2nd Infectious Diseases Conference

13 October 2020 | Gallagher Convention Centre

Theme: What is new in the virus world – from epidemiology via diagnostics to therapy

13 - 15 October 2020

Gallagher Convention Centre, Johannesburg, South Africa

2nd Infectious Diseases Conference

In the last decade, a lot of progress has been made in the field of infectious diseases in South Africa, and the surrounding region. Despite this progress, there are still concerns over infectious diseases, both in the region and worldwide. Facing many major health concerns, such as TB and HIV, there are several issues which are widespread in the African context.

The one-day Infectious Diseases Conference will focus on the management of infectious diseases with the challenges faced by those in the field due to a lack of training, scarce resources and equipment and a lack of antimicrobial stewardship in hospitals. Following from the topics this year, we will look at how to overcome the challenges and limitations to have stronger and more effective care in the healthcare setting.


Conference chair:

Professor Wolfgang Preiser
Head, Division of Medical Virology
University of Stellenbosch, NHLS, Cape Town, South Africa


Scientific committee

  • Dr Simnikiwe Mayaphi, Head of Department, Department of Medical Virology, Clinical Virologist, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
  • Professor Diana Hardie, Medical Virologist, National Health Laboratory Service, Groote Schuur Hospital, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa 
  • Dr Howard Newman, Pathologist, Medical Virology, National Health Laboratory Service, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Key sessions:

  • HIV viral load testing in resource-limited settings: challenges and solutions for specimen stability
  • Measles and the brain: a legacy of the 2009/10 epidemic in South Africa
  • Viral gastroenteritis with special emphasis on noroviruses
  • Panel discussion: How serious is the latest coronavirus outbreak, and how should healthcare prepare?   

Who should attend:

  • Infectious disease physicians/specialists/professors
  • Immunologists
  • Microbiologists
  • Virologists
  • Epidemiologists
  • Public health professionals
  • Development health works
  • Ministry of health
  • Vaccine developers
  • Researchers
  • Academics


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