Symposium on Zika, Guillian Barre Syndrome and Microcephaly

Date: Thursday, March 17, 2016
Time 6.00-8.30 pm
Faculty of Medical Sciences, Teaching and Research Complex, Lecture Theatre 2
University of the West Indies, Mona Campus

Organizers: Ministry of Health, Jamaica; The Pan American Health Organization, and The University of the West Indies
Chairperson: Dr. Winston De La Haye, Chief Medical Officer, Ministry of Health

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Time Item

6:00-6:20 p.m.


Remarks - Dr. Noreen Jack, PAHO/WHO Representative, Jamaica, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands

Remarks – Dr. Don Rojas, Consultant to the Vice Chancellor, University of the West Indies

Greetings- Honourable Minister, Dr. Christopher Tufton, Minister of Health, Jamaica

6:20 p.m.-6:40 p.m. Zika and arbovirus surveillance, microcephaly and birth defects- recent evidence and implications for health systems
Dr Stephane Hugonnet, Medical Officer, Global Preparedness, Surveillance and Response, WHO
6:40 p.m.-7:00 p.m. Zika and neurological disease-recent evidence and implications for health systems
Professor Gabriel Cea, Neurologist, Department of Neurological Sciences, University of Chile and PAHO Consultant
7:00 p.m.-7:20 p.m. Surveillance of emerging viruses in The Americas: The Role of the Laboratory". General concepts and epidemiological background, Laboratory detection surveillance
Dr. Juliana Leite, Consultant PAHO/WHO
7:20 p.m.-7:40 p.m. Opportunities for research in Microcephaly- Lessons from HIV-Research
Professor Celia Christie-Samuels, University of the West Indies
7:40 p.m.-8:00 p.m. ChikV and ZikV Research Technical Working Group in Jamaica
Dr. Karen Webster, Ministry of Health, Jamaica
8:00 p.m.-8:25 p.m. Panel Discussion-Questions and Answers-
All presenters
8:25 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Thank you and Closure –
Dr. Melody Ennis, Ministry of Health, Jamaica


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