The International Society for Infectious Diseases Named Winner of 2022 Amazon Web Services IMAGINE Grant for Nonprofits

Press Release: The International Society for Infectious Diseases will work with Amazon’s cloud computing arm to modernize its global infectious disease surveillance platform, the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases, better known worldwide as “ProMED,” which will improve its ability to find and alert the world to public health threats.

Brookline, Massachusetts (November 29th, 2022) — The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) today announced it has been selected as a winner of the 2022 Amazon Web Services (AWS) IMAGINE Grant, a public grant opportunity open to registered 501(c) nonprofit organizations in the United States who are using technology to solve the world’s most pressing challenges. The grant will support ISID’s efforts to incorporate Artificial Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning (ML), and Natural Language Processing (NLP) into the workflow of its flagship program, ProMED.

Now in its fifth year, the AWS IMAGINE Grant program provides vital resources to nonprofit organizations looking to deploy cloud technology as a central tool to achieve mission goals. As part of the program, AWS seeks proposals for big ideas on how to leverage technology in new and innovative ways to accelerate impact in local and global communities.

ProMED has been delivering infectious disease alerts to email subscribers’ inboxes on a daily basis for 28 years. In 1994 a group of infectious disease doctors came together and wondered if they could harness the power of the internet to create a global network of subject matter experts (SMEs). ProMED was born out of that initial discussion and became one of the earliest global surveillance systems using informal information sources to find and alert the world to pandemic threats. ProMED has an impressive history of being the first to alert the world to many of the 21st century’s most well known outbreaks, including Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003, Chikungunya in 2005, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) in 2012, and COVID-19 in 2019.

ProMED consists of 40 SMEs who sit in 28 different countries. The SMEs not only look for emerging outbreaks, but provide review and commentary on every post. This human-curation of media, news reports, and informal sources of information is unique to ProMED and is why ProMED’s posts are daily required reading for clinicians, public health officials, and policy makers, as well as for government and industry concerns including travel, tourism, petroleum, defense, agriculture, and pharmaceuticals. In the fall of 2021, ISID undertook the first step of the vision for ProMED’s next 28 years: migrating all of ProMED’s data and infrastructure over to its own AWS environment.

Now that everything resides on AWS, ProMED can incorporate AWS services like AI and ML to decrease the amount of time SMEs spend manually searching for potentially relevant outbreak information. As inbound data are often full text extractions, the NLP will be trained to extract key features, allowing the SMEs to focus on the quality of the report and simply confirm the NLP results. The combination of these technologies will significantly reduce the amount of time from signal detection to publication of information across the ProMED platform – a critical factor to containing threats and reducing harm.

ISID was named a winner in the Go Further, Faster category which recognizes highly innovative projects using advanced cloud services. ISID will receive $50,000 in unrestricted funding and $10,000 in AWS Computing Credits, and engagement with AWS technical specialists. Proposals were judged on several factors including the innovative and unique nature of the project, impact on mission-critical goals, and clearly defined outcomes and milestones.

“ISID is excited to be the recipient of the AWS IMAGINE grant as this not only recognizes ProMED’s leadership in this space, but jumpstarts our three year strategic plan for the next phase of development for ProMED,” said Linda MacKinnon, CEO of ISID. “We are grateful to AWS for this investment in ProMED and look forward to using AWS product offerings to continue alerting the world to pandemic threats.”

Since the launch of the IMAGINE Grant program in 2018, AWS has awarded over $6M in unrestricted funds, AWS Computing Credits, and AWS training support to 66 nonprofit organizations in support of their technology-driven goals. Previous winners are currently using AWS services to tackle critical challenges such as eliminating barriers to food security, improving maternal health outcomes, helping millions access clean and safe drinking water globally, tackling rare disease research, and more.

“At AWS, we are inspired and encouraged by the nonprofit sector’s commitment to address society’s biggest challenges. Each of our IMAGINE Grant winners is taking innovative approaches to scale their mission impact with technology,” said Allyson Fryhoff, managing director of nonprofit and nonprofit health at AWS. “We’re excited to dive deep with these organizations to help them leverage cloud technology to advance their transformative work that is benefiting communities worldwide.”

Tens of thousands of nonprofit organizations worldwide use AWS to increase their impact and advance mission goals. Through multiple programs tailored specifically to the nonprofit community, AWS can enable nonprofits of all sizes to overcome barriers to technology adoption, while enhancing the scale, performance, and capabilities of mission operations.

For more information on the AWS IMAGINE Grant, visit aws.amazon.com/imagine-grant. 

About the International Society for Infectious Diseases

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) is dedicated to developing partnerships through advocacy, education, and delivering solutions to the problems of infectious diseases around the globe. For decades, ISID has encouraged collaborative efforts between human, veterinary, and environmental health communities to best detect, manage, and prevent infectious disease spread. ISID has a particular focus on resource limited countries that disproportionately bear the burden of infectious diseases. ISID is the premier organization convening yearly international conferences on cutting-edge science and community in the field of infectious diseases within a One Health context.

