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Advancement in Molecular Diagnosis in Infectious Diseases

Topic Advancement in Molecular Diagnosis in Infectious Diseases
Course Type Web-based: Zoom Webinar
  • Advances in molecular epidemiology, such as whole genome sequencing in fields of epidemiology and public health  
  • Novel rapid diagnostics e.g. point-of-care tests and their application in management of emerging infectious diseases
  • Latest development in diagnostics for antimicrobial resistance control
  • Integration of new technologies into laboratory operation


Date 11 November 2022
Venue Conference Room, G/F, Centre for Health Protection, 147C Argyle Street, Kowloon
Organizer Co-organized by Infectious Disease Control Training Centre, Hospital Authority (HA IDCTC)/ Infection Control Branch (ICB), Centre for Health Protection (CHP) and Chief Infection Control Officer’s Office, HA
Target Group - Medical staff of related specialties including Infectious Disease, Clinical Microbiology, Intensive Care Unit, Pathology, Paediatrics, Medicine, A&E, Public Health, Community Medicine and Family Medicine and other physicians who are interested in the subjects
- Infection control nurses and other healthcare professionals who are involved in infection control
- Laboratory related professionals who may be involved in the adoption of these latest developments

AM Session    Recent Developments in Molecular Microbiology

Time Topic Speaker Video
09:00 – 09:05 Welcome speech Dr Leo LUI
Associate Consultant, Infectious Disease Control Training Centre, Hospital Authority / Infection Control Branch, Centre for Health Protection, Department of Health
09:05 – 09:50 Principles and Practice of molecular microbiology in clinical care and public health Prof Rosanna PEELING
Professor and Chair, Diagnostics Research and Director, International Diagnostics Centre London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK
09:50 – 10:35 Diagnostic stewardship aspects of rapid diagnostics

Dr Shawn VASOO
Clinical Director, National Centre for Infectious Diseases(NCID) / Head, Infectious Disease Research Laboratory / Senior Consultant, Department of Infectious Diseases, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Singapore

10:35 – 10:50 Discussion Session


10:50 – 11:00 Break    
11:00 – 11:45 Integration of rapid diagnostics into laboratory operation Dr Christopher LAI
Assistant Professor (Clinical), Department of Microbiology, Faculty of Medicine, Chinese University of Hong Kong
11:45 – 12:30 Experience Sharing on Overseas Training on Genomics and Clinical Microbiology Dr May LEE
Consultant (Path), Tseung Kwan O Hospital  (TKOH)/  Infection Control Officer, TKOH / Haven of Hope Hospital
12:30 – 12:45 Discussion Session    
12:45 – 14:00 Lunch    
PM Session    Applications of Molecular Microbiology in Epidemiology Investigation and Emerging Infections  
Time Topic Speaker Video
14:00 – 14:45 Application of Whole Genome Sequencing – COVID-19 and beyond Dr Gilman SIU
Associate Professor, Department of Health Technology and Informatics, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
14:45 – 15:30 Development of molecular assays for parasitic diseases and vector-borne pathogens Prof Bobbi S. PRITT
Director, Clinical Parasitology Laboratory, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, USA
15:30 – 15:45 Discussion Session    
15:45 – 16:00 Break    
16:00 – 16:45 Identifying resistome to tackle antibiotic resistance

Prof Margaret IP
Professor, Department of Microbiology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong/
Honorary Consultant, Department of Microbiology, Prince of Wales Hospital

16:45 – 17:30 Clinical utility of Target Amplicon Sequencing for rapid diagnosis of drug-resistant Tuberculosis Dr WC YAM
Honorary Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology, The University of Hong Kong
17:30 – 17:45 Discussion Session    

Published at 2022-11-21