Scientific Sessions (updated October 24, 2014)

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Plenary Lectures

MERS-CoV Update
Z. Memish (Saudi Arabia)
     Friday, October 31, 2014, 14.20-15.00hrs

Challenges and Controversies in the 2014 West African Ebola Virus Outbreak Response
A. Duse (South Africa)
     Friday, October 31, 2014, 16:30-17:15hrs 


The Global Emergence of Resistance
R. Laxminarayan (India)
     Saturday, November 1, 2014, 11.00-11.45hrs
Launching of the New OIE Global Wildlife Disease Reporting System: WAHIS-Wild
P. Caceres-Soto (France)
     Sunday, November 2, 2014, 11.00-11.45hrs
Changing Disease Landscapes
J. Lubroth (Italy)
     Monday, November 3, 2014, 11.00-11.45hrs
Break-out Sessions

In the Hot Zone: Ebola and MERS-CoV

Friday, October 31, 2014, 15:00-16:30hrs

  • Why Did the Camel Kiss the Bat?
    K. Olival (USA)
  • Laboratory Preparedness in Outbreak Response and Investigation
    M. Koopmans (The Netherlands)
  • From the Frontline of the Ebola Crisis
    H. De Clerck (MSF, Belgium)

West Nile Fever in the European Union: Challenges for Integrated Surveillance and Control
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 08.30-09.30
  • Status of West Nile Fever Surveillance in Humans in the European Union
    L. Marrama (Sweden)
  • Status of West Nile Fever Surveillance in Animals in the European Union
    A. Gervelmeyer (Italy)
  • Integrated West Nile fever surveillance: experience of Italy
    P. Calistri (Italy)
Rapid Diagnostics for Emerging Infectious Threats
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 09.30-10.30hrs
  • Rapid diagnosis of MDR Gram-negatives
    G. Cornaglia (Italy)
  • Rapid diagnosis of Invasive Mycosis
    C. Lass-Floerl (Austria)
  • Mobilization of Samples and Biocontaimnent Laboratories for the Diagnosis of Risk Group 4 Agents in Outbreak Response
    G. Ippolito (Italy)
Pathogen and Host Diversity - Are there Clues that Can Help Us Prevent Emerging Infectious Diseases?
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 14.30-16:00hrs
  • Can Host Breadth and Phylogeny Portend Viral Emergence?
    K. Olival (USA)
  • Virodiversity - How Many Viruses Are Out There
    S. Anthony (USA)
  • Ebola, SARS, MERS Oh My, Can We Limit Outbreaks?
    W. Karesh (USA)
  • Wrap up - the Big Picture
    P. Daszak (USA)
Ethics and Disease Surveillance
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 14.30-16:00hrs
  • Disease Surveillance in the Era of Big Data
    E. Vayena (Switzerland)
  • Ethical Disease Surveillance, the WHO Perspective
    A. Reis (Switzerland)
  • Uses of Big Data for Public Health
    S. Wallace (United Kingdom)
ProMED 20th Anniversary Symposium: Innovations in Outbreak Detection
Saturday, November 1, 2014, 16.30-18:00hrs
  • 20 Years of Outbreak Reporting
    S. Morse (USA), J. Woodall (Brazil)
  • Ending Pandemics in Our Lifetime
    M. Smolinski (USA)
  • Innovations in Disease Detection
    J. Brownstein (USA)
  • Round Table Discussion
FAO Tools for Animal Health
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 08.30-10.30hrs
  • Progressive Control Pathway (PCP) for Disease Control and Global Strategies
    E. Raizman (Italy)
  • Global Animal Disease Surveillance and Health Information Tools
    J. Pinto (Italy)
  • Tackling Emergency Diseases Head On Through Good Emergency Management Practice (GEMP)
    I. Douglas (Italy)
  • Tools Supporting Laboratory Capacities and Information Sharing
    F. Claes(Italy)
  • Research Tools Supporting Livestock Development and Food Security; Peste des Petits Ruminants as a Working Example
    W. Dundon (Austria)
Healthcare Associated Emerging Infections
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 08.30-10.30hrs
  • Contact Networks and Emerging Infections at Local, National and Global Levels
    P. Polgreen (USA)
  • The role of Biologic Therapies in Emerging Infections
    J. Baddley (USA)
  • Emerging infections, Transplants and Transfusions
    J. Baddley (USA)
  • Emerging Device Related Infections Around the World
    D. Warren (USA)
Things are Heating Up: Emerging Infectious Diseases and Climate Change