About the Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED)

The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases (ProMED) is a program of the International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID). ProMED was launched in 1994 as an Internet service to identify unusual health events related to emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases and toxins affecting humans, animals and plants. ProMED is the largest publicly-available system conducting global reporting of infectious disease outbreaks. It is an essential source of information used daily by international public health leaders, government officials, physicians, veterinarians, researchers, private companies, journalists and the general public, providing timely reporting of important emerging pathogens and their vectors using a One Health approach. Reports are produced and commentary provided by a multidisciplinary global team of subject matter expert Moderators in a variety of fields including virology, parasitology, epidemiology, entomology, veterinary and plant diseases. ProMED has subscribers in almost every country in the world.

Members of the ProMED team sit in more than 30 countries and are constantly scanning for, reviewing, and posting information related to global health security. Over the last 28 years, ProMED has been the first to report on numerous major and minor disease outbreaks and biothreats including SARS, Chikungunya, the early spread of Ebola and Zika, MERS, COVID-19 and many others. ProMED is an important and longstanding contributor to the global emerging and re-emerging infectious disease surveillance landscape.

Support ProMED – Contribute to a Special Fund

In August, we celebrated the start of ProMED’s 28th year of operations. Today we are launching an ambitious fundraising campaign to ensure ProMED has another 28 years ahead of it. Our goal is to raise US $1 million by the end of 2022 from you, our ProMED users, subscribers, and community.

We are asking our colleagues and data consumers for your financial support to keep ProMED going as this year isn’t like any other year. With multiple pandemics still ongoing and public health resources overwhelmed globally, funding for non-traditional, innovative  disease surveillance platforms is not a priority for governments or traditional donors. ProMED is in critical need of financial support.

Did you know:

  • ProMED costs over US 1.5 million per year just to keep the lights on.

  • 96% of ProMED subscribers say they look at ProMED regularly.

  • 99% or ProMED subscribers say they would miss ProMED if it stopped; 61% say they would miss it “a great deal.”

  • It costs $24,000 per year just to send ProMED subscribers the emails they sign up for.

Fewer than .01% of ProMED subscribers contribute funds to support ProMED.

As we grapple with the true cost of information technology, inflation, increased demand for more data on posts and novel diseases, and support for our ever-growing international network, we are asking all of our readers to consider making a $28 donation in honor of ProMED’s 28th anniversary.

If you are one of the 99% of readers who would miss ProMED, please donate today.

Sincerely,

Linda C. MacKinnon, MPH, PMP
CEO

Knowledge Exchange

The Knowledge Exchange (formerly known as IKEEP) platform is an online resource that shares open-access educational modules, webinars, and interactive discussions. ISID’s new online learning environment focuses on sharing evidence-based information for the infectious disease management, control and prevention in resource-limited settings.

The content hosted on the Knowledge Exchange serves as an enduring resource for practitioners around the globe with a focus on low- and middle-income countries. Launched in October 2020, the Knowledge Exchange regularly shares critical infectious disease knowledge covering a range of global infectious disease priorities and provides content focused on career development and leadership skill-building.

Coming Soon to Knowledge Exchange

Available now on Knowledge Exchange

Speakers:

•  Wanwisa Dejnirattisai, Thailand

             • Advances in Understanding Dengue Immunology & Pathogenesis

Nguyen Lam Vuong, Viet Nam

             • Biomarker Update (Diagnostics and Pathogenesis)

Damien Ming, United Kingdom

             • Novel Diagnostics and Innovations

Chair: Sophie Yacoub, Viet Nam

Co-Chair: Yeo Tsin Wen, Singapore

Abstract: Dengue is the fastest spreading mosquito-borne viral disease; a distinction the WHO recognized when naming it a Top 10 threat to global health. Dengue is mainly spread by Aedes aegypti mosquitoes and, to a lesser extent, Aedes albopictus mosquitoes. It is caused by one of the four dengue serotypes, each of which can cause dengue fever or severe dengue. Dengue is pandemic prone, and outbreaks are generally observed in tropical and subtropical areas. However, recent outbreaks have affected the continental United States and Europe. An estimated 40% of the world is at risk now lives with this threat. There has been a significant increase in number of dengue cases over the years, despite improvements in case management and a reduction in the Case Fatality Rate. Increased surveillance, better case management, innovative vector control and diagnostics may improve control efforts globally.

*This webinar is supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Takeda.

