ASLM2016 Scientific Programme

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The ASLM2016 scientific programme aims to serve as a platform for the international laboratory medicine community to share best practices, acquire knowledge, and debate innovative approaches for combatting global health threats together. Links open in a new tab.

Time Session Type Room Location
08:00-17:00 Seminar 1: SLMTA-SLIPTA Symposium
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Hosted by: ASLM and US CDC
Roof Terrace
Seminar 2: HIV Drug Resistance Testing Workshop
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Hosted by: Thermo Fisher Scientific, South Africa
CTICC 2.41-2.43
Seminar 3: Molecular Diagnostics in Haematological Malignancies
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Hosted by: National Health Laboratory Service
Sponsor: Novartis
CTICC 2.44-2.46
08:00-12:00 Seminar 4: Translating Laboratory Informatics into Patient Care: mHealth & Implementation Science Research
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Hosted by: Department of Molecular Medicine & Haematology, National Priority Programs, NHLS, South Africa
CTICC 2.61-2.63
12:00-13:00 BREAK (lunch on your own) CTICC
13:00-17:00 Seminar 6: Lessons Learnt from a Large Scale Implementation of the Xpert MTB/RIF TB Program in South Africa
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Hosted by: National Health Laboratory Service, South Africa
CTICC 2.61-2.63
Seminar 7: Connected Diagnostics: Innovative Strategies for Getting Patients Onto Treatment Faster & Cheaper
Hosted by: SystemOne
CTICC 2.64-2.66
Seminar 7A: Regulatory Forum and Workshop
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Hosted by: London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
CTICC 1.61-1.62

Time Session Type Room Location
08:00-18:30 Seminar 8: SLMTA-SLIPTA Symposium
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Hosted by: ASLM and US CDC
Roof Terrace
08:00-12:00 Seminar 9: Scientific Writing
Hosted by: African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
CTICC 2.41-2.43
Seminar 11: Quality Needs for Molecular TB/HIV and HPV Diagnostic Assays Applied in Clinical Laboratories
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Hosted by: AIDS Clinical Trial Group (ACTG)
CTICC 2.61-2.63
Seminar 12: HIV Rapid Testing quality Improvement Initiative – Using Innovative Approaches for Achieving the RIGHT First 90s CTICC 1.61 – 1.62
09:00 – 12:30 Seminar 12B: Building a Laboratory Community of Practice for Laboratory Strengthening Standards and Best Practice
Hosted by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CTICC 1.64
8:00-9:45 Seminar 10A: Challenges in Equipment Maintenance, Calibration and Procurment Scale –Up For Resource-Limited Settings
Hosted by: Association of Public Health Laboratories
CTICC 2.44 – 2.46
10:00-12:00 Seminar 10B: APHLN: Envisioning The African Public Health Laboratory Network. Creating Infrastructure to Support and Sustain National Laboratory Health Systems and Compliance with International Health Regulations
Hosted by: Association of Public Health Laboratories
CTICC 2.44 – 2.46
8:30-12:00 Seminar 12A: West Africa Day – How to reach the third “90” in West and Central Africa
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Hosted by: Fondation Mérieux, MSF, Solthis, UNITAID
CTICC 1.61-1.62
12:00-13:00 BREAK (lunch on your own) CTICC
13:00-17:00 Seminar 13: Implementing POC HIV Viral Load and EID – Considerations and Challenges for Africa
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Hosted by: University of Cambridge: Diagnostics for the Real World
CTICC 2.41-2.43
Seminar 14: WHO Workshop on Prequalification of In Vitro Diagnostics (IVDs) for National Regulatory Authorities
Hosted by: World Health Organization
CTICC 2.44-2.46
Seminar 15: Quality Assurance for CD4, Early Infant Diagnosis, and Viral Load Point-of-Care
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Hosted by: London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; International Diagnostics Centre
CTICC 2.61-2.63
Seminar 16: The Value of Knowing Why: The Case for HIV Resistance Genotyping in Africa
Hosted by: Aldatu Biosciences
CTICC 2.64-2.66
Seminar 16B: Mapping Laboratory Capacity, Systems, and Networks in Africa
Hosted by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CTICC 1.64
Seminar 16C: Launch of HIV Viral Load Scale-up Tools
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Hosted by: US CDC
CTICC 1.61-1.62
Seminar 16D: Integrating and optimizing laboratory services to reach the 90:90:90 targets
Hosted by: NHLS; US PEPFAR
CTICC 1.41-1.42

