Scientific Sessions (updated December 13, 2016)

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Pre-Congress Events


Thursday, November 3, 2016 - Friday, November 4, 2016
(Hackathon presentations on Saturday, November 5, 2016, 08:30-09:30hrs)


Epicore Workshop
Friday, November 4, 2016, 10:30-13:00hrs

Nontraditional sources of information such as social and mass media can often alert public health officials to possible disease outbreaks faster than traditional surveillance methods. Field epidemiologists are learning how to leverage these new methods for disease detection through a new innovative disease surveillance initiative called EpiCore.This workshop will introduce participants to a newly developed platform for verification of outbreaks globally. EpiCore will help the global public health community to find outbreaks faster, allowing for speedier responses and control. Workshop participants will learn about innovative disease surveillance methods and will have the opportunity to train in the use of the EpiCore platform. After completion of the workshop, qualified participants will be able to enroll as EpiCore volunteers and participate in this global effort to combat emerging infectious diseases. EpiCore is a collaboration of ISID's Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED), the Skoll Global Threats Fund, TEPHINET and HealthMap.

Friday, November 4, 2016
Plenary Session

One World – One Health: Trans-Boundary Emerging Diseases in Humans, Animals and Wildlife
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 14:20-17:15hrs

Co-chairs: Jon Cohen (UK), Larry Madoff (USA)

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Parallel Sessions

Flaviviruses - an Expanding Global Threat
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 08:30-10:30hrs

Co-chairs: Oyewale Tomori (Nigeria), Laura Kramer (USA)

  • Teratogenic Viral Infections of the Fetal Central Nervous System in Animals: Timing and Pathogen Genetics are Critical
    J. MacLachlan (USA)
    IMED2016_MacLachlan.pdf (6.7MB)
  • Congenital Zika Syndrome
    V. Van der Linden (Brazil)
  • Mathematical Models to Elucidate the Transmission Dynamics and Control of Vector-borne Diseases
    G. Chowell (USA)
  • Yellow Fever Emergence in the 21st Century
    O. Tomori (Nigeria)
    IMED2016_Tomori.pdf (4.0MB)

Hackathon Presentations and Oral Abstract Presentations
Novel Pathogens
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 08:30-10:30hrs

Co-chairs: Timothy Brewer (USA), Antoine Flahault (Switzerland)

Plenary Lecture
Epidemics Without Borders: From Challenges to Opportunities for Better Emergency Response
Saturday, November 5, 11:00-11:45hrs
M. Tatay (Switzerland)
Chair: Marc Mendelson (South Africa)
Parallel Sessions

Tracking Emerging Diseases
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 14:30-16:00hrs

Co-chairs: Paula Caceres (France), Marjorie Pollack (USA)

The Farthest Reach: The challenge of Nomadic and Remote Populations to Emergency Response, Emerging Disease Surveillance, and Eradication
November 5, 2016, 14:30-16:00hrs

Co-chairs: Rana Hajjeh (Egypt), Benson Estambale (Kenya)

  • The Challenge of Nomadic and Remote Populations to Emergency Response, Emerging Disease Surveillance, and Eradication
    J. Montgomery (USA)
    IMED2016_Montgomery.pdf (8.3MB)
  • The Impact of Climate Change and Population Mobility on Neglected Tropical Disease Elimination
    J. Amon (USA)
    IMED2016_Amon.pdf (7.9MB)
  • Interdisciplinary Approaches in Evaluating Access to Care Among Nomadic Pastoralists in Northeastern Kenya for Disease Eradication and Elimination
    V. Gammino (Kenya/USA)
    IMED2016_Gammino.pdf (3.9MB)
Parallel Sessions

Pandemic Preparedness and what we Learned from Ebola
Saturday, November 5, 2016,16:30-18:00hrs

Co-chairs: Daniel Lucey (USA), Boubacar Maiga (Mali)

Oral Abstract Presentations
Zika and Other Vecto-borne Infections
Saturday, November 5, 2016,16:30-18:00hrs
Co-chairs: Jonathan Epstein (USA), Jaime Torres (Venezuela)

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
Parallel Sessions

A Refugee's Journey from Insecurity to Stability
(in collaboration with ESCMID)
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 08:30-10:30hrs

