Scientific Program

DAY 1 - Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Pre-congress Symposia/Workshops
12:00 – 17:00REGISTRATION
13:00 – 14:30Workshop 1
Conjugate Vaccine:
From Clinical Outcome
To Public Health Impact

Workshop 2
Workshop 3
laboratory Standards

Chairpersons:Haya Altawalah (KUW) & Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)
Workshop 4
13:00 – 13:3013:00 - 13:40
Public health impact
of Pneumococcal
conjugate vaccines
Hossam Al-Tatari (UAE)
Synflorix Updates
Lamine Soumahoro (BEL)
How Viral Load Assay Performance Translates into Clinical Outcome (Part 1)
Sten Westgard (USA)
New Innovations in The Fight to End TB
Inis Hormann (GER)
Ahmed Madian (EGY)
13:30 – 14:0013:40 - 14:10
Pneumococcal conjugate vaccines in Adolescence and Adults: Facts and Evidence of Prevention Esam Albanyan (KSA)
PCV Local Health Economics
Saeed Noibi (UK)
14:00 – 14:3014:10 – 14:30
Panel Discussion
PCV Surveillance
Global Experience
Lamine Soumahoro (BEL)
How Viral Load Assay Performance Translates into Clinical Outcome (Part 2)
Sten Westgard (USA)
14:30 – 15:00Coffee Break
15:00 – 16:30Workshop 5
Infection Prevention and Control
Chairperson:Ahmed Mohammed Hakawi (KSA)
Workshop 6
Research Made Easy
Chairperson: Ali S. Omrani (KSA)
Workshop 3
Microbiology laboratory Standards
Chairpersons: Haya Altawalah (KUW) & Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)
Workshop 7
Basic Immunology
Chairpersons: Michael Mansour (USA)
Workshop 8
Basic Clinical Microbiology
Chairpersons: Sahar Althawadi (KSA) & Nermin Kamal Saeed (BAH)
15:00 – 15:30Risk Assessment In Infection Control: Practical Points To Go
Bassel Molaeb (KSA)
Research Question, PubMed and Endnote
Reem Almaghrabi (KSA)
15:00 - 15:45
External Quality Assurance (EQA):Features, Advantages and Benefitsfor Best Molecular and Microbiology Laboratory Practices
Elizabeth Fagan (UK) & Sanjiv Rughooputh (UK)
Introduction and Innate Immunity
Michael Mansour(USA)
Point of care testing in Microbiology
Nermin Kamal Saeed (BAH)
15:30 – 16:00Products Evaluation: What to Buy and How?
Maha Al-Alawi (KSA)
Interventional Studies
Basem M Alraddadi (KSA)
Rapid diagnostics for tuberculosis and respiratory infections
Sahar Althawadi (KSA)
16:00 – 16:30From policy to practice: a guide for implementation
Majid Alshamrani (KSA)
Observational Studies
Reem Almaghrabi (KSA)
15:45 – 16:30
Test Assurance- The Importance of IQC and EQA Method Validation & Verification-Underpinning The Quality of Testing Ben Courtney (UK)
Bridge to Long-lasting Responses
Michael Mansour (USA)
Automation in Microbiology
Maysoon Mutabagani (KSA)
16:30 – 17:00Coffee Break
17:00 – 18:30Workshop 5
Infection Prevention and Control
Chairperson:Ahmad Hakawi (KSA)
Workshop 6
Research Made Easy
Chairpersons: Ali Omrani (KSA)
Workshop 3
Microbiology laboratory Standards
Chairpersons: Haya Altawalah (KUW)& Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)
Workshop 7
Basic Immunology
Chairpersons: Michael Mansour (USA)
Workshop 9
Antimicrobial Pharmacy
Chairperson: Abdullah Almohaizeie (KSA)
17:00 - 17:30Stakeholders In Focus: How To Get Infection Control In Top Of C-Suite Agenda?
Hanan Balkhy (KSA)
Bias and Confounding
Basem M Alraddadi (KSA)
Effective Handling of External Quality (EQA) Assurance Samples for Better Results- Bacteriology & Virology
Elizabeth Fagan (UK) & Sanjiv Rughooputh (UK)
Adaptive Effector Populations
Michael Mansour (USA)
Regulations for antimicrobial approval and prescribing
Abdullah Almohaizeie(KSA)
17:30 - 18:00Root Cause Analysis In Infection Control: How To Add Quality To Infection Control
Elias Tannous (UAE)
Statistics Made Simple
Ali S. Omrani (KSA)
Outpatient Prescribing and Antimicrobial Resistance
Hiba Alruwaisan (KSA)
18:00 - 18:30Pharmacodynamics/kinetics considerations in antimicrobial prescribing
Maria Fernanda Bonilla (UAE)
DAY 2 - Thursday 2 November 2017
07:30 – 08:00Registration
Session-IAntimicrobial Pipelines
Chairpersons: Huda Bukharie (KSA)/Manaf Alqahtani (BAH)
08:00 –08:30Will Antibiotics Work in the Future?
Fred Carron 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 S. Omrani (KSA)
09:30 – 10:15Opening Ceremony
10:15 – 11:00Posters Viewing & Coffee Break
(Integrated Symposia)
Chairpersons: Sami Alhajjar (KSA)/ Safaa
Abdul Aziz AlKhawaja (BAH)
Public Health and