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Speakers:

Gonzalo Bearman, United States

Paul Tambyah, Singapore

Mohammed Yahaya, Nigeria

Moderator: Terry L. Schraeder, M.D., United States

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the importance of making IPC guidelines practical, relevant and inclusive for all countries and all settings
  • ISID Guide to Infection Control in the Healthcare Setting: Review the history and usage of this international resource now in its 6th edition
  • Obtain information and knowledge from firsthand experiences of IPC successes in Nigeria
  • Listen to discussion on how to improve understanding, compliance and practice of IPC globally

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Speakers:

Jesus Rodriguez-Manzano, United Kingdom

               • An Introduction to Novel Diagnostics

Ling-Shan Yu, Taiwan

               • Global Environmental Change and Dengue Outbreak Preparedness

Chair: Sadia Shakoor, Pakistan

Co-Chair: Bethany Davies, Australia

Abstract: Rapid diagnostic tests (RDTs) including point-of-care (POC) diagnostics, provide rapid diagnosis near the patient, often within accessible healthcare settings such as outpatient departments, screening sites and in primary care facilities. In contrast to conventional diagnostic assays, which typically rely upon specialised staff and centralised well equipped laboratories, POC tests are simple to use and can support timely, responsive infection management and disease surveillance. They are particularly important within low-resources settings where access to reliable power, cold-chain facilities and specialised laboratories may be limited. Emerging innovations in POC diagnostics, including sample preparation, molecular detection and data analytics offer further opportunities to improve performance, access and expand their role within infectious disease management.

*This webinar is supported with an Unrestricted Educational Grant from bioMérieux.

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Speakers:

Professor Dimie Ogoina, Nigeria

Dr. David Hamer, United States

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn more about the latest surge of cases of Monkeypox
  • Listen to discussion about the history of this DNA zoonotic virus
  • Understand why public health officials are worried and the knowns/unknowns about this global emergency
  • Hear analysis of problems with diagnosis, control, treatment, and prevention in different parts of the world

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Speaker: Dr. Bassem Zayed, Jordan

Chaired by:

Dr. Enrique Castro-Sanchez, United Kingdom

Dr. Angel Desai, United States

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Abstract: In this podcast, ISID Emerging Leaders Enrique Castro-Sanchez and Angel Desai speak with Dr. Bassem Zayed, Medical Officer, Infection Prevention and Control at the World Health Organization regarding challenges encountered during public health and humanitarian emergencies.

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Speaker: Professor Anucha Apisarnthanarak, Thailand

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Learning Objectives:

  • MDR organisms of most concern in the ICU
  • Pressures driving MDR in Thailand and elsewhere
  • How COVID-19 impacted MDR
  • Message about MDR from Asia

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Speaker: Professor Shui Shan Lee, Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID), Hong Kong

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review fundamentals of writing including grammar, syntax, and structure
  • Advice on the best use of graphics, illustrations, and photographs for publication
  • Discuss submission and use of early drafts of articles, open access, and impact factors
  • Learn specifics of selecting the right journal, preparing for submission, and following author guidelines
  • Gain knowledge of best practices for reviews, revisions, and rebuttals

*This professional development workshop is funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. 

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Faculty:

Shirani Chandrasiri, Sri Lanka
Esmita Charani
, UK
Duminda Samarasinghe
, Sri Lanka
Seif Al-Abri
, Oman

Abstract: This session will review some of the AMR challenges faced in low and middle income countries. AMR is a growing problem globally. The increase in resistance of microbes to antimicrobials is outpaced by the development of effective and safe antimicrobial agents. AMR has both health and economic impacts particularly in low and middle income countries. In low resource settings, there is low availability and high costs of some of the laboratory tests routinely conducted in high income countries to manage AMR. This grand round presentation is a clinical case presentation of an infectious disease with eventful progression in a middle income country.

*This webinar is supported with an Unrestricted Educational Grant from bioMérieux.

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Speaker: Professor Raina MacIntyre, Australia

Abstract: COVID-19 eradication is unlikely. During the pandemic, as vaccination programs began nearly everywhere, herd immunity was suggested as the outcome to control SARS CoV-2 replication and dissemination. However today, as we are facing waning vaccine efficacy, new variants of the virus with different pathogenic patterns, scientists and public health authorities are suggesting the pandemic is over and that we are in an endemic phase. Raina MacIntyre explains why this is not so, and that SARS-CoV-2 will continue to cause epidemics and likely a substantial burden of chronic disease. Better control will improve these outcomes.

To achieve this, a vaccine-PLUS strategy is needed, with layered protections including testing, tracing, safe indoor air, and masks. Vaccine equity globally must also be addressed.

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Speaker: Professor Olga Perovic, South Africa

Chaired by: 

Dr. Afreenish Amir, Pakistan

Associate Professor David Moore, South Africa

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Abstract: This podcast covers important aspects of AMR surveillance including the prevalence of drug resistant infections, what constitutes an AMR surveillance team and the importance of  surveillance for understanding the burden of AMR and informing its solutions.