Time Session Type Room Location
08:00-10:00 Seminar 21A: Evolving partnerships for TB diagnostic network strengthening in Africa
Hosted by: Global Laboratory Initiative for Africa (GLI Africa) and FIND
CTICC 1.61-1.62
08:00-12:00 Seminar 17: Systems Strengthening for Viral Load Scale Up
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Hosted by: Roche Diagnostics
CTICC 1.41-1.42
Seminar 18: Biobanking for Africa: The H3 African biorepositories
Hosted by: H3 Africa
CTICC 1.43-1.44
Seminar 18A: Emerging Technologies to Ensure Continued Competency of Laboratory Professionals and HIV Test Providers
Hosted by: CDC and University of New Mexico, School of Medicine
CTICC 1.43-1.44
Seminar 19: Early Warning and Response Systems and Global Health Security
Hosted by: US CDC Division of Viral Diseases, Atlanta and Division of Global Health Protection, Vietnam
CTICC 2.44-2.46
Seminar 20: Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Global Health Threats with Simple and Fast Syndromic Testing Technologies
Hosted by: bioMérieux SA
CTICC 2.61-2.63
Seminar 21: Laboratory safety when dealing with routine diagnostic specimens from patients with suspected viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs)
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Hosted by: NHLS, South Africa
CTICC 2.64-2.66
Seminar 22A: Public-Private Partnerships to Expand Access to High Quality Testing Services in Africa
Hosted by: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CTICC 1.64
10:30-12:00 Seminar 22: Diagnostic challenges of acute febrile illness
Hosted by: FIND
CTICC 1.61-1.62
12:00-12:30 BREAK (lunch on your own) CTICC
12:30-14:00 Seminar 23: Implementing Nucleic Acid Testing in Blood Transfusion Services – Practical approaches – Why? and How?
Hosted by: Ilex South Africa
CTICC 1.41-1.42
Seminar 24: Cervical Cancer Screening Programs – Effective Tools and Approaches
Hosted by: Hologic
CTICC 1.43-1.44
Seminar 24A: The Merck Global Health Integrated Approach: Health Solutions for Most Vulnerable Populations
Hosted by: Merck
CTICC 1.61-1.62
Seminar 24B: The Role of Biomedical Engineers in Diagnostics
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CTICC 2.41 – 2.43
14:00-16:00 Opening Ceremony
Keynote speaker: Matshidiso Moeti, WHO Regional Director for Africa
Auditorium 1
16:00-17:30 Opening Reception Ballroom East/West and Jasminum