Chairpersons: Amal Al Maani (OMA)/ Adel Al Sayyad (BAH)
Advances in Microbiology
Chairpersons: Eiman Mukaddas (KUW)/ Ali Somily (KSA)
Sepsis Symposium
Chairpersons: Salman Abdulaziz (UAE)/ Awadh Alomari (KSA)
11:00 – 11:25HIV in the MENA Region
Kamal Marhoum El Filali (MRC)
Eradication Goals: Why Not Achieved
Thomas Cherian (WHO)
Molecular Diagnosis of
Antimicrobial Resistance
Fred Carron 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
Jaleela Sayed Jawad (BAH)
Mussab Al Saleh (KUW)
The New Tool of Digital PCR
Amro Kabbara (LEB)
WHO Call: Sepsis, A Global
Health Priority
Vida Hamilton (IRL)
11:50 – 12:15The Future Of Antiretroviral
Emilio Fumero (SPA)
Preparedness Plans For Disaster From Infectious Agents: Gulf Situation
Ali Al Barrak (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
Resistance in HIV management
Emilio Fumero (SPA)
Satellite Symposium - Pfizer
Burden of Invasive Meningococcal disease and the evolving vaccination strategies for prevention
Chair: Abdulhakeem Althaqafi (KSA)
Speaker: Jessica Presa (USA)
13:00– 14:00Lunch Break
(Nursing Symposium)
Session-IIIAntimicrobial Resistance: Epidemiology
Chairpersons: Suliman Al-Obeid (KSA)/ Mussab Al Saleh (KUW)
Infections in Primary Health Care (Interactive Session)
Chairpersons: Zakeya Bukhary (KSA) / Wasl Al Adsani (KSA)
Oral Presentations A
Chairpersons: Wadha Alfouzan (KUW)/ Mushira Enani (KSA)
Nursing and Infection Control
Chairpersons: Marianne Kemmer (NET)/ Fatima Khalil (BAH)
14:00 – 14:25MDR Gram Negative: The World
Giuseppe Cornaglia (ITA)
Point of Care Testing for Upper and Lower Respiratory Tract Infections
Sameera Al Johani (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
Haysam 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 Al Adsani (KUW)
15:00 - 15:15
Multi-Resistant Candida auris is Susceptible to Taurolidine
Bruce Reidenberg
Trends in Environmental Hygiene
Stephen Dalton (NET)
15:15 – 15:30Coffee Break
(integrated symposia)
15:30 – 16:15Satellite Symposium - BioMérieux
The Impact of Rapid Diagnostics on Epidemiological Therapeutic Challenges
Christine Ginocchio (USA)
Satellite Symposium - Pfizer
Role of Expanded Coverage of Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccines in Leveraging Value of Vaccination
Chair: Adel Al Sayyad (BAH)
Speaker: Hossam Al-Tatari (UAE)
Satellite Symposium - MSD
Current challenges in the management of Gram negative infections
Speaker: Jameela Al Salman (BAH)
Satellite Symposium
Session-IVAntimicrobial Resistance: Combating the Threat
Chairpersons: Mogbil Al Hedaithy (KSA) / Reem Al Jindan (KSA)
History of Major Achievements in Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Awadh Al-Anazi (KSA)/ Nermin Kamal Saeed (BAH)
Oral Presentations B
Chairpersons: Safaa AbdulAziz AlKhawaja (Bahrain)/ Sahar Althawadi (KSA)
Nursing and Infection Control
Chairpersons: Marianne Kemmer (NET)/ Fatima Khalil (BAH)
16:15 – 16:40Animal Role in AMR
Awa Aidara-Kane (WHO)
The Discovery of Antimicrobials
Giuseppe Cornaglia (ITA)
16:15 - 16:30
HIV viral suppression in Oman: Encouraging progress towards achieving 90% UNAIDS target
Ali Elgalib
IPC and Hand Hygiene, a new perspective for the Region and worldwide perspectives
Natacha Farquet (SWZ)
16:40 – 17:05Antibiotic Stewardship: Not a Smooth Sail
Rania Lababedi (UAE)
Nucleic Acid Test Applications in Infectious Diseases
Tim Wreghitt (UK)
16:30 - 16:45
Psychiatric Disorders Observed in HIV+ Patients Using 6 Common 3rd Agents in the Observational Pharmaco-Epidemiology Research and Analysis (OPERA) database
Vani Vannappagari
Panel Discussion and Q&A
All Speakers
16:45 - 17:00
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 S. Omrani (KSA)
Thomas Cherian (WHO)
17:00 – 17:15
The Role of enterovirus in Type 1 diabetes
Abdulaziz Alhazmi
17:15 – 17:30
Colistin Resistance Gene mcr-1 Harboured on an IncHI2 Multidrug-Resistance Plasmid in E. coli ST131 O25:H4-fimH22 clone
Majed Alghoribi
17:30 – 18:00Coffee Break
18:00-18:45Keynote Lecture
Chairpersons: Hail Al-Abdely (KSA)
Innovative Antimicrobial Discovery Techniques
Jon Sayers (UK)
DAY 3 - Friday, 3 November 2017
Session-VESCMID Symposium “Infections in the Immunocompromised”
Chairpersons: Hail Al-Abdely (KSA)/Jameela Alsalman (BAH)
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 E. Verweij (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
(integrated symposia)
Session-VIContemporary Infection Prevention and Control
Chairpersons: Ahmed Hakawi (KSA)/Naif Alotaibi (KSA)
Immunology and Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Mohammed Al Ahdal (KSA) Manaf Alqahtani (BAH)
Infections in the ICU
(Interactive Session)

