National Institute for Communicable Diseases
Centre for Respiratory Diseases and Meningitis
I work for a public health institute with a focus on respiratory and meningitis-causing pathogens (bacterial and viral). I have a backgound in laboratory/medical science which includes testing of clinical samples for surveillance, diagnosis and outbreak response. I have experience in molecular diagnostics and pathogen characterization using a variety of molecular methods including PCR and sequencing. I am involved in accreditation and quality management, technical training of laboratory staff and postgraduate supervision of MSc and PhD students. We are the reference centre for laboratory-based surveillance for S. pneumoniae, N. meningitidis, H. influenzae, and group A and group B streptococcus in South Africa. We also serve as a regional reference laboratory for WHO-AFRO for bacterial pediatric meningitis surveillance.

Moderator Of 3 Sessions

Session Type
Off-site Pre-Symposium Workshop
Date
Sun, 19.06.2022
Session Time
09:00 - 16:00
Room
Michener Institute - 1308B
Session Description
Please note: All ISPPD-12 Workshops are highly interactive and designed to allow at least 25% active learning for the maximum registrants anticipated.

Meet-the-Expert Session 01: Genomics in Public Health: When and How to Use Next-Generation Sequencing

Session Type
Meet-the-Expert Session
Date
Mon, 20.06.2022
Session Time
14:00 - 15:00
Room
Grand Ballroom East
Session Description
During this session we plan to discuss 3 main themes, namely:
1. Understand how public health agencies have been adopting pathogen genomics to improve outbreak, surveillance and research efforts;
2. Identify the value and challenges of incorporating next-generation sequencing into sample processing;
3. Discuss quality management and steps towards accreditation when using genomic data;
At the end of the session, attendees should be able to go away with ideas to set-up or improve their current systems. They should also have established some contacts/networks for onging assistance or collaboration (if needed).

Please note: All MTE sessions are designed to encourage active learning and to concentrate on close interaction between audience and speakers. The MTE session organisers have provided at least 15 minutes for active discussions in their agenda.
Session Type
Parallel Session
Date
Tue, 21.06.2022
Session Time
14:50 - 16:20
Room
Birchwood Ballroom
Session Description
Please note: Each presentation is followed by about 3 minutes of Q&A. The audience is encouraged to send questions to the speakers from the beginning of their presentations. Q&A time is included in each speaker’s presentation duration, accounting for at least 25% active learning for the maximum registrants anticipated.

Presenter Of 1 Presentation

Lab – qPCR (ID 918)

Session Type
Off-site Pre-Symposium Workshop
Date
Sun, 19.06.2022
Session Time
09:00 - 16:00
Room
Michener Institute - 1308B
Lecture Time
10:30 - 12:00