Co-chairs: Giuseppe Cornaglia (Italy), Vladimir Krcmery (Slovakia)

  • Cross Border Infection Surveillance in Mbile European Populations - GeoSentinel and More
    P. Schlagenhauf (Switzerland)
  • German Experience with Screening and Healthcare in Refugee and Asylum Seeker Reception Camps
    W. Kern (Germany)
    IMED2016_Kern.pdf (6.6MB)
  • Tracing Antibiotic Resistance Genes Along the Migration Pathways
    G. Cornaglia (Italy)
  • Turkey's Experience with Management of Health and Infections Challenges Among Refugees
    N. Tulek (Turkey)

Oral Abstract Presentations
One Health Diseases Across Species Boundaries
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 08:30-10:30hrs

Co-chairs: Cristina Ramirez (USA), Stuart Handysides (UK)

  • The Vietnam Initiative on zoonotic infections (VIZIONs): An interim analysis of the epidemiology and aetiology of central nervous system infections
    H.E. Brindle (United Kingdom)
    IMED2016_Brindle.pdf (1.0MB)
  • Monoclonal antibody-mediated clearance of rabies virus from the central nervous system: Implications for future approaches to rabies therapy
    P. De Benedictis (Italy)
    IMED2016_De Benedictis.pdf (854KB)
  • Host-symbionts interactions between bats and coronaviruses
    S. Leopardi (Italy)
    IMED2016_Leopardi.pdf (2.1MB)
  • Nipah virus ecology and infection dynamics in its bat reservoir, Pteropus medius, in Bangladesh
    J. H. Epstein (USA)
  • Global correlates of emerging zoonoses: Anthropogenic environmental, and biodiversity risk factors
    T. Allen (United Kingdom)
    IMED2016_Allen.pdf (2.6MB)
  • Prevalence and risk factors of seropositivity to C. burnetii infection in dairy farms and dairy farmers, Chiang-Mai, Thailand 2015
    P. Doung-ngern (Thailand)
    IMED2016_Doung-ngern.pdf (1.3MB)
  • Determining hotspots of human exposure to rodents, bats, and monkeys in Bangladesh
    I. S. Shanta (Bangladesh)
    IMED2016_Shanta.pdf (992KB)

Plenary Lecture

Trends in Antimicrobial Resistance in Europe
Sunday, November 6, 11:00-11:45hrs
D. Monnet (Sweden)
IMED2016_Monnet.pdf (6.7MB)

Chair: Mike Catchpole (Sweden)

Parallel Sessions

Hot Topics in Emerging Infections
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 14:30-16:00hrs

Co-chairs: Julio Pinto (Italy), Natalia Pshenichnaya (Russia)

  • MERS
    Z. Memish (Saudi Arabia)
  • Transboundary Animal Diseases (TADs) and Social Instability
    L. Myers (Italy)
    IMED2016_MyersL.pdf (1.8MB)
  • CCHF
    O. Ergonul (Turkey)
  • Avian Influenza Viruses at the Animal Human Interface: Progress and Challenges in Under Resource Countries
    G. Cattoli (Austria)
    IMED2016_Cattoli.pdf (2.1MB)
  • The Sterile Insect Technique as a Tool for Control of Insect Vectors and Vector-borne Diseases
    K. Bourtzis (Austria)

Data Sharing and Ethics of Big Data
Sunday, November 6, 2016, 14:30-16:00hrs

Chair: Effy Vayena (Switzerland)

Parallel Sessions

Managing the Next Outbreak
Sunday, November 6, 2016,16:30-18:00hrs

Co-chairs: Norbert Nowotny (Austria/UAE), Michelle Doll (USA)

  • Metagenomics and Molecular Diagnostics for Emerging Infectious Diseases
    E. Rubin (USA)
  • Therapeutic Considerations for Emerging Viral infections
    P. Tambyah (Singapore)
    IMED2016_Tambyah.pdf (12MB)
  • Communicating to the Press and Public During Outbreaks
    H. Branswell (Canada/USA)
    IMED2016_Branswell.pdf (662KB)