Chairpersons: Ali Alrabaan (KSA)/ Salman Abdulaziz (UAE)
Pediatric Infections
Chairpersons: Sami Al Hajjar (KSA) / Salwa Al Noaimi (BAH)
10:30 – 10:55Building a Culture of IPC
Safaa Abdul Aziz AlKhawaja (BAH)
From infectious diseases to inborn immune defects: a paradigm shift
Saleh Almuhsen (KSA)
De-escalation Approach: Safe and Effective
Tareq Almusawi (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
Michael Mansour (USA)
Biomarkers for Infection: When Useful, When Not
Jameela Alsalman (BAH)
The Challenge of Eliminating HIV in Pediatrics
Sami Al Hajjar (KSA)
11:20 – 11:45Targeted versus whole house surveillance for HCAI
Elias Tannous (UAE)
Boosting Immune Response
Maha Al Mozaini (KSA)
Viral Infections in the ICU
Awadh Al Omari (KSA)
Approach To Fever In Infants
And Young Children
Mohammed Al Shehri (KSA)
11:45 - 14:00Friday Prayer and Lunch Break
(integrated symposia)
Session-VIISafe Environment in Healthcare Facilities
Chairpersons: Dhafallah Alnakhli (KSA) / Maha Al-Alawi (KSA)
Teratogenic Infections
Chairpersons: Ibrahim Zaid Bin-Hussain (KSA)/Jaleela Sayed Jawad (BAH)
Transplant Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Michael Mansour (USA)/ Layla Al Dabal (UAE)
GCC initiatives on AMR
Chairpersons: Hanan Balkhy (KSA)/ Rana Hajjeh (WHO)
14:00 – 14:25Water Safety in Healthcare Facilities
Suliman Al Jumaah (KSA)
Why We Still See Congenital Anomalies Related to Infections
Amal Al Maani (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
Salwa Al Noaimi (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
Seif Al Abri (OMA)
15:15 – 15:30COFFEE BREAK15:15 – 15:30
Whole Genome Sequencing: A biosafety and public health priority for the GCC countries
Majed Alghoribi (KSA)
(integrated symposia)
15:30 – 16:15Satellite Symposium
Clinical Utility of Molecular Testing in health acquired infections
Speaker: Ali Alrabaan (KSA)
Management of Sepsis - BioMérieux