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 14.30-16.00hrs
  • Indirect Effects of Climate on Disease Emergence: Population Stress and Migration and Emerging Infectious Diseases
    D. Fisman (Canada)
  • Water, Climate and Disease Emergence
    A. Greer (Canada)
  • Unraveling Disease Signatures in Climate for the Improvement of Disease Prediction
    X. Rodó (Spain)
Emerging Viral Threats
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 14.30-16.00hrs
  • Ebola and its Spread in West Africa
    O. Tomori (Nigeria)
  • Avian Influenza Studies at the Human-animal Interface
    M. Koopmans (The Netherlands)
  • Chikungunya's Entry into the Americas
    A. Flahault (France)
Pastoralism, Rural Communities and the Human Animal Health Interface in East Africa
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 16.30-18.00hrs
  • Staying Mobile, Staying Healthy? Pastoralism, Mobility, and Human Health in the Drylands of East Africa
    B. Butt (USA)
  • Reaching the Fifth Child: Operational Challenges for Polio Eradication Among Pastoralist Communities
    V. Gammino (USA)
  • Strategic animal health surveillance in pastoral regions
    C. Okell (UK)
  • Integrated Human and Animal Health Surveillance and Services for Remote Rural Communities
    E. Schelling (Switzerland)
One Health: From Research to Public Health
Monday, November 3, 2014 08.30-10.30hrs
  • State-space Models, Risk Maps and Public Health: One Health Approach to Hantavirus Infections
    K. Tersago (Belgium)
  • From Risk Maps to Risk Alleviation in Public Health: Examples for Hantavirus and CCHF Virus Infections
    K. Dressel (Germany)
  • One Health as an Everyday Work: Example of Rift Valley Fever in the Animal and Human Health Network in the South-western Indian Ocean
    E. Cardinale (France)
  • How to Improve the Practical Implementation of One Health?
    E. Schelling (Switzerland)
Oral Abstracts Presentations
Oral Presenatations: Surveillance and Modeling of Emerging Infectious Diseases
Saturday, November 1, 08.30-10.30hrs
  • Local transmission networks of community and hospital associated pathogens
    G. Almogy (ISRAEL)
  • A University driven approach to engaging communities in control of infectious diseases at the human wildlife interface: Demonstration site survey in Kilosa district, Tanzania
  • Developing a real-time syndromic surveillance system based on the monitoring of drug purchases in pharmacies: the experience
    V. Auvigne (FRANCE)
  • Understanding the spatio-temporal risks for bluetongue outbreaks across south India using space-time Bayesian Poisson regression modelling
    M. Chanda (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Design of optimal surveillance network for biosafety: a value of information model
  • The world’s first application of participatory surveillance at a mass gathering: FIFA World Cup 2014, Brazil
  • Communicable disease surveillance during the 2014 FIFA World Cup - Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil
  • Estimating illness incidence and investigating outbreaks using a multi-purpose population-based reporting cohort in Sweden, 2013-2014
    H. Merk (SWEDEN)
  • Making detection and response to all events threatening human health faster: guidance for early warning and response with focus on event-based surveillance
    J. Guerra (FRANCE)
  • Rift Valley fever risk mapping and modelling in Tanzania
    C. Sindato (TANZANIA, United Republic of)
  • Mapping of Networks to Detect Priority Zoonoses in Jordan
Oral Presenatations: Hot Topics in Emerging Infectious Diseases
Saturday, November 1, 16.30-18.00hrs
  • Above and beyond individual exposure: Ward-level antibiotic prescribing is the principal predictor of increased Clostridium difficile infection risk
  • Invasive non-capsulated Haemophilus influenzae in pregnancy and the newborn – an under-recognised pathogen
    S. Collins (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Description and reporting of 303 probable neurocysticercosis cases identified by CT-brain scan imaging and hospital record: a one year retrospective medical record review utilizing active surveillance in a Southern California community hospital
