MPRU Virtual Conference 2020 Agenda

29 - 30 October 2020

Thursday 29 October

12:30 – 12:40       Registration and Log-On to Conference
12:40 – 13:00       Welcome, MPRU Overview and Prepare for Renewal - Robert Heyderman

Priorities in Mucosal Pathogens Research
Session Chair: David Goldblatt

13:00 – 13:45        "The Case for a Klebsiella pneumoniae Vaccine" – Nick Feasey, Professor of Microbiology at Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine and Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Research Programme.

13:45 – 14:00        "The Emergence of a Streptococcus pneumoniae Serotype 3 Variant Carriage in the 8 Years Following Post-PCV13 Introduction in Blantyre, Malawi" - Andrea Gori, Division of Infection and Immunity, UCL.

14:05 – 14:20        "Impact of Ten-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV10) Introduction on Pneumococcal Carriage in Nigeria" - Aishatu Adamu, KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Bayero University Kano and Aminu Kano Teaching Hospital, Kano, Nigeria.

14:25 – 14:40        "Use of a Multiplex Quantitative PCR to Evaluate the Association of the Vaginal Microbiome and Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes in South Africa" - Majoalane Tina Ramatsebe, Vaccines and Infectious Diseases Analytics Research Unit (VIDA), University of the Witwatersrand.

14:45 – 15:00        "Evaluating the Diagnostic Accuracy of the Hibergene Loop-Mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) Assay for the Rapid Detection of Maternal Rectovaginal Group B Streptococcus Colonisation in Kampala, Uganda" - Melanie Etti, Institute for Infection and Immunity, St. George's, University of London.

Session Chair: Rob Heyderman

15:10 – 16:10        Discussion/ Breakouts

Room 1) Developing a Vaccine Immunity Hub: Lead Kondwani Jambo; co-lead David Goldblatt
Room 2) Getting Vaccine Evidence to Policy: Lead Ifedayo Adetifa; co-lead Stefan Flasche
Room 3) Epidemic Serotype 1: Lead Brenda Kwambana-Adams; co-lead Mark Alderson
Room 4) Molecular Approaches to Diagnosis: Lead Kanny Diallo; co-lead Martin Maiden


Friday 30 October

12:45 – 13:00        Registration and Log-On to Conference

The MPRU Response to COVID-19
Session Chair: Ifedayo Adetifa

13:00 – 13:45        “Experimental human infection with respiratory viruses: the challenges of protective mucosal immunity” – Christopher Chiu, Clinical Reader & Honorary Consultant in Infectious Diseases Imperial College London.

13:45 – 14:00        "Modelling of Air Travel Interventions for COVID-19" - Billy Quilty, Department of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, LSHTM.

14:05 – 14:20        "Revealing the Extent of the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kenya Based on Serological and PCR-Test Data" - John Ojal, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI).

14:25 – 14:40        "Seroprevalence of SARS-Cov-2 Antibodies Among Healthcare Workers in Blantyre, Urban Malawi" - Marah Chibwana, Viral Immunology Research Group, Malawi Liverpool Wellcome Trust.

14:45 – 15:00        Closing Remarks - Robert Heyderman





Updated 26 Oct 2020