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What's Hot in Infectious Diseases

Important updates, emerging trends and breaking news in Infectious Diseases within the past year, and notable presentations by national and international experts in the field are posted below with author permission.

Fever in the Returned Traveler - Management Approach

Dr. Laurenna Peters, Consultant in Infectious Diseases at Burnaby Hospital, BC and an expert in International and Tropical Medicine with extensive volunteer experience in Asia, Africa, Central and South America, gave this excellent talk at the annual Fraser Health Infectious Disease Symposium on October 15, 2016 at the Surrey Memorial Hospital. Download PDF here.

Management of Hepatitis C as a Social Disease - the Public Health Perspective

Dr. Mark Tyndall, Executive Medical Director of the BC Centre for Disease Control, offered a convincing argument for the urgent need to manage hepatitis C infection as a social disease as well as medical illness in order to curb the current epidemic. He presented this topic at a Fellows' Evening lecture on June 9, 2016 in Vancouver, BC. Download PDF here.

What's Hot in Adult & Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Diagnostic Microbiology (2016)

These plenary talks were presented at the 2016 AMMI Canada/CACMID Annual Conference in Vancouver, BC, during Mar 30-Apr 2, 2016:

What's Hot in 2016

   • What's Hot in Adult Infectious Disease? (Dr. Victor Leung, University of British Columbia)
   • What's Hot in Paediatric Infectious Disease? (Dr. Soren Gantt, University of British Columbia)
   • What's Hot in Diagnostic Microbiology? (Dr. Deirdre Church, University of Calgary)

 

AMMI Canada - CACMID Special Lecture

   • Next Generation Sequencing for the Diagnosis of Infections (Dr. Charles Chiu, University of California at San Francisco)

 

2016 CFID State of the Art Clinical Lecture

   • Tuberculosis in Canada: from Sea to Sea to Sea ... (Dr. Marcel Behr, McGill University)

 

Non-HIV Immunodeficiency

   • Primary Immune Deficiencies from an Infectious Diseases Perspective (Dr. Sarah Forgie, University of Alberta)
   • Infections in the Setting of Immunosuppressive Therapy (Dr. Alissa Wright, University of British Columbia)
   • Laboratory Diagnosis of Immune Defects: Tailoring Immunological Tests to Infectious Disease Syndromes (Dr. Donald Vinh, McGill University)

 

Global Health

   • A World of Microbes at our Doorstep (Dr. Matthew Gilmour, National Microbiology Laboratory)
   • Keeping Microbes at our Doorstep (Dr. Mark Loeb, McMaster University)
   • Diagnostic Arsenal for Emerging Infectious Diseases (Dr. Niaz Banaei, Stanford University)

 

Integrated Symposium - Clostridium Difficile Infections

   • Challenging Cases of C. difficile Infections: Is FMT the Answer? (Dr. Ted Steiner, University of British Columbia)


What's Hot in Infectious Diseases in 2015

 - according to Dr. John G. Bartlett, Professor Emeritus, Division of Infectious Diseases, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD Download presentation

 

Nucleic Acid Test Applications in Infectious Disease: Past, Present, and Future (2015)

Dr. Agatha Jassem, Senior Scientist at BCCDC Public Health Microbiology & Reference Laboratory, and Clinical Instructor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of British Columbia, presented this topic at BCCDC Grand Rounds on October 13, 2015, in Vancouver, BC. Download PDF here or View her presentation here.

Anaerobic Infections of the Abdomen - Are anaerobes now multi-drug-resistant? (2015)

Dr. Ellie J.C. Goldstein, Professor, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Director, R.M. Alden Research Laboratory, presented this topic to the Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia on June 3, 2015, in Vancouver, BC. Download PDF here.

What's Hot in Adult & Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Diagnostic Microbiology (2015)

These plenary talks were presented at the 2015 AMMI Canada/CACMID Annual Conference in Charlottetown, PEI, during April 16-18, 2015:

Difficult to Treat Organisms: the CDC Big Three

   • Epidemiology and Prevention (Dr. Mark Joffe, University of Alberta)
   • Challenges from the Laboratory Perspective (Dr. Todd Hatchette, Dalhousie University)
   • New Antimicrobial Pipelines (Dr. Gerald Evans, Queen's University)

 

Trends and Challenges in Invasive Fungal Infections

   • Spectrum of Invasive Fungal Infections in Canada (Dr. Shariq Haider, McMaster University)
   • Diagnostics, Somthing Old, Something New ... (Dr. Donald Vinh, McGill University)
   • New Directions in Therapy (Dr. Coleman Rothstein, University of Toronto)