Session-VIIITreatment of Infections Beyond Antimicrobials
Chairpersons: Esam Albanyan (KSA)/ Abdulrahman Alrajhi (KSA)
Fungal Infections: The Common Ones (Interactive Session)
Chairpersons: Kasim Aradati (BAH) / Ahmed Albarrag (KSA)
Neglected Infections
Chairpersons: Adel Alothman (KSA)/ Nisreen Sherbeeni (KSA)
15:30 – 15:40
Welcome Remarks
Christine Ginocchio (USA)
15:40 – 16:10
PCT and the Early Detection of Sepsis
Eiman Mokaddas (Kuwait)
16:15 – 16:40Exploiting Bacterial Toxins
Mathew Upton (UK)
Superficial Fungal Infections of the Skin
Waleed Al Ajroush (KSA)
Epidemiology of Neglected Infections: Why Neglected?
Mohammed Al Hazmi (KSA)
16:10 – 16:40
Testing for Sepsis- Blood Cultures
Marcelo Cloës (France)
16:40 – 17:05Phage Therapy
Mohammed Al Ahdal (KSA)
The Challenge Of Recurrent Mucosal Candidiasis
Ruth Ashbee (UK)
Hail Al-Abdely (KSA)
16:40 – 17:10
New Approaches to Sepsis
Christine Ginocchio (USA)
17:05 – 17:30Preventing Microbial Adherence
Edet E Udo (KUW)
Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis
Jaffar Al Tawfiq (KSA)
Neglected Infections During Wars: Middle East Perspective
Jamal Wadi Al-Ramahi (JOR)
17:10 – 17:30
Turn Back the Clock – Case Presentation
Christine Ginocchio (USA)
DAY 4 - Saturday, 4 November 2017
Session-IXEmerging Epidemics
Chairpersons: Ibrahim Elziq (WHO)/Ali Al Barrak (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 Al Thaqafi (KSA)
09:30 – 10:00Status on Yellow Fever, Chickungonia and Less Common Flaviviruses
Seif Al Abri (OMA)
10:00 – 10:30COFFEE BREAK
Session-XA Year Review in Infectious Diseases
Chairpersons: Tarik Alazraqi (KSA)/Kawthar Alomran (KSA)
Chairpersons: Abdulhakeem Al Thaqafi (KSA)/ Sarah Alwarthan (KSA)
Challenging Cases
Chairpersons: Huda Bukharie (KSA)/
Mohammed Al Hazmi (KSA)
10:30– 11:00Emerging Infections
Majid Alshamrani (KSA)
Crossing Species: Jumping Microbes and Risk of Epidemics
Sayeh Ezzikouri (MRC)
Immunocompromised with Difficult Infection.
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 Nizar Alshukairi (KSA)
11:30– 12:00ID Therapeutics
Wafa Alnasser (KSA)
Uncommon Zoonotic Diseases
Nisreen Sherbeeni (KSA)
Just Difficult!
Layla Mohamed Al-Dabal (UAE)
End of Congress

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