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Speaker: Fatima Hassan, Founder, Health Justice Initiative, South Africa

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Abstract: Three billion people worldwide have not received a single dose of COVID-19 vaccine. While the majority of citizens in several wealthy countries are fully vaccinated, low- and middle-resourced countries have the lowest rates of vaccination. The average vaccination rate of all African countries is 15 percent. Some countries on the African continent have only single digit vaccination rates and only a minority of their health care workers are fully vaccinated. The World Health Organization has pushed to prioritize first doses for the unvaccinated before extra boosters for wealthy countries.

Fatima Hassan, human rights lawyer and activist, is the director of the Health Justice Initiative in South Africa. She is working to increase access to vaccinations, testing, and treatment for all countries with a particular emphasis on the southern hemisphere.

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Speakers:

Sade Ogunsola, Nigeria

Andrew Whitelaw, South Africa

Winnie Nambatya, Uganda

Ibrahim Mugerwa, Uganda

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Review the global threat of antimicrobial resistance
  • Learn about antimicrobial stewardship in low- and moderate-resourced countries
  • Evaluate importance of microbiology labs in clinical settings
  • Review obstacles and solutions for antibiotic stewardship programs in various countries

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Chair: Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Malaysia

Co-Chair: Dr. Seif Al-Abri, Oman

Speakers:

Professor Jennifer Hoy, Australia

What’s New in Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)

Associate Professor Iskandar Azwa, Malaysia

Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Updates

Dr. Rayner Tan, Singapore

HIV Stigma in Healthcare Settings

Abstract: This session will review the progress for HIV treatment expansion on a global scale, timing of initiation of antiretroviral therapy and will provide updates on pre-exposure prophylaxis. Researchers will present data with associated outcomes on recent interventions that identify and provide treatment and prevention programs to at risk populations residing in low- and middle-income countries. Additionally, attention will be devoted to HIV related stigma and discrimination in healthcare settings and how to provide equitable access to HIV prevention and care.

*This webinar is in collaboration with the International AIDS Society (IAS).

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Chair: Professor Athanase Badolo, Burkina Faso

Co-Chair: Dr. Veasna Duong, Cambodia

Speakers:

Professor Cameron Simmons, Australia

Innovations in Vector Control Strategies

Associate Professor Rachel Lowe, UK

Global Environmental Change and Dengue Outbreak Preparedness

Professor Lucy Lum, Malaysia

A Strategic Approach to Dengue Management

Abstract: The number of people affected by mosquito-borne diseases is rapidly growing. In recent years, population growth, climate change, increase in international travel, and the movement of people from rural areas to cities have all increased the spread of Aedes aegypti mosquitoes. According to the World Health Organization, the global incidence of dengue has grown dramatically in recent decades. Currently, about half of the world’s population is at risk for dengue and recent studies estimate that up to 90% of the global population could be at risk by the end of this century. The predicted expansion of vectors towards higher altitudes and temperate regions suggests that dengue outbreaks will occur in areas where people might be immunologically naive and public health systems unprepared. During this session, experts will discuss new modeling studies that forecast the global distribution of Aedes aegypti and the drivers of the expanded reach such as climate change and urbanization. They will discuss updates in the clinical management of dengue outbreaks and highlight recent innovations in vector control strategies such as the deployment of Wolbachia-carrying mosquitoes.

*This webinar is supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from Takeda.

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Learning Objectives:

  • Review common experiences when presenting your work to different audiences and in different languages
  • Learn best practices while using a translator and how and when to engage translation services
  • Understand common mistakes when communicating across different cultures and communities
  • Gain knowledge on best tenets and principles to ensure your presentation and communication is clear, engaging, and accurate

Moderator: Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D. (USA)

Panelists from InterPro Translation Solutions:

  • Leticia Barroso, Project Manager
  • Adriana Romano, Senior Project Manager
  • Dean Haman, Business Development Manager
  • Beshar Bahjat, Vice President

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Moderators:

  • Professor Alison Holmes, United Kingdom
  • Professor Paul Tambyah, Singapore
  • Dr. Afreenish Amir, Pakistan

Speakers:

  • Professor Lulu Bravo, Philippines
  • Professor Francois Venter, South Africa

Abstract: With the world’s attention and resources focused towards COVID-19 prevention and response efforts, we have witnessed widespread disruptions to HIV, TB and malaria service delivery programs globally with shortages in medical supplies, treatments and diagnostics. As observed during previous crises, the indirect morbidity and mortality effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic may be as important as the direct effects of the pandemic itself. Existing infectious diseases management and prevention programs have been hit by lockdowns, changing funding priorities and re-allocation of staff and resources. This webinar is a follow up to the webinar published on October 7, 2020, when Lulu Bravo and Francois Venter discussed COVID-19’s early impact on childhood vaccinations and the provision of TB and HIV care during the evolving pandemic. Much data has been collected and analyzed since then to better understand the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the prevention and management of communicable diseases.