 

Treatment for HCV in 2015

   • Dogma: HCV Treatment for Eradication (Dr. Lisa Barrett, Dalhousie University)
   • Treatment Guideline Update: A Case-based Approach (Dr. Stephen Shafran, University of Alberta)
   • Unmet Medical Needs in HCV Genotype 3 (Dr. Karen Doucette, University of Alberta)
   • Pay Now or Pay Later? (Dr. Daniel Smyth, Dalhousie University)

 

State of the Art Clinical Lectures - 2015

   • Strategies Addressing Vaccine Hesitancy (Dr. Noni MacDonald, Dalhousie University)
   • Laboratory Test Utilization in Microbiology (Dr. Christopher Naugler, University of Calgary)

 

AMMI-Canada/CACMID Special Lecture - 2015

   • Ebola Epidemic: Lessons Learned from the Frontline Clinical Response (Dr. Adrienne Chan, University of Toronto)

 

Challenges and Opportunities in the Treatment and Prevention of Serious Bacterial Infections

       • MRSA and VRE (Dr. Andrew Simor, University of Toronto)
       • Multi-drug Resistant Gram-negatives (Dr. Susan Poutanen, University of Toronto)
       • Clostridium difficile (Dr. Christine Lee, McMaster University)

     

    Device-Associated Infections

       • What's New in the Diagnosis of Device-Associated Infections (Dr. Robin Patel, Mayo Clinic)
       • Medical & Surgical Treatment Options (Dr. Stuart Rosser, University of Alberta)
       • Prevention Strategies for Device-Related Infections (Dr. John Conly, University of Calgary)

     

    Is It Time to Replace Vancomycin for Serious MRSA Infections?

       • Treatment Options for Serious MRSA Infections (Dr. Andrew Simor, University of Toronto)
       • Is It Time to Replace Vancomycin? (Dr. Daniel Thirion, Universitè de Montrèal)

    Ebola: Nor Touch Am - Reflections on public health and private experiences in an Ebola outbreak in Africa (2015)

    Dr. Michael Rekart, Emeritus Clinical Professor of the UBC School of Population and Public Health presented a fascinating account of his recent experiences combating the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone at the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) Grand Rounds on February 17, 2015, in Vancouver, BC. Download PDF here.



    Emerging Infectious Disease Threats and the ID Physicians in Asia

    Dr. Nelson Lee, Professor & Head of Infectious Diseases in the Department of Medicine & Therapeutics and Stanley Ho Center of Emerging Infectious Diseases at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, gave a fascinating account of the historical and current developments in the detection and control of emerging infectious disease threats in Hong Kong at the UBC Division of Infectious Diseases Intercity Rounds on June 26, 2014 in Vancouver, BC. - download his presentation.


    Return of the Great Pretender: Syphilis in 2014

    Dr. Melanie Murray MD/PhD, Assistant Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases at UBC, reviewed this topic and the alarming increase in the prevalance rate of syphilis within BC in recent years at Medical Grand Rounds in Vancouver on May 22, 2014. Download her Presentation.

    What's Hot in Adult & Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Infection Control and Diagnostic Microbiology (2014)

    These plenary talks were presented at the 2014 AMMI Canada/CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC during April 3-5, 2014:

    • Dr. Neil Rau (Oakville, ON) - What's Hot in Adult Infectious Diseases? Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Joan Robinson (Edmonton, AB) - What's Hot in Paediatric Infectious Diseases? Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Edith Blondel-Hill (Kelowna, BC) - What's Hot in Medical Microbiology? Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Titus Wong (Vancouver, BC) - What's Hot in Infection Control? Download PDF here.

    CFID State of the Art Lecture - Microbe-managing: Manipulating the Human Gut Microbial Ecosystem to Enhance Health

    Dr. Emma Allen-Vercoe (Guelph, ON) discussed this fascinating topic at the recent AMMI-Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC on April 5, 2014. Download presentation.

    Controlling Antibiotic Resistance in the Hospital Setting - Is Mandatory Screening Imperative?

    Drs. Allison McGeer (Toronto, ON) and Elizabeth Bryce (Vancouver, BC) debated the pros and cons of mandatory screening and transmission control for antibiotic resistant organisms in the hospital setting in a State of the Art presentation at the recent AMMI-Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC on April 4, 2014. Download presentation.

