Time Friday,
November 9, 2018
11:00-19:00 Registration and Information Desk (Prefunction Area/Ground Level)
14:00-14:20 Welcome & Opening

Session 1: Keynote Plenary Session:

100th Anniversary of the 1918 Influenza Pandemic – Preventing and Stopping Epidemics in 2018

Chair: Marc Mendelson (South Africa)

  • "New interventions for Outbreak Response: Ebola in DRC": Janet Diaz (Switzerland)
  • "Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV): Current Understanding": Jaffar Al-Tawfiq (Saudi Arabia)
  • "Rift Valley Fever in Kenya": Peninah Munyua (Kenya)
  • "Nipah Virus Outbreak 2018": Jon Epstein (USA)
  • "Listeriosis Monocytogenes in South Africa": Juno Thomas (South Africa)
  • "Recent Yellow Fever Epidemics in Brazil: Evolving Challenges": Andre Siqueira (Brazil)
  • "Plague in Madagascar": Eric Bertherat (Switzerland)
17:30-19:00 Welcome Cocktail Reception (Hotel Hilton)


Time Saturday,
November 10, 2018

Session 2: Parallel Session 1:

Open Source Geospatial Data and Analysis Tools for Epidemic Surveillance and Response

(In collaboration with the Radiant Earth Foundation)

Co-chairs: Victoria Gammino (USA), Pierre Nouvellet (UK)

  • "Innovations and Challenges in the Use of Open-source Remote Sensing
    Data and Tools": Victoria Gammino (USA)
  • "The Use of Remote Sensing, Geostatistical and Machine Learning Methods in Neglected Tropical Diseases Surveillance—the Case of Podoconiosis and Lymphatic Filariasis": Kebede Kassaye (UK)
  • "Mapping Monkeypox Risk in the Congo Basin using Remote Sensing and
    Ecological Niche Models": Yoshihori Nakazawa (USA)
  • "Predicting Spatiotemporal Risk of Yellow Fever Using a Machine Learning Approcah": RajReni Kaul (USA)

Session 3: Parallel Session 2:

Oral Abstract Presentations
One Health - Emerging Threats Across Species Boundaries

Co-chairs: Christophe Longuet (France), Jon Cohen (UK)

  • The persistent prevalence and evolution of cross-family recombinant coronavirus GCCDC1 among a bat population: a two-year follow-up: Joseph Obameso (Nigeria)
  • A Mathematical Model of the Transmission of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus in Dromedary Camels: Amy Dighe (UK)
  • Ebola in Animals - Our Knowledge to Date: Assessing Human Exposure Risks: Gael Lamielle (USA)
  • Ebola West Africa, 2014-16: An Analysis Of A Filovirus Outbreak: Adriano Duse (South Africa)
  • The Detection of Diverse Coronaviruses, Including MERS-Related Coronaviruses, In South African Bat Populations And Their Associated Ecology in Neoromica capensis: Nadine Cronjé (South Africa)
  • The Efficacy of Passive Surveillance For HPAI H5N1 In Nigeria: Practices That Affect Early Detection of Disease Outbreaks In Poultry: Agatha Ojimelukwe (Nigeria)
  • Long-term Wildlife and Human Disease Surveillance in Northern Congo: A Model for the Detection of Ebola Virus Disease Epizootics: Eeva Kuisma (Congo)
  • Review of brucellosis in Albania: disease frequency in humans and animals, and one health efforts to control the disease, 1925 to present Kujtim Mersini (Albania)
  • Ten Outbreaks of Rift Valley Fever in Uganda 2016-2018: Epidemiological and Laboratory Findings: Luke Nyakarahuka (Uganda)
  • The Discovery of A New Ebolavirus, Bombali Virus, Adds Further Support for Bats as Hosts of Ebolaviruses: Tracey Goldstein (USA)
  • Serological evidence of exposure to filoviruses and henipaviruses in wildlife, Malaysia: Eric Laing (USA)
  • Zoonoses In The Bolivian Amazon: Alarming Initial Results From an NGO-led One Health Initiative: Erika Alandia Robles (Bolivia)
  • Hendra Virus in the Field – Risk Profiling and Management: Nina Kung (Australia)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 4: Plenary Session:
Chair: Rana Hajjeh (Egypt)

  • Using Mobile Data and Global Mapping to Tackle the Next Outbreak
    Andy Tatem (UK)
11:45-13:15 Poster Presentations I (Poster Areas)


Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare Setting

  • Gonzalo Bearman (USA)
  • Angel Desai (USA)
13:15-14:30 Lunch break (optional)

Session 5: Parallel Session 1:

Antimicrobial Resistance in the One Health Context

Co-chairs: Ursula Theuretzbacher (Austria), Muhammad Salman (Pakistan)

  • "How Should LMICs Prioritize One Health Interventions to Control Antimicrobial Resistance?": Marc Mendelson (South Africa)
  • Identifying Food System Drivers of Antimicrobial Resistance: A Planetary Health approach": Jennifer Cole (UK)
  • "One Health Approach to Controlling Antimicrobial Resistance": Ghassan Matar (Lebanon)

Session 6: Parallel Session 2:

Epidemic Forecasting Across Borders

Co-chairs: Miguel O'Ryan (Chile), Daniel Lucey (USA)

  • "Precision Epidemic Forecasting": Antoine Flahault (Switzerland)
  • "Mapping the Risk of International Infectious Disease Spread (MRIIDS)": Sangeeta Bhatia (UK), Emily Cohn (USA), Anne Cori (UK), Mark Herringer (Netherlands), Britta Lassmann (USA), Pierre Nouvellet (UK)
  • "Vector Surveillance - Shazam for Mosquitoes": Haripriya Mukundarajan (USA)
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

Session 7: Parallel Session 1:

Facing the Future of Endemic and Emerging Infectious Diseases:
FAO Capacity Building and Innovation

(in collaboration with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO))

Co-chairs: Jacques Acar (France), Mubarak Mustafa (Sudan)

  • "Risk Modelling and Forecasting Tools for Enhanced Early Warning: "The Example of Rift Valley Fever": Claudia Pittiglio (Italy)
  • "Emergency Preparedness and FAO's Support to Effective Response on Emerging Diseases": Maria Romano (Italy)
  • "Innovative Information Technologies to Improve Animal Diseases Reporting and Surveillance": Fairouz Larfaoui (Italy)
  • "The future of African Livestock: From Endemic Zoonoses to EIDs": Ugo Pica-Ciamarra (Italy)

Session 8: Parallel Session 2:

Oral Abstract Presentations
Hot Topics in Emerging Infectious Diseases

Co-chairs: Timothy Brewer (USA), Natalia Pshenichnaya (Russia)

  • One-Shot Immunization Using a Measles/Lassa Vaccine Fully Protects Cynomolgus Monkeys Against Lassa Fever: Sylvain Baize (France)
  • Use of Pseudotyped Viruses for the Production of Reference Materials as part of Emerging Viral Outbreak Preparednes: Emma Bentley (UK)
  • Global Flu View: A Platform to Connect Crowdsourced Disease Surveillance Around the World: Adam Crawley (USA)
  • Novel platform (wEB) to study flu virus evolution and predict vaccine efficacy: Slobodan Paessler (USA)
  • Comparison of Seasonal Influenza Trends: Timeliness Validation of State Outbreak Reports in Mexico 2007-2014: Hojoon Lee (USA)
  • Comparison of characteristics of individuals hospitalised with acute and chronic respiratory illness testing influenza positive at two sites in South Africa, 2011-2016: Thulisa Mkhencele (South Africa)
  • Full-genome Analysis of the Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 Influenza Viruses Isolated in Ukraine During 2009-2017 Years: Oksana Smutko (Ukraine)
  • Global Origins of African Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5Nx Viruses And Intracontinental Spread: Alice Fusaro (Italy)
  • Changing Epidemiology of Listeria Outbreaks and Recalls: A review of ProMED reports from 1996-2018: Angel Desai (USA)
  • Hantavirus Puumala Genetic Variation In The Patients With HFRS In Tatarstan, Russia: Ekaterina E. Garanina (Russia)
  • Incentives that Influence Low Income Filipinos with Tuberculosis Symptoms to Change Health-seeking Behaviour: a Randomized Controlled Trial: Siwon Lee (Philippines)
  • Measles among Healthcare Workers during the Ongoing 2017-2018 Epidemic in Greece: Helena Maltezou (Greece)
  • Significant range expansion of Lloviu rirus in Europe: Re-emergence in 2016, Hungary: Gábor Kemenesi (Hungary)

Time Sunday,
November 11, 2018

Session 9: Parallel Session 1:

Advanced Diagnostics for Emerging Threats

(in collaboration with the European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ESCMID))

Co-chairs: Eskild Petersen (Oman), Tamer Saied (Egypt)

  • "Clinical Challenges Associated with Emerging Infections": Eskild Petersen (Oman)
  • "Etiology Discovery Approaches": Marion Koopmans (The Netherlands)
  • "Next Generation Sequencing for One Health": Natacha Couto (Portugal)
  • "Preparedness of the Clinical Microbiology Laboratory for Emerging Infections": Jacob Moran-Gilad (Israel) 

Session 10: Parallel Session

Oral Abstract Presentations
Vector-borne Disease in Humans and Animals

Co-chairs: Adriano Duse (South Africa), Paritosh Biswas (Bangladesh)

  • Investigation Of Serological Cross-Reactivity Within The Alphavirus Genus Using IFA Biochip Mosaics: Erik Lattwein (Germany)
  • Flavivirus serocomplex cross-reactive immunity is protective by activating heterologous memory CD4 T cell: Ashley St. John (Singapore)
  • Evaluation of a candidate WHO International Standard for Zika antibody as a vaccine reference reagent: Sarah Kempster (United Kingdom)
  • Endemicity of Zika Virus in Indonesia: Serological Evidence in Pediatric Population: R. Tedjo Sasmono (Indonesia)
  • Development And Validation Of Microarray-Based Serological Assay For Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever (CCF) And Determination of the Prevalence of CCFV In Guinea: Olga Stukulova (Russia)
  • Baseline Data on The Bionomics of Aedes aegypti to Support Dengue Control Strategies in Burkina Faso: Athanase Badolo (Burkina Faso)
  • Investigation of the Public Health Event in the Cafunfu Town, Lunda-Norte, December 2017: Dilunvuidi Pode (Angola)
  • Severe Malaria in Canada 2014-2017: Report from the Canadian Malaria Network: Anne McCarthy (Canada)
  • Gestational and Congenital Toxoplasmosis - The Clinicial Findings in a Teaching Hospital: Cinara Brandao de Mattos (Brazil)
  • The Pathogenesis of Genetically Diverse Strains of Crimean-Congo Hemorrhagic Fever Virus in the Cynomolgus Macaque Model: Chales Shoemaker (USA)
  • The First Ever Nipah Virus Outbreak and the Best Possible Response by a Tiny State of India: Sukumaran Ariyari (India)
  • Safety and Immunogenicity of a mRNA-based Chikungunya Vaccine in a Phase 1 Dose-Ranging Trial: Allison August (USA)
  • Antibody Response in Borrelia miyamotoi Infection Studied by Protein Microarray: Olga Stukolova (Russia)
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Session 11: Plenary Session

Chair: Sally Roberts (New Zealand)

  • Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention - Improving Prevention, Detection, and Response to Infectious Disease Threats Across Africa
    Philip Onyebujoh (Zimbabwe)
11:45-13:15 Poster Presentations II (Poster Areas)


Open source satellite imagery and machine learning tools to inform infectious diseases research (Pre-registration necessary: Click here)

13:15-14:30 Lunch break (optional)

Session 12: Parallel Session 1:

Epidemic Preparedness

Co-chairs: Leo Liu (USA), Anil Bhola (India)

  • "Preventing Disease in the Time of War: Immunizations for Immigrants and Refugees, and Challenges During Humanitarian Emergencies": Rana Hajjeh (Egypt)
  • "Preventing the Next Pandemic": Hilary Bower (UK)
  • "Public Private Partnerships for Epidemic Preparedness": Ryan Morhard (Switzerland)

Session 13: Parallel Session 2:

Neglected Emerging Diseases

Co-chairs: Yaw Afrane (Ghana), Carmen Louzao (Spain)

  • "Snake Bites": Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda (Switzerland)
  • "Marine Toxins": Carmen Louzao (Spain)
  • "Mycobacterium bovis at the Animal Human Interface": Elisabeth Erlacher-Vindel (France)
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break

Session 14: Parallel Session 1:

New Developments in Vaccines for Emerging Infectious Diseases

(in collaboration with the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI))
Chair: John McConnell (UK)
Round Table Discussion

  • Katrin Ramsauer (Austria)
  • Chikwe Ihekweazu (NIgeria)
  • Gerd Sutter (Germany)
  • Sarah Gilbert (UK)
  • Melanie Saville (UK)