Time Session Type Room Location
07:00-08:30 Seminar 25: Improving Laboratory Systems in Africa via the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA)
Hosted by: ASLM
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 26: Statistical Secrets Revealed
Hosted by: African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 27: Beckman Coulter launches CARES Initiative – advancing Healthcare for everyone
Hosted by: Beckman Coulter
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 28: Mentor4TB: The Toolkit
Hosted by: American Society for Microbiology
CTICC 2.6
08:30-09:00 BREAK (breakfast on your own) CTICC
09:00-10:30 PLENARY 1:
Public Health Institutes and Global Health Security: Laboratory as a Lynch Pin
Auditorium 1
10:30-11:00 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
10:30-17:00 Exhibition and Poster Hall East/West Ballroom
11:00-12:30 Oral Session 1.1: New Technologies for Disease Control Elimination CTICC 1.4
Oral Session 1.2: Preparedness and Lessons Learned from Outbreaks CTICC 1.6
Oral Session 1.3: Emerging Trends of Antimicrobial Resistance in Africa CTICC 2.4
Oral Session 1.4: Strategies for Scaling Up Diagnostics CTICC 2.6
12:30-13:30 LUNCH & POSTER SESSIONS (pay options available in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
Oral Poster 1.1: Quality and Biosafety East/West Ballroom – Stage 1
Oral Poster 1.2: Role of Laboratory Networks in Disease Detection and Outbreak Preparedness East/West Ballroom – Stage 2
12:45-13:30 Seminar 29: Discover Change
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Hosted by: Abbott
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 29A: End-to-end Solutions for HIV Diagnostics
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Hosted by: Siemens
CTICC 2.6
Seminar 30: Injecting Insights and QC into Point of Care at the Moments of Highest Impact
Hosted by: Fio Corporation
CTICC 1.6
Seminar 30A: Uganda’s Specimen Hub Transport System: Supporting the Scale-up of Viral Load Monitoring
Hosted by: Pangaea Global AIDS and Beckman Coulter
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 30B: Hepatitis C Core Antigen Testing for Diagnosis of Hepatitis C Virus Infection
Hosted by: Daktari Diagnostics
CTICC 2.6
13:30-15:00 SPECIAL SESSION 1:
Global Health Security Needs for Africa
Auditorium 1
15:00-15:30 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
15:30-16:30 SYMPOSIUM #1:
Antimicrobial Resistance: A Global Threat
CTICC 1.4
SYMPOSIUM #2:
Global Health Security, Public Health Institutes, and Laboratory Networks
CTICC 1.6
Late Breaker Oral Session 1.1: Late Breaking News for Global Health Emergencies CTICC 2.4
Late Breaker Oral Session 1.2: Maximizing Public Health Impact Through Improved Access to and Use of Diagnostics CTICC 2.6
16:30-17:00 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
17:00-18:30 ROUND TABLE #1:
HIV Laboratory Services for 90/90/90: Lesson from the HIV Impact Assessment
TBA
ROUND TABLE #2:
Reconstruction of Health Systems Post-Ebola: 3 Years Later
CTICC 1.6
ROUND TABLE #3:
Using Vaccine-Preventable Diseases (VPD) Surveillance Networks to Strengthen Preparedness
CTICC 2.4
18:30-19:00 BREAK
19:00-20:30 Seminar 30C: From Product Selection to Reagent Rental Agreements: Supply chain Implications of Viral Load Scale-up
Hosted by: USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 30D: WHO Workshop on Post-market Surveillance of IVDs (for end-users) and External Quality Assessment Schemes
Hosted by: World Health Organization
CTICC 1.6
Seminar 30E: The Origin of Fever and Anemia in Developing Countries
Hosted by: Sysmex
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 30F: Building Laboratory Workforce Capacity in Africa through ASLM Fellowships
Hosted by: ASLM
CTICC 2.6

Time Session Type Room Location
07:00-08:30 Seminar 31: HIV viral load on the Panther System – performance from the field
Hosted by: Hologic
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 32: The Power of Q: Decentralizing HIV Early infant Diagnosis and Viral Load Testing to achieve 90-90-90 Goals
Hosted by: Alere
CTICC 1.6
Seminar 33: Distance/Non-traditional Learning Methods for Continuing Medical Education Provides Opportunities for Compliance Success in Resource Limited Countries
Hosted by: International Medical Technologies/VESSEL EDUCATION
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 34: System Strengthening: Sample Transportation and Data Management
Hosted by: ASLM, CHAI, UNITAID
CTICC 2.6
08:30-09:00 BREAK (breakfast on your own) CTICC
09:00-10:30 PLENARY 2:
The New Tidal Waves of Non-Communicable Diseases in Africa: Are the Laboratory Systems Prepared?
Auditorium 1
10:30-11:00 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
10:30-17:00 Exhibition and Poster Hall East/West Ballroom
11:00-12:30 Oral Session 2.1: Emerging Epidemics of Silent Killers in Africa CTICC 1.4
Oral Session 2.2: Novel Approaches in Cancer Diagnostics and Surveillance CTICC 1.6
Oral Session 2.3: Solutions in the Fight Against Neglected Tropical Disease CTICC 2.4
Oral Session 2.4: Surveillance and Outbreaks: Containment of a Plague CTICC 2.6
12:30-13:30 LUNCH & POSTER SESSIONS (pay options available in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
Oral Poster 2.1: Epidemiology and Detection of Chronic Diseases in Africa East/West Ballroom – Stage 1
Oral Poster 2.2: Special Issues In Non-Communicable Diseases East/West Ballroom – Stage 2
12:45-1:30 Seminar 35: Achieving 90-90-90 Targets: Integrating TB and HIV Testing
Hosted by: Cepheid
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 37: An Integrated Laboratory Response to Global Health Securities: Exploring the Gaps in Laboratory Capacity and the Tools and Resources a Community of Practice for Laboratories through Global Health Laboratories can Provide
Hosted by: The Global Health Network
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 38: Regulation of HIVST in Africa: requirements, readiness and response
Hosted by: STAR/WITS
CTICC 2.6
13:30-15:00 SPECIAL SESSION 2:
Non-Communicable Diseases & Laboratory Medicine in Africa
Auditorium 1
15:00-15:30 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
15:30-16:30 SYMPOSIUM #3:
Sleeping Giants Awaking: Viral Hepatitis and Cancers in Africa: Epidemiology, Diagnostic, and Management
CTICC 1.4
SYMPOSIUM #4:
Strengthening Systems for Pathology in Africa: Leapfrogging to Meet the Needs
CTICC 1.6
Seminar 39: Strengthening Diagnostic Networks in Africa
Hosted by: Global Laboratory Initiative for Africa (GLI Africa)
CTICC 2.6
Late Breaker Oral Session 2.1: Partnerships In Achieving Global Health Security CTICC 2.4
16:30-17:00 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
17:00-18:30 ROUND TABLE #4:
Diagnostics for the Future – Integrated Management of Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) and Infectious Diseases
CTICC 1.4
ROUND TABLE #5:
Creating Economically Viable Laboratory Capacity to Meet Health Needs in Africa – Including those of the Sustainable Development Goals
CTICC 1.6
ROUND TABLE #6:
Non-Communicable Disease Pathology in Africa
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 40: Part 1. Implementing POC Technologies for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV: Lessons Learned, Strategic Planning, Models for Scale-up, and Remaining Debates
Hosted by: EGPAF, MSF, EID Consortium/LSHTM, CHAI, ASLM
CTICC 2.6
18:30-19:00 BREAK CTICC
19:00-20:30 Seminar 41: ForLab and LabEquip: Two Essential Tools for Scaling-up Viral Load Testing
Hosted by: USAID Global Health Supply Chain Program
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 42: Assuring the quality of in vitro diagnostics (IVDs): WHO Prequalification of IVDs (PQDx) and Emergency Use Assessment and Listing (EUAL)
Hosted by: World Health Organization
CTICC 1.6
Seminar 43: Unpacking PPP’s Myths and Opportunities
Hosted by: Sysmex
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 44: Part 2. Implementing POC Technologies for Early Infant Diagnosis of HIV: Lessons Learned, Strategic Planning, Models for Scale-up, and Remaining Debates
Hosted by: EGPAF, MSF, EID Consortium/LSHTM, CHAI, ASLM
CTICC 2.6

