Scientific Program

DAY 1 - Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Pre-congress Symposia/Workshops
12:00 – 17:00REGISTRATION
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL DHall E
13:00 – 14:30Workshop 1
Immunization for Bacterial Infections
Pfizer
Workshop 2
Immunization
GSK Inc
Workshop 3
Microbiology
laboratory Standards

Chairpersons:Haya Altuwalah (KUW) & Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)
13:00 – 13:30TBA
Synflorix Updates
TBA
How Viral Load Assay Performance Translates into Clinical Outcome (Part 1)
James Westgard (UK)
13:30 – 14:00TBAPCV Local Health Economics
TBA
How Viral Load Assay Performance Translates into Clinical Outcome (Part 2)
James Westgard (UK)
14:00 – 14:30Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30Workshop 4
Basic Immunology
Chairperson:Michael Mansour (USA)
Workshop 5
Research Made Easy
Chairperson: Ali Omrani (KSA)
Workshop 3
Microbiology laboratory Standards
Chairpersons: Haya Altuwalah (KUW) & Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)
Workshop 6
Infection Prevention and Control
Chairpersons: Ahmad Hakawi (KSA)
Workshop 7
Basic Clinical Microbiology
Chairpersons: Sahar Althawadi (KSA) & Nermin Kamal Hasan (BAH)
15:00 – 15:30Introduction and Innate Immunity
Michael Mansour(USA)
Research Question, PubMed and Endnote
Reem Almaghrabi
UKNEQAS
TBA
Risk Assessment In Infection Control: Practical Points To Go
Basel Molaeb (KSA)
Point of care testing in Microbiology
Nermin Kamal
15:30 – 16:00Interventional Studies
Basem Raddadi (KSA)
Products Evaluation: What to Buy and How?
Maha Alawi (KSA)
Rapid diagnostics for tuberculosis and respiratory infections
Sahar Althawadi (KSA)
16:00 – 16:30Bridge to Long-lasting Responses
Michael Mansour (USA)
Observational Studies
Reem Almaghrabi (KSA)
UKAS Quality Management and Accreditation
TBA
From Policy To Practice: A Guide For Implementation
Majid Alshamrani (KSA)
Automation in Microbiology
Maysoon Mutabagani (KSA)
16:30 – 17:00Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:30Workshop 4
Basic Immunology
Chairperson:Michael Mansour (USA)
Workshop 6
Research Made Easy
Chairpersons: Ali Omrani (KSA)
Workshop 3
Microbiology laboratory Standards
Chairpersons: Haya Altuwalah (KUW)& Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)
Workshop 5
Infection Prevention and Control
Chairpersons: Ahmad Hakawi (KSA)
Workshop 8
Antimicrobial Pharmacy
Chairperson: Abdullah Almohaizie (KSA)
17:00 - 17:30Adaptive Effector Populations
Michael Mansour (USA)
Bias and Confounding
Basem Raddadi (KSA)
UKNEQAS
TBA
Stakeholders In Focus: How To Get Infection Control In Top Of C-Suite Agenda?
Hanan Balkhy (KSA)
Regulations for antimicrobial approval and prescribing
Abdullah Almohaizie (KSA)
17:30 - 18:00Statistics Made Simple
Ali Omrani (KSA)
Root Cause Analysis In Infection Control: How To Add Quality To Infection Control
Business?
Elias Tannous (UAE)
Outpatient Prescribing and Antimicrobial Resistance
Hiba Alruwaisan (KSA)
18:00 - 18:30Pharmacodynamics/kinetics considerations in antimicrobial prescribing
Rania Lababedi (UAE)
DAY 2 - Thursday 2 November 2017
07:30 – 08:00Registration
TIMEHALL A
Session-IAntimicrobial Pipelines
Chairpersons: Huda Bukharie (KSA)/Manaf Alqahtani (BAH)
08:00 –08:30Will Antibiotics Work in the Future?
