ICOPHAI 2017 Scientific Program



                      Scientific Program                                                   Abstract Booklet


Monday November 6, 2017

Qatar University Biomedical

Research Center






Ministry of Public Health

Pre-congress workshop:

Exposure and Toxicological Characteristics of Chemical Agents in the Environment


Lead Instructors:

Michael Bisesi PhD Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor, The Ohio State University;

Jeff Obbard, PhD- Director of Environmental Sciences, Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University


Pre-congress workshop:

One Health Approach to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR)


Lead Instructors:

Dr. Nahla Sharaf & Dr. Eman Radwan – Ministry of Public Health

Dr. Jameela Ali A.A. Al Ajmi 




4th ICOPHAI Main Congress Program

Master of Ceremonies- Hadi Yassine - Qatar Univ.

Mistress of Ceremonies - Ashley Bersani- Ohio State Univ.


Tuesday November 7, 2017 (Day One)



07:30- 5:00


On-Site Registration



08:15 -09:00

Welcome/Opening Address

·      QU leadership- Dr. Hassan Al-Derham( QU president)

·      Ministry of Public Health - Hamad Al Romaihi 

·      OSU representative- Prof. Rustin Moore (Dean, CVM)

·      ICOPHAI leadership- Chair (Prof. Wondwossen Gebreyes)




Keynote moderator- Hadi Yassine/ Asmaa Al Thani


Keynote Address by Roberto Bertollini, MD, MPH, Advisor for the Minister of Public Health, Government of Qatar


Title: Environmental changes and their impact on global health



10:00- 10:30


Refreshments and Networking





Special Session:

Zika Virus, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases


Session chairs: Laith Abu-Raddad (Weill Cornell Medicine Qatar) and Mohammed Mohammed Al-Hajri (Ministry of Public Health, Qatar)






Lead special session speaker: Larry Schlesinger, MD President and CEO Texas Biomedical Institute, San Antonio, TX, USA







Oral Presentation 0.1


Title: Crimean Congo Hemorrhagic Fever among the One-Humped Camel (Camelus dromedaries) in Central Sudan.


Presenter: Imadeldin Aradaib, aradaib@uofk.edu, Molecular Biology Laboratory (MBL), Department of Clinical Medicine, University of Khartoum, Khartoum North, Sudan





Oral Presentation 0.2


Title: Dengue and Chikungunya in the Middle East and North Africa: A Systematic Review.

1.     Presenter: John Humphrey, john.m.humphrey@gmail.com, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, United States




Oral Presentation 0.3


Title: Challenges to Control Ebola in West Africa: A Review

1.     Presenter: Tadesse Delele, PhD; tadeguade2@gmail.com, Associate Professor of Public Health, Gondar, Ethiopia




Oral Presentation 0.4


Title: Corona viruses detected in bats of Rwanda: diversity at human–wild life interfaces and a call for one health approach.

1.     Presenter: Julius Nziza, DVM, nzizavet@gmail.com, Gorilla doctors, Rwanda program, Musanze, Rwanda



Lunch and Networking


1:00-1:30: Poster Discussions- Zika Virus, Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases





Plenary Session 1: Parasitic and Environmental Zoonoses

Session Chairs: Marawan A.M. Abou Madi (Assoc. Prof. Parasitology, Head of Dept. of Biomedical Sciences, Qatar University) and

Marty Kress (Director Global Water Institute, Ohio State University)






Lead Speaker: Filipe Dantas-Torres, MV, MSc, DSc, PhD, FRES, Dipl. EVPC; Oswaldo-Cruz Foundation, Brazil


Title: Climate Change, biodiversity, ticks and tick-borne diseases: The Butterfly Effect






Oral Presentation 1.1


Title: Molecular characterization of Echinococcus granulosus s.l. cysts from cattle, camels, goats and pigs in Ethiopia


Presenter: Benti Deresa Gelalcha, bentijc@gmail.com, Jimma University, Ethiopia, Jimma, Ethiopia





Oral Presentation 1.2


Title: A rapid, sensitive and low-cost real-time PCR assay for the detection of Leishmania infantum and Leishmania braziliensis kinetoplast DNA in canine blood samples


Presenter: Kamila Sales, kamilasalesg@gmail.com, Department of Immunology, Aggeu Magalhães Institute, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Recife, Brazil





Oral Presentation 1.3


Title: Role of Cattle in the Epidemiology of Echinococcus granulosus sensu lato in Central Sudan


Presenter: Imadeldin Aradaib, aradaib@uofk.edu, Echinoccosis Research Center, Al-Neelain Institute for Medical Research (NIMR),Faculty of Medicine, Al-Neelain University, Khartoum, Sudan | Center of Tropical Medicine and Travel Medicine, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, Netherlands.