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Abstract:

In this short video, we will provide a general overview of the steps included in most grant applications and share helpful tips to ensure you are prepared to submit a strong proposal. Please note, this video is not specific to any grant application and you should carefully review your grant’s guidelines to include all requested information.

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Speakers:

Dr. Sadia Shakoor, Pakistan

Dr. Basista Rijal, Nepal

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Learn how clinical microbiologists help antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASP) in limited resource settings
  • Review the problem of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in low- and middle-income countries (LIMC)
  • Examine the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on resource-limited settings
  • Review the microbiologists’ many roles, from pathogen identification and hospital infection control to vaccine development and public health care practitioner

*This podcast has been created thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from bioMérieux.

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Speakers:

Dr. Gabriel Levy Hara, Argentina

Pharmacist Angeliki Messina, South Africa

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Learning Objectives: 

  • Review global health threat of antimicrobial resistance (AMR)
  • Learn how AMR may have worsened during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Listen to discussion of the importance of ASPs including successes and obstacles in LMIC
  • Examine growing need for global antimicrobial stewardship including surveillance, education, and support

*This podcast has been created thanks to an unrestricted educational grant from bioMérieux.

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Speakers:

Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Malaysia

Associate Professor Nada Melhem, Lebanon

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Abstract: In the past forty years of the AIDS pandemic, 80 million people were infected, 36 million died and nearly 38 million people are living with HIV today.

In this podcast you will:

Review some of the milestones of the last four decades of the HIV/AIDS pandemic
Learn how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted prevention services, testing and treatment
Listen to discussion of continuing search for a vaccine and a cure
Reflect on the social determinants of health and HIV
Examine the continuing discrimination and stigmatization against individuals living with HIV

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Speakers:

Dr. Marjorie Pollack, Deputy Editor of ProMED, United States

Dr. Latiffah Hassan, Co-Chair IMED 2021, Malaysia

Dr. Britta Lassmann, Co-Chair IMED 2021, United States

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Abstract: The 8th IMED focused its attention on COVID-19 through a One Health lens. It included talks by WHO’s Maria Van Kerkhove in Switzerland, Lin-fa Wang from Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore, and many others. IMED 2021 drew attendees from more than 95 countries worldwide. Speakers presented on topics including the origins and evolution of SARS-CoV-2; vaccine efficacy, longevity and next generation development; climate change and infectious diseases; data sharing, transparency and cooperation; surveillance; scientific illiteracy, social media and politics; and how best to predict and prepare for the next pandemic.

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Speaker: Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, Switzerland

Chair: Dr. Marjorie Pollack, ProMED Deputy Editor, United States

Abstract: COVID-19 – How Far Have We Come, and Where Do We Go? – Featuring Maria Van Kerkhove, the World Health Organization’s technical lead on the coronavirus pandemic. This talk will cover the global epidemiological situation and the drivers of global trends, the World Health Organization’s comprehensive strategy for coordinated public health action, possible trajectories for the current phase of the pandemic, and what it will take to return to a new normal.

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Speakers:

Professor Eskild Petersen, Denmark

Professor Cecilia Maramba-Lazarte, Phillippines

Dr. Rosemary Olivero, United States

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Abstract: This podcast will provide a review of available epidemiologic reporting data for pediatric COVID cases. We will also address the issues of vaccination within different age groups, testing and immunity. Physiologic reactions – which can be much different than in adults – severity and the specific impact of the Delta variant will be discussed.

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Speakers:

Professor Shabir Madhi, South Africa

Professor Andrew Pollard, United Kingdom

Moderator: Professor Neelika Malavige, ISID Executive Committee, Sri Lanka

Abstract: As COVID-19 variants continue to emerge and spread globally, ISID is pleased to provide an expert panel to discuss latest developments. This webinar will continue our review of the COVID-19 pandemic by examining how SARS-CoV-2 has mutated, the different variants – including delta and lambda – and the impact on fragile, or at risk communities. Special consideration will be given to the paediatric population. We shall also discuss the impact of these variants on the efficacy of current vaccines and how to prevent the emergence of future variants.

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Speakers:

•  Professor Eskild Petersen, Editor-in-Chief of the IJID, Denmark

•  Professor Michael Baker, Professor of Public Health, New Zealand

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

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Speakers:

Dr. Anthony Fiore, MPH, United States

Professor Paul Tambyah, Singapore

Moderators:

Professor Marc Mendelson, ISID Past President, South Africa

Dr. Afreenish Amir, ISID Emerging Leader, Pakistan

Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is one of the biggest global health threats. Antibiotics are becoming increasingly ineffective as drug-resistance spreads leading to more difficult to treat infections. Fighting this threat is a public health priority that requires a collaborative global approach across sectors. Controlling AMR demands improvements in infection prevention, antimicrobial stewardship, and antimicrobial discovery. A powerful measure to reduce the use of antimicrobials, and hence development of resistance, is to prevent the occurrence of infections. Vaccines can impact AMR in two ways. Vaccines can reduce or eliminate the risk of infection due to antibiotic-resistant strains, for example pneumococcal vaccine. Vaccines can also have a secondary effect on AMR by preventing antibiotic use by reducing the rates of viral febrile illness episodes and the likelihood of secondary bacterial infections following the prevented episode. Viral infections are a strong driver of use and misuse of antibiotics and vaccines are an impactful and effective public health measure for the prevention of many viral infections. Single or combination vaccines may ultimately result in synergistic effects on decreasing antimicrobial use and therefore resistance. In this way, vaccines targeting viral illnesses become a tool to reinforce policies of antibiotic stewardship. WHO has developed a strategy to articulate the role of vaccines against AMR and an action framework that describes a vision for vaccines to contribute fully, sustainably and equitably to the prevention and control of antimicrobial resistance by preventing infections and reducing antimicrobial use. During this webinar, speakers will discuss how vaccines targeting viral illnesses contribute to the battle against AMR by preventing infections and by reducing antimicrobial use.

*This webinar is supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

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Speakers:

•  Professor Eskild Petersen, Editor-in-Chief of the IJID, Denmark

•  Associate Professor Lin Chen, Harvard Medical School, United States

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

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Speakers:

•  Professor Eskild Petersen, Editor-in-Chief of the IJID, Denmark

•  Professor Shui Shan Lee, Associate Editor, Hong Kong

Facilitated by Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Produced by Amador (Tino) Delamerced, B.A.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn more about the International Journal of Infectious Diseases (IJID)
  1. Review important instructions for authors
  1. Highlight specific lessons for research and writing
  1. Discuss common mistakes in submitting a manuscript

* This podcast is supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from Pfizer. 

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Presentando:

Professor Alfonso Rodriguez-Morales, Technological University of Pereira, Colombia

Unusual Presentations

Professor Bridget Wills, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam

Clinical Management – Innovations and Controversies

Moderado por:

Professor Neelika Malavige, ISID Executive Committee, Sri Lanka

Dr. Laura Talarico, ISID Emerging Leader, Argentina

Descripción: El dengue es una de las enfermedades virales transmitidas por mosquitos más comunes en todo el mundo. El dengue causa un amplio espectro de enfermedades que van desde enfermedades subclínicas hasta síntomas graves similares a los de la gripe en las personas infectadas. En la actualidad, el dengue grave afecta a la mayoría de los países de Asia y América Latina y se ha convertido en una de las principales causas de hospitalización y muerte entre niños y adultos en estas regiones. Los síntomas y los hallazgos de laboratorio similares entre el dengue y la enfermedad por coronavirus (COVID-19) pueden representar un desafío para el diagnóstico en los países donde el dengue es endémico. Los oradores discutirán el uso de diagnósticos con un enfoque en la implementación en regiones endémicas y presentarán innovaciones y controversias en el manejo clínico del dengue severo, incluido el uso de terapias novedosas. Los oradores también destacarán los desafíos de las presentaciones inusuales que ahora se ven con mayor frecuencia, incluido el daño orgánico específico inducido por el dengue no relacionado con el shock, como la enfermedad hepática o la encefalitis, y las presentaciones en los ancianos.

* Este seminario web está financiado por una beca educativa sin restricciones de Takeda.

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Speaker: Teresa L. Schraeder, M.D.

Abstract: This workshop will help you learn more about the news media including their roles, responsibilities, training, needs, deadlines and motives. We will discuss the impact of the media on perceptions, understanding and behavior of the public, patients, societies, institutions, and governments. You will learn lessons and specific skills to help you prepare to engage with the media. You will learn how to educate and inform the public on different topics in different settings and regarding types of events through the media. We will review the potential benefits and risks of engaging with the media.

*This workshop is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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Speakers:

Professor Alfonso Rodriguez-Morales, Technological University of Pereira, Colombia

Unusual Presentations

Professor Bridget Wills, Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Vietnam

Clinical Management – Innovations and Controversies

Moderators:

Professor Neelika Malavige, ISID Executive Committee, Sri Lanka

Dr. Laura Talarico, ISID Emerging Leader, Argentina

Abstract: Dengue is one of the most common mosquito-borne viral illnesses worldwide. Dengue causes a wide spectrum of diseases ranging from subclinical disease to severe flu-like symptoms in those infected. Today, severe dengue affects most Asian and Latin American countries and has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death among children and adults in these regions. Similar symptoms and laboratory findings between dengue and coronavirus disease (COVID-19) can pose a diagnostic challenge in dengue-endemic countries. Speakers will discuss the use of diagnostics with a focus on implementation in endemic regions and present innovations and controversies in the clinical management of severe dengue, including the use of novel therapeutics. Speakers will also highlight the challenges of unusual presentations that are now seen in higher frequency including Dengue-induced organ-specific damage unrelated to shock such as liver disease or encephalitis and presentations in the elderly.