Fred Tenover (USA)
08:30 – 09:00Cutting Edge Immunology: Potential Translations From Basic Science to Clinical Therapy
Michael Mansour (USA)
09:00 – 09:30Future Agents For Resistant Gram Negative Rods
Ali Omrani (KSA)
09:30 – 10:15Opening Ceremony
10:15 – 11:00Posters Viewing & Coffee Break
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL D
(Integrated Symposia)
Session-IIHIV
Chairpersons: Batool Ali (KSA)/ Nizar Bahabri (KSA)
Public Health and
Immunization

Chairpersons: Amal Almaani (OMA)/ BAH
Advances in Microbiology
Chairpersons: Eiman Mukaddas (KUW)/ Ali Somaily (KSA)
Sepsis Symposium
By
GLOBAL SEPSIS ALLIANCE
Chairpersons: Salman Abdulaziz (UAE)/ Awadh Alomari (KSA)
11:00 – 11:25HIV in the MENA Region
Joumanah Hermez (WHO)
Eradication Goals: Why Not Achieved
Thomas Cherian (WHO)
Molecular Diagnosis of
Antimicrobial Resistance
Fred Tenover (USA)
The Burden of Sepsis on
Healthcare System
Salman Abdulaziz (UAE)
11:25 – 11:50Successes in Preventing HIV Transmission
Abdulrahman Alrajhi (KSA)
Immunization Programs in the Gulf Countries
Jalila Elsayyed (BAH)
Mussab al Saleh (KUW)
The New Tool of Digital PCR
Amro Kabbara (LEB)
WHO Call: Sepsis, A Global
Health Priority
TBA
11:50 – 12:15The Future Of Antiretroviral
Therapy
Emilio Fumero (SPA)
Preparedness Plans For Disaster From Infectious Agents: Gulf Situation
Ali Albarrak (KSA)
Will Serology Be Obsolete in Diagnosis of Acute Infections?
Tim Wreghitt (UK)
Sepsis Battle: Beat It!
Husain Alawadhi (UAE)
12:15- 13:00Satellite symposium
GSK Inc
Satellite symposium
Pfizer
Satellite symposium
Rouche Diagnostics
Satellite symposium
BD
13:00– 14:00Lunch Break
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL D
(Integrated Symposia)
Session-IIIAntimicrobial Resistance: Epidemiology
Chairpersons: Suliman Obaid (KSA)/Esam Yamani (KSA)
Infections in Primary Health Care (Interactive Session)
Chairpersons: Qasim Aradati (BAH)/Wasl Aladsani (KSA)
Oral Presentations A
Chairpersons: Wadha Alfouzan/ Mushira Enani (KSA)
Nursing and Infection Control
by
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES
Chairpersons: Marianne Kemer (NET)/ Maha Alawi (KSA)
14:00 – 14:25MDR Gram Negative: The World
Giuseppe Cornaglia (Italy)
Point of Care Testing for Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
Samira ALjuhani (KSA)
14:00 - 14:15:
Epidemiological investigation of Burkholderia Cepacia outbreak in a tertiary care hospital
Rehab Abdelfattah
Efficient infection control: multidisciplinary approaches and the importance of nursing within IPC
Hanan Balkhy (KSA)
14:15 - 14:30:
The First Exploratory Study on the Transmission Dynamics of Multidrug Resistant Mycobacterium tuberculosis in Saudi Arabia using Whole Genome Sequencing
Sahal Al-hajoj
14:25 – 14:50MDR Gram Negative: Gulf and Middle East
Hosam Zowawi (KSA)
Principles of Antimicrobial Prescribing in PHC Setting
Heysam Tufenkeji (KSA)
14:30 - 14:45:
Exploring the Clinical Relevance of Non-Tuberculous Mycobacteria Causing Pulmonary and Extra-pulmonary Diseases in Saudi Arabia-Findings from the First National Surveillance Study
Sahal Al-hajoj
Healthcare-associated infection: burden of disease, infection control challenges and solutions for the MENA region
Elias Tannous (UAE)
14:45 - 15:00:
Fungal Infections in Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia: A report on 188 patients at King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Center, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Suleimman Al-sweedan
14:50 – 15:15The Threat of Community Pathogens in the Gulf: Pneumococcus, Hemophilus, Salmonella and Gonococcus
Atef Shibl (KSA)
The Challenge of Recurrent UTIs
Wasl Aladsani (KUW)
15:00 - 15:15:
Multi-Resistant Candida auris is Susceptible to Taurolidine
Bruce Reidenberg
Hand Hygiene Excellence Award – a new perspective for the Region and worldwide perspectives

Natacha Farquet (SWZ)
15:15 – 15:30Coffee Break
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL D
(integrated symposia)
15:30 – 16:15Satellite symposium Satellite symposium Satellite symposium Satellite symposium
Session-IVAntimicrobial Resistance: Combating the Threat
Chairpersons: HMuqbil Alhedaithy (KSA)/ Reem Aljindan (KSA)
History of Major Achievements in Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Awadh Alanazi (KSA)/ Narmen Kamal (BAH)