Session 15: Parallel Session 2:

Oral Abstract Presentations
Bugs and Drugs: Bacterial Infections and Antimicrobial Resistance

Co-chairs: Seif Al-Abri (Oman), David Fisman (Canada)

  • El Nino Southern Oscillation Predicts Vibriosis Risk in the United States: David Fisman (Canada)
  • An Outbreak of Necrotising Enterocolitis of Unknown Aetiology in Newborns Admitted to a Neonatal Unit in Gauteng Province, March – June 2018: Andronica Shonhiwa (South Africa)
  • Foodborne Outbreak Of An Acute Streptococcal Pharyngitis In A Portuguese Air Force Training Center: Joana Pita (Portugal)
  • Silent antibiotic resistance genes: A threat to antimicrobial therapy: Deekshit VK (India)
  • Sharing of Antimicrobial Resistance Genes Among Animals, Humans, and the Environment In Nepal: A One Health Case Study: Cristin Young (USA)
  • Molecular Surveillance for Drug Resistant Plasmodium falciparum Imported to Ontario: Andra Boggild (Canada)
  • Prevalence and Antimicrobial Resistance of Escherichia coli and Salmonella spp. Isolated from Poultry Drinking Water and Cloacal Swab Compared of Two Regions in Thailand: Phitsanu Tulayakul (Thailand)
  • Staphylococcus aureus Nasal and Intestinal Carriage by Free-Ranging Red Deer: Evidence of Human, Domestic and Wild Animal Lineages: Camilla Luzzago (Italy)
19:30-21:30 Mayor's Cocktail Reception (City Hall) - Cocktail Reception (no transportation provided)


November 12, 2018


Session 16: Parallel Session 1:

Drivers of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Co-chairs: Norbert Nowotny (Austria), Sok Touch (Cambodia)

  • "Why Here?  Why Now? Travel, Trade and Disease Emergence": David Fisman (Canada)
  • "Emerging Infectious Diseases in a New Climate": Rachel Lowe (UK)
  • "Trends in Disease Emergence: Through the ProMED Lens: Leo Liu (USA)
  • "Disease Emergence at the Animal/Human Interface": Albert Osterhaus (Germany)

Session 17: Parallel Session 2:

Oral Abstract Presentations

Outbreak Preparedness - Surveillance, Policy and Communication

Co-chairs: Angela Hilmers (USA), Marjorie Pollack (USA)

  • The Role of Entry-Screening Procedures in the Identification of Multidrug-Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis Cluster Cases Amongst Patients Arriving in Europe from The Horn Of Africa, 2016-17: Günter Pfaff (Germany)
  • Traveller Sentinels for Global Surveillance of Malaria Drug Resistance and Diagnostic Test Evasion: Christinane Prosser (Australia)
  • The Potential for International Dissemination of Emerging Viral Pathogens: Jonathan Read (UK)
  • Outbreak DIY: A new tool for public communication about infectious disease and One Health: Sabrina Sholts (USA)
  • An Epidemic of Tariffs? Infectious Disease and Global Trade in an Era of Change: Ann Marie Kimball (USA)
  • Risk Communication of Zoonotic Spillover: Initial Lessons from a Satellite-Based Forecasting Platform: Samuel Malloy (USA)
  • Development of a Sustainable Diagnostic Toolbox for Serosurveillance of West African Infectious Diseases:Keersten Ricks (USA)
  • A Role for EpiCore with International NGOs: the Experience of MSF Spain (2018): Jas Mantero (USA)
  • How Culture Collections can Assist Responses to Emerging Diseases: Karen Buttigieg (UK)
  • Improving Community Resilience through the Development of an Epidemic Risk and Priority Framework: Kemal Arslantas (Netherlands)
  • Technology Volunteerism - the Red Cross’ Approach to Developing a Digital Community Based Surveillance Tool for Early Detection of Diseases with Epidemic Potential: Anine Kongelf (Norway)
  • Surveillance of laboratory exposure to human pathogens and toxins in Canada: Florence Tanguay (Canada)
  • Big Brother is Watching - Using Digital Disease Surveillance Tools for Near Real-Time Forecasting: Sangeeta Bhatia (UK)

Session 18: Plenary Session:

Chair: Britta Lassmann (USA)

  • Landscape Change, Biodiversity Loss, and Emerging Infectious Disease
    Christine Kreuder-Johnson (USA)

The program is subject to changes!