8.30-9.00 Registration of delegates and speakers
9.00-9.15 Welcome addresses

Director of CDR

Dean, Faculty of Medicine Sciences


Over-view of the research collaborations                                  

Chairpersons: Dr. Geethani Galagoda, Head of Laboratory, LHD

9.15 – 9.30 TBA Mike Catton: Director of VIDRL
9.30 – 10.15 TBA Julian Druce: Head, Virus Identification Laboratory, VIDRL
10.15 – 10.45 Epidemiology of dengue in Sri Lanka Hasitha Tissera

Director, National Dengue Control Unit

10.45 – 11.15 Morning tea
Identification strategies of viral diseases

Chairpersons: Prof. Ng Mah Lee: NUS, Singapore

11.15-   11.45 WHO Global Flavivirus molecular panel Torsten Theis

Senior Hospital Scientist RCPAQAP Biosecurity, Australia

11.45 – 12.15 Nanopore technology in viral identification Lakmal Jayasinghe

Director, Oxford Nanopore Technologies, UK

12.15 – 12.45 Virus identification strategies Julian Druce. Head, Virus Identification Laboratory, VIDRL
12.45-   1.15 Role of Serology in virus identification Suellen Nicholson. Head of Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, VIDRL
1.15 –   2.15    





Other emerging viral disease

Chairperson: Dr. Kushlani Jayathileke, Consultant Microbiologist and President, Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

2.15 – 2.45 Overview on zoonotic diseases of human importance Hans Netter

Adjunct Medical Scientist, VIDRL

2.45 – 3.15 Unusual presentations in dengue Ananda Wijewickrama.

Senior Consultant Physician,

National Institute of Infectious Diseases

3.15-3.45 Dengue as a cause of necrotising panophthalmitis Chameera Bandara. Oculoplasty surgeon, Eye Hospital, Colombo
3.45 – 4.15 Hanta virus infection in Sri Lanka Rohitha Muthugala Consultant Virologist, Teaching Hospital Kandy
4.15-4.45 Tea
Poster sessions/breakout sessions with speakers


4.45 – 5.45 Poster sessions and breakout sessions with speakers
21st September 2018
Pathogenesis of dengue and flavivirus infections

Chairperson: Dr. Rajiva de Silva, Consultant Immunologist, Head, Immunology Laboratory, MRI

9.00 – 9.30 Immunology of dengue infection Katja Fink. Principal Investigator, Singapore Immunology Network
9.30 – 10.00 NS1 antibody responses to dengue Neelika Malavige. Centre for Dengue Research
10.00 – 10-30 Infectious causing GBS Umapathy Thirugnanam. National Neuroscience Institute, Singapore
10.30 – 11.00


Morning Tea
Flavivirus infections and Vaccines

Chairperson: Prof Sirimali Fernando, Chairperson, National Science Foundation

11.00 – 11.30 Designer Dengue Vaccine Candidate: Neutralisation without Enhancement Navin Khanna. Group leader, Recombinant gene products, ICGEB, New Delhi
11.30 – 12.00 JE vaccine Vijaya Sachidanandam. Group leader, Recombinant gene products, ICGEB, New Delhi
12.30-1.00 Pathogenesis of Zika Fok-Moon Lum, Senior Scientist, A star, Singapore
1.00-2.00 Lunch
Other viral emerging disease


2.00-2.30 Polio in sewage Mike Catton, Director VIDRL
2.30-3.15 Strengthening research partnerships. Breakout sessions in 4 groups
3.15-3.30 Concluding remarks Mike Catton. Director VIDRL
3.30 – 4.00 Afternoon tea
Poster sessions/breakout sessions with speakers


4.00 – 5.30 Poster sessions and breakout sessions with speakers