Oral Presentations B
Chairpersons: Haya Altowalah (KUW)/ Mohammed Qutub (KSA)
Nursing and Infection Control
by
INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL OF NURSES
Chairpersons: Wafa Alnasser (KSA)/ TBA (BAH)
16:15 – 16:40Animal Role in AMR
Awa Aidara-Kane (WHO)
The Discovery of Antimicrobials
Giuseppe Cornaglia (Italy)
15:45 – 1600:
HIV viral suppression in Oman: Encouraging progress towards achieving 90% UNAIDS target
Ali Elgalib
TBA
16:40 – 17:05Antibiotic Stewardship: Not a Smooth Sail
Rania Lababedi (UAE)
Nucleic Acid Test Applications in Infectious Diseases
Tim Wreghitt (UK)
16:00 - 16:15:
Psychiatric Disorders Observed in HIV+ Patients Using 6 Common 3rd Agents in the Observational Pharmaco-Epidemiology Research and Analysis (OPERA) database
Vani Vannappagari
TBA
16:15 - 16:30:
Transmission characteristics of MERS and SARS in the healthcare setting: a comparative study
Fatima Abdirizak
17:05 – 17:30Maneuvers to Treat GNR With Current Antibiotics
Ali Omrani (KSA)
Immunization
Thomas Cherian (WHO)
16:30 - 16:45:
The Role of enterovirus in Type 1 diabetes
Abdulaziz Alhazmi
TBA
16:45 – 17:00:
Colistin Resistance Gene mcr-1 Harboured on an IncHI2 Multidrug-Resistance Plasmid in E. coli ST131 O25:H4-fimH22 clone
Majed Alghoribi
TIMEHALL A
18:00-18:45Keynote Lecture
Chairpersons: Hail Al-Abdely (KSA)
Innovative Antimicrobial Discovery Techniques
Jon Sayers (UK)
DAY 3 - Friday, 3 November 2017
TIMEHALL A, B & C
Session-VESCMID Symposium
Chairpersons: Ibrahim Elziq (WHO)/Ali Albarrak (KSA)
08:00 –08:30Infections Related to Therapy With Biological Agents
Maurizio Sanguinetti (ITA)
08:30 – 09:00Antibacterial Choices in Febrile Neutropenia in the Era of Extensive Bacterial Resistance
Thamer Alenazi (KSA)
09:00 – 09:30Prophylaxis for Aspergillus in Hematology Cancer: Pros and Cons
Paul Verwej (NET)
09:30 – 10:00Resistance Among Candida Species: A Growing Challenge
Ruth Ashbee (UK)
10:00 – 10:10Presentation of SSMMID Best Abstracts Award
10:10 – 10:30COFFEE BREAK
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL D
(integrated symposia)
Session-VIContemporary Infection Prevention and Control
Chairpersons: Ahmed Hakawi (KSA)/Naif Alotaibi (KSA)
Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Mohammed Alahdal (KSA)/ TB (BAH)
Infections in the ICU
(Interactive Session)

Chairpersons: Awadh Alomari (KSA)/Salman Abdulaziz (UAE)
Pediatric Infections
By
SAUDI PEDIATRIC INFECTIOUS DISEASE SOCIETY
Chairpersons: Sami Alhajjar (KSA)/Salwa Alnuaimi (BAH
10:30 – 10:55Building a Culture of IPC
Safa Alkhawaja (BAH)
Update on Newly Described Immune Defects
Saleh Almuhsen (KSA)
De-escalation Approach: Safe and Effective
Tareq Almousawi (KSA)
Emerging Fungal Infections in the Gulf
Ibrahim Bin Hussain (KSA)
10:55 – 11:20Accountability in Compliance to IPC: Where We Draw the Line?
Hanan Balkhy (KSA)
Monoclonal Antibody
Therapeutics In Infectious
Diseases
Michael Mansour (USA)
Biomarkers for Infection: When Useful, When Not
Jameela Alsalman (BAH)
The Challenge of Eliminating HIV in Pediatrics
Sami Alhajjar (KSA)
11:20 – 11:45Targeted versus whole house surveillance for HCAI
Elias Tannous (UAE)
Boosting Immune Response
Maha Almozaini (KSA)
Viral Infections in the ICU
John Oxford (UK)
Approach To Fever In Infants
And Young Children
Mohammed Alshehri (KSA)
11:45 - 14:00Friday Prayer and Lunch Break
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL D
(integrated symposia)
Session-VIISafe Environment in Healthcare Facilities
Chairpersons: Dhafallah ALnakhli (KSA)/ Ayman Algammal (KSA)
Teratogenic Infections
Chairpersons: Ibrahim Bin Hussain (KSA)/ (KSA)
Transplant Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Sara Shalhoub (KSA)/ Layla ALdabal (UAE)
GCC initiatives on AMR
By GCC CENTER FOR IPC
Chairpersons: Hanan Balkhy (KSA)/ Safa Alkhawaja (BAH)
14:00 – 14:25Water Safety in Healthcare Facilities
Suliman Aljumaah (KSA)
Why We Still See Congenital Anomalies Related to Infections
Amal Almaani (OMA)
Problems With Selecting Donors: Risk of Infection
Reem Almaghrabi (KSA)
14:00 – 14:15
The GCC plan for combating AMR: moving forward
Hanan Balkhy (KSA)
14:15 – 14:30
Antimicrobial stewardship and overcoming the challenges: A success story from Bahrain
Jameela Alsalman (BAH)
14:25 – 14:50Disinfection: Do We Need New Technologies?