*This webinar is supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from Takeda.

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Speakers:

Dr. Mirfin Mpundu, Director, ReAct Africa, Zambia

Successful Implementation of Antimicrobial Stewardship Programs in Resource-Constrained Settings

Dr. Manica Balasegaram, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Switzerland

Introducing New Antimicrobials for Multi-drug Resistant Pathogens in High Endemic Settings

Moderators:

Professor Alison Holmes, President, ISID, United Kingdom

Dr. Esmita Charani, ISID Emerging Leader, United Kingdom

Abstract: Antimicrobial resistance is one of the biggest threats to global health accelerated, in part, by the misuse of antibiotics. The lack of access to antibiotics in resource constrained settings continues to cause significant morbidity and mortality, while the overuse of antibiotics accelerates the global spread of drug resistant organisms. It is critical to ensure access to appropriate antimicrobials while measuring and improving prescribing practices of clinicians and use by patients. During this webinar, speakers will address the unique challenges of successfully implementing antimicrobial stewardship programs in resource constrained settings to optimize clinical outcomes while minimizing unintended consequences of antimicrobial use such as: toxicity, selection of pathogenic organisms (Clostridioides difficile), and the emergence of resistance. They will discuss the introduction of new antimicrobials in high-endemic settings and ways to ensure these treatments are available to those in need while also using them sparingly to limit the development of drug resistance.

*This webinar is supported with an Unrestricted Educational Grant from bioMérieux.

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Speakers:

Professor Thuy Le, Duke University, United States

Talaromyces marneffei

Professor Henry Mwandumba, Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, Malawi

Cryptococcus neoformans

Moderators:

Professor William Hope, University of Liverpool, United Kingdom

Professor Sophie Yacoub, ISID Emerging Leader, Vietnam

Abstract: The aim of implementing an antifungal stewardship program is to optimize the use of antifungal drugs to achieve the best outcomes while minimizing adverse events and the emergence of resistance. Antifungal stewardship is less established than antibacterial stewardship because of a narrower and more complex evidence base along with fewer available drugs. Moreover, the diagnosis of fungal infections can be complex with an urgent need for reliable noninvasive and rapid diagnostic tests that can be used across different resource levels. During this session, experts will provide updates on the diagnosis, treatment, monitoring and prevention strategies for Cryptococcus neoformans and Talaromyces marneffei (formerly Penicillium marneffei), both important opportunistic pathogens in patients with AIDS and other immunosuppressive conditions. Focus will be on diagnostic options and treatment and prevention strategies in areas with highest burden of disease, from Southeast Asia to southern China and sub-Saharan Africa.

*This webinar is supported with an Unrestricted Educational Grant from bioMérieux.

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Speakers:

Professor Ann Falsey, Professor of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine, New York, United States

The Global Burden of Influenza Morbidity and Mortality

Professor Bruno Lina, Professor of Virology, Lyon, France

The Impact of COVID-19 on Influenza Surveillance and Transmission 

Professor Zamberi Sekawi, ISID Executive Committee Member, Malaysia

The Impact of Influenza Vaccines on Public Health

Moderators:

Professor Patricio Acosta, Hospital de Niños Ricardo Gutiérrez – CONICET, Argentina

Dr. Therese Umuhoza, ProMED Moderator, Rwanda

Abstract: WHO estimates that seasonal influenza may result in 290,000 – 650,000 deaths each year due to respiratory diseases alone. This estimate does not take into account deaths from other diseases such as cardiovascular disease, which can be influenza-related. Surveillance and laboratory studies of all influenza-related diseases are ongoing and are expected to reveal substantially higher estimates of disease burden. Webinar attendees will engage with experts who will provide updates on global influenza surveillance efforts and estimated burden of disease. They will discuss the importance of country-level influenza estimates to inform national and global preparedness, prevention and control efforts and will highlight remaining gaps. The clinical, social, and economic advances gained from expanded access and uptake of influenza vaccines will be addressed and the lack of reliable data on the possible impact of vaccination among specific high-risk groups will be highlighted.  

The full impact of COVID-19 and non-pharmaceutical interventions on seasonal influenza remains to be determined. Experts will discuss questions around the impact of COVID-19 on influenza surveillance, the role of genomic sequencing for influenza surveillance as a way to better understand disease spread and improve prevention efforts and what to expect during the next influenza season.