Oral Abstract Presentations

Lessons from Ebola and Preparing for the Next Pandemic
Sunday, November 6, 2016,16:30-18:00hrs
Co-chairs: Larry Lutwick (USA), Alison Holmes (UK)

  • An economic model for introducing a quadrivalent conjugate meningococcal vaccine among adolescents in South Africa
    S. G. P. Lengana (South Africa)
    IMED2016_Lengana.pdf (1.3MB)
  • Point-of-care molecular diagnostics for epidemic-prone viruses
    C. Escadafal (France)
    IMED2016_Escadafal.pdf (2.4MB)
  • Effectiveness of masks and respirators against respiratory infections in healthcare workers: A systematic review and meta-analysis
    V. Offeddu (Singapore)
    IMED2016_Offeddu.pdf (24MB)
  • Utility, feasibility, and acceptance of an online platform for tropical diseases contact tracing
    P. E. Pantoja (Spain)
    IMED2016_Pantoja.pdf (2.0MB)
  • Establishing EVD testing at a mobile laboratory using GeneXpert technology in Liberia--Impact on surveillance system, outbreak detection, and patient management
    P. Raftery (Liberia)
    IMED2016_Raftery.pdf (6.3MB)
  • Potential impact of sexual transmission on Ebola virus epidemiology: Sierra Leone as a case study
    C. Althaus (USA)
    IMED2016_Althaus.pdf (4.0MB)
  • Promoting safe sex and condom use among Ebola virus disease (EVD) survivors to mitigate risk of sexual transmission through clinic-based education and semen testing in 3 districts in Sierra Leone
    A. Myers (USA)
    IMED2016_Myers.pdf (121KB)
  • First data in African subjects for the monovalent Janssen Ebola Zaire heterologous prime-boost vaccines, combining Ad26.ZEBOV and MVA-BN-Filo
    O. Anzala (Kenya)
    IMED2016_Anzala.pdf (1.0MB)


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Monday, November 7, 2016
Parallel Sessions

Antimicrobial Resistance in the One Health Context
Monday, November 7, 2016, 08:30-10:30hrs

Co-chairs: Jacques Acar (France), Damien Joly (USA)

Oral Abstract Presentations
Innovative Approaches to Disease Surveillance
Monday, November 7, 2016, 08:30-10:30hrs

  • Estimating FluNearYou correlation to CDC's ILINet
    R. Arafat (USA)
    IMED2016_Arafat.pdf (933KB)
  • Emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases in displaced populations 1998 to 2016: An analysis of ProMED-mail reports
    J. W. Ramatowski (USA)
    IMED2016_Ramatowski.pdf (801KB)
  • Digital functions in a participatory One Health surveillance initiative aiming for pandemic averting
    P. Susampao (Thailand)
    IMED2016_Susampao.pdf (2.7MB)
  • Developing a transdiciplinary database for operationalization of One Health surveillance for Japanese Encephalitis in India
    P. Chatterjee (India)
    IMED2016_Chatterjee.pdf (197KB)
  • Analyzing a hepatitis A outbreak by integrating space-time distances and network approach as evidence-based assessment f vaccination policy
    M.-H. Lin (Taiwan)
    IMED2016_Lin.pdf (1.0MB)
  • Emergence and surveillance of hepatitis E in humans, EU/EEA, 2005-2015
    C. Adlhoch (Sweden)
    IMED2016_Adlhoch.pdf (1.7MB)
  • Validation of EGCRISC for HCV infection screening and risk assessment in the Egyptian population
    E. Abd El-Wahab (Egypt)
    IMED2016_Abd El-Wahab.pdf (7.2MB)
  • The role of phylogenetic lineage in Escherichia coli O 157:H7 risk: Location, location, location
    G. A. M. Tarr (USA)
    IMED2016_Tarr.pdf (718KB)
  • Comparing laboratory surveillance with the notifiable disease surveillance system in South Africa
    F. G. Benson (South Africa)
    IMED2016_Benson.pdf (443KB)
Plenary Lecture

The Global Virome Project
Monday, November 7, 11:00-11:45hrs

Chair: Britta Lassmann (USA)

D. Carroll (USA)

P. Daszak (USA)

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