Infectious disease conference Medlab Conference

Theme: Combatting the looming concerns over infectious diseases

30 May 2019

08:00 - 08:55

Welcome coffee

08:55 - 09:00

Opening remarks


09:00 - 09:30

Hepatitis E: An Emerging Challenge (Not Only) for HIV Medicine

Professor Wolfgang Preiser

09:30 - 10:00

Viral vaccine development

Professor Anna-Lise Williamson

10:00 - 10:30

Antibiotic resistance: the need for global solutions

Professor Adriano G Duse

10:30 - 11:15

Coffee break


11:15 - 11:30

Strengthening health systems and policies to improve HIV and TB

Dr Gloria Kgosana

11:30 - 12:00

Early infant diagnosis and treatment of HIV

Dr Karl-Gunter Technau

12:00 - 12:30

Are we there yet? Getting to the Global HIV 90-90-90 targets in Africa

Dr Izukanji Sikazwe

12:30 - 14:00

Networking lunch break


14:00 - 14:30

Paediatric TB

Dr Ashendri Pillay

14:30 - 15:00

Antifungal drugs: Are we in post antibiotic era?

Dr Aijaz Ahmad

15:00 - 15:30

Managing a high viral load in children and adolescents

Dr Kate Braithwaite


15:30 - 16:30

Panel discussion


End of conference


  • Professor Wolfgang Preiser, Head, Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Stellenbosch University and NHLS Tygerberg, Cape Town, South Africa


  • Professor Adriano G Duse, Chief Specialist, Chair & Academic Head, Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases, School of Pathology of the NHLS & University of the Witwatersrand, Director, Division of Hospital Epidemiology & Infection Control (HEICS), Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dr Aijaz Ahmad, Senior Medical Scientist, Division of Infection Control, Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital, Lecturer, Department of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Professor Anna-Lise Williamson, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine & Division of Medical Virology, Department of Pathology, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Dr Ashendri Pillay, Paediatric Infectious Diseases Specialist, King Edward VIII Hospital, University of KwaZulu Natal, Durban, South Africa
  • Dr Gloria Kgosana, Director, Health Systems Strengthening, Wits Reproductive Health and HIV Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dr Kate Braithwaite, Medical Officer, Empilweni Clinic, Rahima Moosa Mother and Child Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dr Karl-Gunter Technau, Senior Medical Officer, Paediatrics and Child Health, University of the Witwatersrand, Coronation Hospital, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Dr Izukanji Sikazwe, CEO, Centre for Infectious Disease Research, Lusaka, Zambia