Time Session Type Room Location
07:00-08:30 Seminar 45: Detailed summary TBA
Hosted by: ASLM
CTICC 1.4
Seminar 46: Developing Killer Presentations
Hosted by: African Journal of Laboratory Medicine
CTICC 1.6
Seminar 47: Make a booking (PDF)
Hosted by: SPACE AVAILABLE
CTICC 2.6
08:30-09:00 BREAK (breakfast on your own) CTICC
09:00-10:30 PLENARY 3:
Clinical Infectious Diseases and Laboratory Management
Auditorium 1
10:30-11:00 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
10:30-14:30 Exhibition and Poster Hall East/West Ballroom
11:00-12:30 Oral Session 3.1: Achieving International Targets and the Global Health Security Agenda CTICC 1.4
Oral Session 3.2: Quality Management Systems In Improving The Laboratory and Clinical Interface CTICC 1.6
Oral Session 3.3: Networking to Support Global Health CTICC 2.4
Oral Session 3.4: Capacity Building and Sustainability CTICC 2.6
12:30-13:30 LUNCH & POSTER SESSIONS (pay options available in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
Oral Poster 3.1: The Role of Partnerships In Improving Global Health East/West Ballroom – Stage 1
Oral Poster 3.2: Approaches for Quality Management Systems and Diagnostics East/West Ballroom – Stage 2
13:30-15:00 SYMPOSIUM #5:
Quality Management Systems and Patient Care in Africa
CTICC 1.4
SYMPOSIUM #6:
Strengthening the Interface between Diagnostics and Care: Scaling-up HIV Viral Load
CTICC 2.4
SYMPOSIUM #7:
Updates on SLIPTA and Accreditation
CTICC 2.4
Seminar 48: Make a booking (PDF)
Hosted by: SPACE AVAILABLE
CTICC 2.6
15:00-15:30 BREAK (in exhibition hall) East/West Ballroom
15:30-16:30 CLOSING SESSION Auditorium 1
16:30-17:30 AWARDS CEREMONY Auditorium 1
17:30-19:00 CLOSING RECEPTION Outside Auditorium 1