Infectious Diseases in the Mediterranean and the Middle East: Current Challenges, ESCMID Postgraduate Education Course

22 - 24 September 2014, Izmir, Turkey

  • ESCMID Study Group for Clinical Parasitology (ESGCP)
  • Ege University School of Medicine, Department of Parasitology, Izmir, Turkey
  • Turkish Society of Hydatidology (THD)
  • Turkish Society of Infectious Diseases Specialists (EKMUD)
  • Turkish Society of Microbiology (TMC)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Infections in Travellers and Migrants (ESGITM)
  • ESCMID Food- and Water-borne Infections Study Group (EFWISG)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Coxiella, Anaplasma, Rickettsia and Bartonella (ESCAR)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Molecular Diagnostics (ESGMD)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Viral Hepatitis (ESGVH)
  • ESCMID Study Group for Epidemiological Markers (ESGEM)
Course Coordinators
  • Nazmiye Altintas, Izmir, Turkey
  • Ziad A. Memish, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Course Objectives

The course will provide an update on current infectious diseases in the Mediterranean and the Middle East with emphasis on viral, bacterial and parasitic infections with changing epidemiology, diagnosis and management.
Viral infections will include the spread of the novel Coronavirus and the avian influenza H5N1 and CCHF. The problems of multiresistant bacteria will be covered both from management and hospital infection control perspectives,
and molecular surveillance will be reviewed.

Course Venue

Wyndham Izmir Özdilek
Inciraltı St. No. 67
35340 Balçova, Izmir, Turkey

Phone +90 232 292 13 00
Fax +90 232 292 13 13

Target Audience

30 – 60 clinical microbiologists and clinical infectious disease physicians, biologists and public health officials interested in a broad update on new infection agents, novel treatment modalities and new methods in diagnostics
and molecular epidemiology.

Contact Person & Administrative Secretariat

Nazmiye Altintas
Ege University School of Medicine
Department of Parasitology
35100 Bornova-Izmir

Phone +90 532 544 42 52
Fax +90 232 373 10 73

Course Programme

Presentations are availabe in the ESCMID Online Lecture Library.

Monday, 22 September 2014

08:30 Registration
09:00 Welcome address
09:30 HIV: trends in the region. Deniz Gökengin
           Chair: Eskild Petersen
10:00 HIV: what is new in diagnosis and monitoring? Rüçhan Sertöz
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Emerging rickettsioses and ehrlichioses. Amel Letaief
11:30 Mediterranean spotted Q-fever. Figen Kuloglu
12:00 Alkhurma haemorrhagic fever from kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
           Ziad A. Memish
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Novel coronavirus: clinical presentation, epidemiology and future.
           Ziad A. Memish
14:00 Influenza H5N1 in Egypt. Amer Kandeel
14:30 Avian and human influenza: molecular epidemiology. To be identified
15:00 Coffee break
15:30 Standardisation and implementation of rapid diagnostic tests and                            SOPs for outbreaks. Greet Ieven
16:00 Round Table
           Chair: Aysin Zeytinoglu
           - West Nile virus. Aykut Özkul
           - Crimean Congo haemorrhagic fever. Hakan Leblebicioglu
19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

08:30 HBV: monitoring and new treatments. Selda Erensoy
           Chair: Sibel Gündes
09:00 HCV: monitoring and new treatments. Resat Ozaras
09:30 HEV. Mario Mondelli
10:00 Coffee break
10:30 NDM1 and other Gram-negative MDR. Laurent Poirel
           Chair: Zeynep Gulay
11:00 Treatment of Gram-negative MDR. Oguz Resat Sipahi
11:30 MRSA and VRE epidemiology, control and diagnosis. Atef Shibl
12:00 Treatment of VRE and MRSA. Serhat Unal
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Modern typing methods for regional and cross-border infection control.                  Alex W. Friedrich
14:00 Enterohaemorrhagic Escherichia coli. Söhret Aydemir
14:30 Brucellosis. Hakan Erdem
15:00 Tularemia. Aynur Karadenizli
15:30 City tour
19:00 Dinner

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

08:30 Cell culture and isolation of new pathogens. Gilbert Greub
09:00 Round Table
           Chair: Yuksel Guruz
            - Leishmaniasis I. Seray Ozensoy
            - Leishmaniasis II. Afif Ben Salah
            - Leishmaniasis III. Charles L. Jaffe
10:30 Coffee break
11:00 Malaria: epidemiology and risk of resurgence. Eskild Petersen
11:30 Amoebiasis: neglected or overdiagnosed? Mehmet Tanyuksel
12:00 Fasciolosis: epidemiology and management. Santiago Mas-Coma
12:30 Lunch
13:30 Round Table
           Chair: Nazmiye Altintas
            - Introduction: echinococcosis. Nazmiye Altintas
            - Differential laboratory diagnosis of CE and AE: molecular                                           and immunological tools. Bruno Gottstein
            - Treatment of cystic echinococcosis. António Menezes Da Silva
15:00 Management of toxocariasis. Carmen-Michaela Cretu
15:30 Schistosomiasis: epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment. Evan Secor
16:00 Informal surveillance systems. Ziad A. Memish & Eskild Petersen
17:00 Closing & evaluation

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Tour Ephesus (optional)

Faculty Members
  • Nazmiye Altintas, Izmir, Turkey
  • Söhret Aydemir, Izmir, Turkey
  • Afif Ben Salah, Tunis, Tunisia
  • Carmen-Michaela Cretu, Bucharest, Romania
  • Hakan Erdem, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Selda Erensoy, Izmir, Turkey
  • Alex W. Friedrich, Groningen, The Netherlands
  • Deniz Gökengin, Izmir, Turkey
  • Bruno Gottstein, Berne, Switzerland
  • Gilbert Greub, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Zeynep Gulay, Izmir, Turkey
  • Sibel Gündes, Kocaeli, Turkey
  • Yuksel Guruz, Izmir, Turkey
  • Greet Ieven, Egedem, Belgium
  • Charles L. Jaffe, Jerusalem, Israel
  • Aynur Karadenizli, Kocaeli, Turkey
  • Amer Kandeel, Cairo, Egypt
  • Figen Kuloglu, Edirne, Turkey
  • Hakan Leblebicioglu, Samsun, Turkey
  • Amel Letaief, Sousse, Tunisia
  • Santiago Mas-Coma, Valencia, Spain
  • Ziad A. Memish, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • António Menezes Da Silva, Lisbon, Portugal
  • Mario Mondelli, Pavia, Italy
  • Resat Ozaras, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Seray Ozensoy, Izmir, Turkey
  • Aykut Özkul, Ankara, Turkey
  • Eskild Petersen, Aarhus, Denmark
  • Laurent Poirel, Fribourg, Switzerland
  • Evan Secor, Atlanta, United States
  • Rüçhan Sertöz, Izmir, Turkey
  • Atef Shibl, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Oguz Resat Sipahi, Izmir, Turkey
  • Mehmet Tanyuksel, Ankara, Turkey
  • Serhat Unal, Ankara, Turkey
  • Aysin Zeytinoglu, Izmir, Turkey