Conference Schedule 2019

Wednesday 13 November

08:30 – 08:45   Arrival coffee and tea

Session Chair: Robert Heyderman
08:45 – 09:00   Welcome & MPRU Overview. Robert Heyderman, UCL.
09.00 – 09.15   The MRC and Challenges facing West Africa. Martin Antonio, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM.
09:15 – 10:00   The Institut Pasteur de Dakar: Serving African Public Health and Biomedical Research and Training. Yakhya Dieye,
                            Institut Pasteur de Dakar.

10:00 – 10:30   Break

Session Chair: Stefan Flasche
10:30 – 10:55   Pan-GWAS of Streptococcus agalactiae Highlights Lineage-Specific Genes Associated with Virulence and Niche
                           Adaptation. Andrea Gori, UCL.
11:00 – 11:25   Understanding the Links between Non-Invasive and Invasive Pneumococci in Children with Severe Pneumonia
                           through Comparative Genomics. Peggy-Estelle Tientcheu, MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM.
11:30 – 11:55   Rapid Adaptive Within-Host Microevolution of Persistent Streptococcus pneumoniae in Naturally Colonised Infants
                           from a High-Risk Setting. Brenda Kwambana, UCL.

12:00 – 14:00    Lunch

Session Chair: Martin Antonio
14:00 – 14:25   Whole Genome Sequencing Uncovers Genome Diversity and Genetic Variation in Neonatal Invasive GBS Isolates of
                           the Same Clonal Group. Sindiswa Lukhele, University of the Witwatersrand.
14:30 – 14:55   Investigating the Role of HvgA Glycosylation in Hypervirulent cc17 Group B Streptococcus. Elizabeth Chan, UCL.

15:00 – 15:30   Break

15:30 – 17:00   Posters and Late Breaker sessions (Robert Heyderman): Akuzike Kalizang’oma, Brenda Kwambana, Catherine Okoi,
                           Dam Khan, Edmund Bedeley, Felix S. Dube, Giuseppe Ercoli, John Ojal, Mouhamadou A. Sonko, Ana Belen Ibarz-
                           Pavon, Grant Mackenzie and Deus Thindwa

19:00                 Dinner


Thursday 14 November

08:00 – 09:00   Breakfast

Session Chair: Milagritos Tapia
09:00 – 09:30   Zooming in on The Microbiome: What Have We Learned in 10 Years’ Time? Debby Bogaert, University of Edinburgh.
09:30 – 09:55   The Effect Of Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine on Pneumococcal Colonisation Densities In Gambian Children.
                           Chikondi Peno, University of Edinburgh.
10:00 – 10:25   Controlled Human Infection with Lyophilised Neisseria lactamica. Diane Gbesemete, University of Southampton.

10:30 – 11:00   Break

11:00 – 11:25   Early Impact of a 10-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine on Pneumococcal Carriage in Nigeria. Ifedayo
                           Adetifa, LSHTM.
11:30 – 11:55   Enhancing Mucosal Immunity to Streptococcus pneumoniae by Nasal Administration of Live Strains Attenuated In
                           Virulence. Elisa Ramos-Sevillano, UCL.

12:00 – 14:00   Lunch

Session Chair: David Goldblatt
14:00 – 14:25   Differences in the Conservation of Heat-Responsive Genes between Pneumococcal Strains May Affect Phenotypic
                           Response to Changes in Temperature. Modupeh Betts, UCL.
14:30 – 14:55   Genomic Characterisation of Pneumococcus Transmission. Stephane Hue, LSHTM.

15:00 – 15:25   Break

15:30 – 15:55   Defeating Meningitis by 2030: A global roadmap. Marie-Pierre Preziosi, WHO.
16:00 – 16:55   How can MPRU Contribute to the global roadmap? Robert Heyderman and Marie-Pierre Preziosi.

19:00                 MPRU main conference dinner and event (Sing Sing Rhythm Group)

 

Friday 15 November

08:00 – 09:00   Breakfast

09:00 – 10:00   Early career investigator meeting- Robert Heyderman

Martin Antonio MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM Leading research in Africa: An African’s experience/Mentorship
Chrispin Chaguza Wellcome Sanger Institute Informatics training and research in Africa/LMICs
Ifedayo Adetifa KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme Publications/Starting their own group in Africa


10:00 – 10:15   Break

Session Chair: Kondwani Jambo
10:15 – 10:40   Cross Sectional Population Pneumococcal Serology Profiling to Understand the Impact of Vaccine-Induced
                           Anti-Pneumococcal Antibody on Pneumococcal Carriage in Malawi. Todd Swarthout, UCL.
10:45 – 11:55   Next Steps for the MPRU - Impact and Policy Pathways. Robert Heyderman and David Goldblatt.
11:55 – 12:00   Closing remarks - Robert Heyderman

12:00 – 14:00   Lunch

14:00 – 15:30   Strategic Group / IAG meeting (Meeting room Digital 2)
14:00                 Bus departs for visit to the Institut Pasteur de Dakar

15:30                 End of conference

19:00                 Dinner; Hotel check-out

Saturday 16 November

08:00 – 10:00   Breakfast; Hotel check-out