*This webinar is supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

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Speakers:

Dr. Brenda Kwambana-Adams, Research Associate, Division of Infection & Immunity, University College, London, United Kingdom

Equitable and Sustainable Access to Meningococcal Vaccines

Professor Marco A. Safadi, Head, Department of Pediatrics, Santa Casa de São Paulo, Brazil

Atypical Presentations and the Impact of COVID-19

Moderators:

Professor Rob Heyderman, ISID Executive Committee Member, United Kingdom

Dr. Christina Obiero, ISID Emerging Leader, Kenya

Abstract: Meningococcal meningitis is a devastating disease with high mortality and long-term sequelae even in successfully managed cases. Although the burden of disease is greatest in the meningitis belt of sub-Saharan Africa, meningitis is a world-wide threat. Recent epidemics in Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Niger, Guinea, Kyrgyzstan, Fiji and Chile and the spread of some virulent strains across the world has emphasized the need for a global approach to surveillance and prevention.

In this session, experts will discuss the urgent need for improved monitoring of invasive meningococcal disease and sequelae globally, will discuss the use of whole genome sequencing, strain typing and rapid diagnostics to better understand outbreak epidemiology and burden of disease and will provide updates on the emergence of new clones and hypervirulent strains. They will review WHO’s recently released Defeating Meningitis by 2030 Global Roadmap and what it will take to make vaccines widely available in low- and middle-income countries.

The clinical presentations of meningococcal disease can vary. Recent observations suggest that certain serogroups may present with atypical signs and symptoms such as acute gastrointestinal symptoms, septic arthritis, bacteremic pneumonia or severe upper respiratory infection. Experts will discuss atypical clinical presentations which can be associated with higher case fatality rates and misdiagnoses. The immediate and longer-term impact of COVID-19 on meningococcal disease and meningococcal vaccine schedules is currently unclear and needs to be determined.

*This webinar is supported by an Unrestricted Educational Grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

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Speakers: Assistant Professor Michelle Doll, Professor Shaheen Mehtar, Professor Ziad Memish, Professor Victor Rosenthal, Professor Mike Stevens, Professor Sade Ogunsola

Moderator: Professor Gonzalo Bearman

Abstract: The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted both challenges and opportunities for infection control practices at healthcare facilities around the globe. In this moderated discussion, infection prevention and control experts will describe how they responded to the pandemic and what they did to quickly adapt existing healthcare protocols. Speakers will describe how these approaches and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic can help us better prepare for future outbreaks. Questions addressed during this webinar will include: Will the re-use of personal protective equipment become standard practice in the future? What can we expect in terms of face mask requirements over the next few years? How can surveillance, reporting and laboratory structures established during the pandemic be maintained in the future?

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Speaker: Dr. Terry Schraeder

Abstract: Physicians and healthcare leaders may have many important opportunities to give public speeches and presentations as well as engage with traditional and digital media throughout their careers. Speaking to live audiences, giving online video presentations, answering questions at press conferences and being interviewed by journalists are just a few examples. Learning how to be confident, clear, calm, concise, and engaging in front of an audience, as well as honing the message and improving specific communication skills in a variety of settings are imperative to help optimize a speaker’s message and mission. 

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With generous support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ISID presents research selected for presentation at the 19th International Congress on Infectious Diseases (ICID). This collection of ePosters reflects the contributions of early-career investigators working to advance our understanding of infectious disease challenges in low-resource settings. These studies were selected from over 1,900 abstracts due to their quality and the valuable knowledge they add to the field of infectious diseases. With topics ranging from antimicrobial resistance, disease surveillance, HIV situational assessments, metagenomics, arboviruses, and public health epidemiology, there is something to engage all interests. As you interact with these ePosters, please feel free to leave a comment or question for the researchers.

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Professor Alison Holmes
Imperial College London, UK
Conflict of Interest

Professor Paul Tambyah
National University of Singapore, Singapore
Conflict of Interest

Professor Marc Mendelson
University of Cape Town, South Africa
Conflict of Interest

Professor Sally Roberts
University of Auckland, School of Medicine, New Zealand
Conflict of Interest

Professor Robert Heyderman
NIHR Global Health Research Unit on Mucosal Pathogens
London, UK
Conflict of Interest

Professor Gagandeep Kang
Translational Health Service and Technology Institute
India
Conflict of Interest

Professor Gathsaurie Malavige
University of Sri Jayewardenepura
Sri Lanka
Conflict of Interest

Professor Miguel O’Ryan
Faculty of Medicine, University of Chile
Santiago, Chile
Conflict of Interest

Professor Zamberi Sekawi
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Conflict of Interest

Professor Ursula Theuretzbacher
Center of Anti-Infective Agents
Vienna, Austria
Conflict of Interest

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International Congress on Infectious Diseases 2022

The International Society for Infectious Diseases (ISID) will hold its next in-person and virtual International Congress on Infectious Diseases November 17–20, 2022 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in collaboration with the Malaysian Society of Infectious Diseases and Chemotherapy (MSIDC).

The ISID Congress is the leading Infectious Disease conference that convenes clinicians, allied health professionals, and scientists to share world-class expertise to address global challenges. This unique event focuses on clinical practice, basic and translational science, novel approaches to infection control and prevention, epidemiology of infectious diseases, and much more. 

ISID Congress 2022