  • A pilot study evaluating the level of antimicrobial resistance in Salmonella and Campylobacter isolated from poultry farms
  • Visceral Leishmaniasis and HIV co-infection in Bihar, India: Long-term effectiveness and treatment outcomes with Liposomal Amphotericin B (AmBisome)
    M. Gonzales Sans (INDIA)
  • Past, present and future of Chagas disease in Spain (1997-2011) – A descriptive study
    Z. Herrador (SPAIN)
  • Novel mycobacterial spp in the Serengeti ecosystems: potential implications for human and animal health
    B. Katale (TANZANIA)
  • Re-emergence of Brucellosis in Domestic Ruminant animals of the Karamoja pastoral sub-region in Uganda
    D. Ndumu (UGANDA)
  • Cholera outbreak in a prison in Port au Prince, Haiti, October 2013
    W. Pierre (HAITI)
Oral Presenatations: High-Consequence Viral Pathogens
Sunday, November 2, 2014, 16.30-18.00hrs
  • Ebola virus disease outbreak in Nigeria: Lessons to learn
    C. Althaus (SWITZERLAND)
  • A strategy to estimate unknown viral diversity in mammals
  • Ebola preparedness and response: The role of a development organisation in Freetown, Sierra Leone
    P. Arkell (UNITED KINGDOM)
  • Foot and mouth disease epizootic in the Maghreb (2014): Sequence of events and adopted strategy
    A. Benkirane (MOROCCO)
  • Syndromic approach to diagnostics of febrile travellers as a basis for surveillance of emerging arboviral diseases
  • Outbreak of Dengue fever in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania during 2014: preliminary results from an outbreak investigation
    G. Ippolito (ITALY)
  • A surveillance of Ebola outbreak disease at Télimélé, Guinea Conakry 2014
    J.M.V. Namahoro (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • First deployment of the European mobile laboratory in the course of the Guinea Ebola outbreak
    K. Stoecker (GERMANY)
  • Epidemiology of West Nile virus and endemic arboviruses in neurological disease in South Africa: a One Health approach
    M. Venter (SOUTH AFRICA)
  • Study of the impact of canine distemper and rabies viruses on the red fox population in Northern Italy trough a microsatellite analysis outlining the population genetic structure
    B. Zecchin (ITALY)
Oral Presenatations: Emerging Respiratory Viruses
Monday, November 3, 2014, 08.30-10:30hrs
  • What is the evidence for influenza transmission aboard aircraft – a systematic review
    C. Adlhoch (SWEDEN)
  • Understanding the epidemiology of H5N1 and H9N2 influenza virus outbreaks in Nepal
    M. Akram (NEPAL)
  • Survey for avian influenza A virus subtypes H5, H9 and H7 in the live bird markets’ environment in Bangladesh
    P. Biswas (BANGLADESH)
  • Selective pressure acting on influenza neuraminidase gene: a complementary approach for studying the emergence and evolution of antiviral drug resistance and reduced susceptibility
    V. Correia (PORTUGAL)
  • Detecting H5N1-HPAI virus variants in the endemic situation: developing an integrated web-based, surveillance platform (“IVM Online”)
    P. Durr (AUSTRALIA)
  • The distribution pattern of avian influenza H5N1 viruses in the high transmission area in Java, Indonesia
    T. Garjito (INDONESIA)
  • Audience segmentation as a risk communication strategy for preventing complacency toward highly pathogenic avian influenza
  • Active surveillance of avian influenza A/H5 and H7 viruses at live bird markets in Vietnam, 2013-2014
    T. Nguyen (VIET NAM)
  • Detection of new genetic variants of betacoronaviruses in endemic frugivorous bats of Madagascar
    M-M. Olive (MADAGASCAR)
  • Occupational exposure to dromedary camels is a risk factor for infection with MERS-CoV; a comparative serologic study
    C. Reusken (THE NETHERLANDS)
  • Experimental infection of dromedary camels with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus
  • Avian influenza surveillance and pathogenic potential assessment of animal influenza viruses in Russia
  • Impact of national influenza vaccine campaign on respiratory illness in Thailand, 2010-2011
    P. Silaporn (THAILAND)