    AMMI Canada - CACMID Special Lecture: The Impact of Climate and Environmental Changes on Infectious Diseases

    Dr. David Fisman (Toronto, ON) summarized the implications of changing weather patterns and extreme environmental events for infectious disease epidemiology globally and in Canada. He provided evidence linking transmission of vector-borne diseases (including Lyme disease and West Nile virus infection) as well as certain enteric diseases to extreme weather and climatic changes in the Canadian context. This special lecture was presented at the recent AMMI-Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC on April 3, 2014. Download presentation.

    State-of-the-Art Clinical Lecture: MERS-CoV Close-up

    Dr. Allison McGeer, Professor in the Departments of Laboratory Medicine & Pathobiology and Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto, and Director of Infection Control, Mount Sinai Hospital, discussed the epidemiology, clinical presentation, diagnosis and management as well as hospital outbreaks and infection control issues of this important topic at the recent AMMI-Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC on April 3, 2014. Download presentation.

    Networking: Aligning Objectives and Strategies in Responding to Emerging Infectious Diseases

    Dr. Theodore Kuschak, Director of Networks and Resilience Development, National Microbiology Laboratory, Public Health Agency of Canada (Winnipeg, MB), discussed the importance of national and international networking in responding to Public Health Emergency concerns in a Plenary Symposium on Emerging Infections at the recent AMMI-Canada /CACMID Annual Conference in Victoria, BC on April 4, 2014. Download presentation.


    Carbapenamase Producing Organisms: How BC Fairs Amidst Global Emergence?

    Dr. Linda Hoang, Head of the Public Health Advanced Bacteriology and Mycology Program at the BC Centre for Disease Control, discussed this important topic at the BCCDC Grand Rounds in Vancouver on January 28, 2014. Download her Presentation.



    Canada Gairdner Global Health Lecture (2013)

    Dr. King K. Holmes, recipient of the 2013 Canada Giardner Global Health Award, discussed "Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI): Major Progress, Current Challenges and Future Opportunities" in Vancouver on October 31, 2013. Download his Presentation.

    What's Hot in Infectious Diseases and Diagnostic Microbiology (2013)

    These plenary talks were presented at the 2013 AMMI Canada/CACMID Annual Conference in Quebec City during April 4-6, 2013:

    • Dr. Caroline Quach (Montreal, QC) - What's Hot in Paediatric Infectious Diseases. Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Gerald Evans (Kingston, ON) - What's Hot in Adult Infectious Diseases. Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Susan Poutanen (Toronto, ON) - What's Hot in Diagnostic Microbiology. Download PDF here.

    Integrated Symposium on Clostridium difficile Infection (CDI)

    These State of the Art talks were presented at the 2013 AMMI Canada/CACMID Annual Conference in Quebec City during April 4-6, 2013:

    • Dr. Vivian Loo (Montreal, QC) - Epidemiology and burden of CDI, including risk factors for recurrence. Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Tom Louie (Calgary, AB) - Impact of CDI treatment on intestinal microbiome. Download PDF here.
    • Dr. George G. Zhanel (Winnipeg, MB) - Current challenges in the treatment of CDI. Download PDF here.
    • 2013 APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) Guideline for preventing C. diffile infections Download PDF here.

    University of British Columbia Infectious Diseases Symposium

    These State of the Art talks were presented on May 25, 2013 in Vancouver, BC:

    • Dr. Stephen D. Shafran (University of Alberta) - Meeting the Current and Future Challenges of HCV. Download PDF here.
    • Dr. George G. Zhanel (University of Manitoba) - Antimicrobial Stewardship: Why, When, Where and How? Download PDF here.
    • Dr. Jean-Pierre Routy (McGill University) - Integrase Inhibitors and the Inflammatory Process. Download PDF here.


    Antimicrobial Stewardship: Opportunities and Challenges

    This excellent talk was presented by Dr. David P. Nicolau to the Intercity Rounds of the UBC Division of Infectious Diseases in Vancouver on October 4, 2012. Dr. Nicolau is Director of Center for Anti-infective Research & Development, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT.
    Download Dr. Nicolau's powerpoint presentation here.

    What's Hot in Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine (2012)

    These plenary talks were presented at the 2012 AMMI Canada/CACMID Annual Conference in Vancouver during May 3-5, 2012

    • Dr. Tobi Kollman - What's hot in Paediatric ID. Download powerpoint presentation here.
    • Dr. Ted Steiner - What's hot in Adult ID. Download powerpoint presentation here.
    • Dr. Jay Keystone - What's hot in Tropical Medicine. Download powerpoint presentation here.
    • Dr. David Patrick - What works in Antibiotic Stewardship? Download powerpoint presentation here.

     

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