of these diseases under immunosupressive therapy (transplantation, and autoimmune diseases, and cancer) represents a new challenge in urban centers. International tourist arrivals increased worldwide and exposition of travelers with and without co-morbidities to endemic diseases need to be considered.

We are interested in articles that explore infectious diseases and/or their interaction with chronic diseases in the context of globalization and urbanization and their consequences for the health care of immunocompetent and immunosupressed patients.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

1. Globalization and urbanization of endemic diseases:
a) Migration within and between the countries; tourism and adoption;
b) Co-morbidities: infectious (acute and chronic) and non infectious chronic diseases (malnutrition, hypo-vitaminoses, arterial hypertension, diabetes etc).
c) Access to health care and preventive medicine

2. Old endemic/neglected diseases: new agents, new forms of transmission, new diagnosis methods, therapy and prophylaxis.

3. Endemic/neglected diseases and co-morbidities (as follows):

a) AIDS;
b) Cancer;
c) Onco- hematologic diseases;
d) Solid organ transplant and in Hematopoietic cell transplant;
e) Others (autoimmune disease, under immunobiological drugs or in immunosuppressed patients not included before).

4. Guidelines for the traveler under immunosupression to tropical areas

5. Prophylaxis of endogenous infection in immunosupressed patients

Before submission authors should carefully read over the journal’s Author Guidelines, which are located at http://www.hindawi.com/journals/jtm/guidelines/. Prospective authors should submit an electronic copy of their complete manuscript through the journal Manuscript Tracking System at http://mts.hindawi.com/ according to the following:

Manuscript Due
June 1, 2012

First Round of Reviews
August 24, 2012

Publication Date October 19, 2012

Lead Guest Editor:
Maria Aparecida Shikanai Yasuda, Department of Infectious and Parasitic Disease, Faculdade de Medicina USP, São Paulo, Brazil; masyasuda@yahoo.com.br

Guest Editors
Camille Kotton, Transplant and Immunocompromised Host Infectious Diseases Infectious Diseases Division, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA; ckotton@partners.org

Pedro Albajar Viñas, HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and Neglected Diseases Control of Neglected Tropical Diseases, Innovative & Intensified Disease Management
World Health Organization, Switzerland; albajarvinasp@who.int