Basel Molaeb (KSA)
Diagnostic And Therapeutic
Approach To Teratogenic
Infection
Salwa Alnuaimi (BAH)
The Growing Threat of Non-Aspergillus Mold Infections in Transplant Recipients
Andreas Groll (GER)
14:30 – 14:45
The National AMR plan and moving forward: the Kuwaiti experience
Eiman Mokaddas (KUW)
14:45 – 15:00
A collaborative initiative and the steps forward for AMR in Saudi Arabia
Hail Al-Abdely (KSA)
14:50 – 15:15HVAC and Risk of Transmission of Respiratory Pathogens
Ahmed Hakawi (KSA)
Maternal Vaccination
Esam Albanyan (KSA)
Uncommon Viruses in Transplant Recipients
Basem Raddadi (KSA)
15:00 – 15:15
The Omani National AMR plan and sharing the experience
TBA
15:15 – 15:30COFFEE BREAK15:15 – 15:30
Whole Genome Sequencing: A biosafety and public health priority for the GCC countries
Majed Alghuraibi (KSA)
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL CHALL D
(integrated symposia)
15:30 – 16:15Satellite symposium Satellite symposium Satellite symposium Management of Sepsis
By BioMérieux
Session-VIIITreatment of Infections Beyond Antimicrobials
Chairpersons: Esam Albanyan (KSA)/ Abdulrahman Alrajhi (KSA)
Fungal Infections: The Common Ones (Interactive Session)
Chairpersons: Zakeya Bukhari (KSA)/ Ahmed Albarrag (KSA)
Neglected Infections
Chairpersons: Adel Alothman (KSA)/ TBA (BAH)
16:15 – 16:40Exploiting Bacterial Toxins
Mathew Upton (UK)
Superficial Fungal Infections of the Skin
Walid Alajroush (KSA)
Epidemiology of Neglected Infections: Why Neglected?
Mohammed Alhazmi (KSA)
15:30 – 16:00 TBA
16:00 – 16:30 TBA
16:40 – 17:05Phage Therapy
Mohammed Alahdal (KSA)
The Challenge Of Recurrent Mucosal Candidiasis
Ruth Ashbee (UK)
Mycetoma
TBA
16:30 – 17:00 TBA
17:05 – 17:30Preventing Microbial Adherence
TBA
Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis
Jaffar Altawfiq (KSA)
Neglected Infections During Wars: Middle East Perspective
Jamal Wadi (JOR)
17:00 – 17:30 TBA
DAY 4 - Saturday, 4 November 2017
TIMEHALL A
Session-IXEmerging Epidemics
Chairpersons: Ibrahim Elziq (WHO)/Ali Albarrak (KSA)
08:30 –09:00The Challenge of Communicable Diseases in the MENA Region
Rana Hajjeh (WHO)
09:00 –09:30Dengue: A Spreading Disease – Regional Perspective
Abdulhakeem ALthaqafi (KSA)
09:30 – 10:00Status on Yellow Fever, Chickungonia and Less Common Flaviviruses
Saif Alabri (OMA)
10:00 – 10:30COFFEE BREAK
TIMEHALL AHALL BHALL C
Session-XA Year Review in Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Tareq Alazraqi (KSA)/TBA (BAH)
Zoonosis
Chairpersons: Abdulhakeem Althaqafi (KSA)/ TBA (BAH)
Challenging Cases
Chairpersons: Huda Bukharie (KSA)/
Mohammed Alhazmi (KSA)
10:30– 11:00Emerging Infections
Majid Alshamrani (KSA)
Crossing Species: Jumping Microbes and Risk of Epidemics
John Oxford (UK)
Distorted Anatomy That Cannot Be Fixed
Suad Almukhaini (OMA)
11:00 – 11:30Diagnostic Techniques
Eiman Mokaddas (KUW)
Brucella: Past, Present and Future
Adel Alothman (KSA)
Pan-resistant Bacteria in the Blood
Abeer Alshukairi (KSA)
11:30– 12:00ID Therapeutics
Mona Almaslamani (QAT)
Uncommon Zoonotic Diseases
Nisreen ALsherbeeni (KSA)
Just Difficult!
Laila Aldabal (UAE)
End of Congress

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