Oral Presentation 1.4


Title: Understanding the Risk of Bat-Borne Zoonotic Diseases


Presenter: Nesreen Alhmoud, Nesreen.Alhmoud@rss.jo Director of Biosafety and Biosecurity Center | Royal Scientific Society, Amman, Jordan





Refreshments and Networking Break / Poster Discussions (Parasitic & Environmental Zoonoses/ One health and impact on climate change)







Plenary Session 2: One health and impact on climate change

Session chairs- Michael Bisesi PhD Sr. Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor, The Ohio State University;

and Walid Alali Associate Professor of Epidemiology, College of Food and Agriculture, United Arab Emirates University





Oral Presentation 2.1


Title: The Influence of Weather Patterns on Biodiversity and Health in Uganda


Presenter: Fredrick Kabbale, MSc, fredrickkabbale@yahoo.co.uk, Makerere University, Kamuli, Uganda




Oral Presentation 2.2


Title: Epidemiology of hepatitis C virus among hemodialysis patients in the Middle East and North Africa: systematic syntheses, meta-analyses, and meta-regressions

1.     Presenter: Manale Harfouche, MPH, mah2064@qatar-med.cornell.edu, Infectious Disease Epidemiology Group, Weill Cornell Medicine-Qatar, Cornell University, Qatar Foundation - Education City, Doha, Qatar, Doha, Qatar




Oral Presentation 2.3


Title: Why is Environmental Risk Assessment and Environmental Risk Management lagging behind?

1.     Presenter: Salome Margaret Molefe, molefe.mabunda@gmail.com, National Department of Environmental Affairs, Pretoria, South Africa




Oral Presentation 2.4


Title: Influenza viruses in backyard poultry, pigs, and people in pig rearing communities in northwestern Bangladesh, 2014-2016

1.     Presenter: Shamim Sarkar, shamim.sarkar08@gmail.com, Programme for Emerging Infections, Infectious Diseases Division, icddr,b, Dhaka, Bangladesh




Panel Discussion: “Environmental Challenges and Impact on Global Health”


Panel moderator: Nicole Kraft (USA)

Panelists: Lauro Santos (Brazil), Salome Margaret Molefe (Republic of South Africa), Walid Alali (UAE), Sylvain Quessy (Canada)




End of scientific session- Day One






Introduction by featured sponsor- Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)

Dr. Muna Al Maslamani, Medical Director of the Communicable Disease Center


Speaker: William Brustein, Vice President, West Virginia University, USA.

Title: Immigration and Nativism in America: Opened and Closed Doors



Wednesday November 8, 2017 (Congress Day Two)




On-Site Registration





Plenary Session 3: Innovative Capacity Building, e-Learning and Outreach approaches.


Session chairs: Joshua Amimo (University of Nairobi, Kenya)

 and Essam Abdelalim (Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar)






Lead Speaker: Nicole Kraft, Clinical Assistant Professor, School of Communication, The Ohio State University


Title: Global One (Tech) Health: How technology guides education, research and outreach.






Oral Presentation 3.1


Title: Bovine Tuberculosis infection in pastoral cattle and wildlife at livestock-wildlife interface of the Greater Ruaha ecosystem, Tanzania


Presenter: Julius Medardus, juliusjhn@yahoo.com, College of Veterinary and Medical Sciences, Sokoine University of Agriculture, Morogoro, Tanzania.






Oral Presentation 3.2


Title: Gastro-intestinal parasites infections in mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) of Rwanda Volcanoes National Park: One Health Implications

1.     Presenter: Richard S. Gashururu, gasirich@yahoo.fr, University of Rwanda, school of veterinary medicine, Nyagatare, Rwanda





Oral Presentation 3.3


Title: In vitro antimycobacterial activity and cytotoxicity of selected medicinal plants against pathogenic and non-pathogenic mycobacterial strains


Presenter: Joseph Mwanzia Nguta, joseph.nguta@uonbi.ac.ke, Department of Public Health, Pharmacology and Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya, Nairobi, Kenya






Oral Presentation 3.4


Title: Diversity and antibiotic resistance profiles of Escherichia coli strains from migratory bird (Branta leucopis) and Reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) reveals dissemination of multi drug resistant (MDR) E. coli to pristine arctic environment

1.     Presenter: Hatha Mohamed Abdulla, mohamedhatha@gmail.com, Department of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry, Cochin University of Science and Technology, Cochin, India




Refreshments and Networking (Poster Discussions- Innovative Capacity Building)






Plenary Session 4: Antimicrobial Resistance and Drug Related Issues


Session Chairs: Lauro Filho Santos (Brazil)

and Nahla Sharaf (Ministry of Public Health, Qatar)







Lead Speaker: Satoru Suzuki, PhD Ehime University, Matsuyama, Japan Professor of Microbiology Division of Aquatic Biosciences Center for Marine Environmental Studies (CMES)Laboratory of Marine Molecular Ecology (MME)


Title: Aquatic environments as a reservoir of antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs)





Oral Presentation 4.1


Title: Global trends in antimicrobial consumption in food animals


Presenter: Thomas Van Boeckel, thomas.vanboeckel@env.ethz.ch, ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland | Princeton, Princeton, United States






Oral Presentation 4.2


Title: National Action Plan to Combat AMR in the State of Qatar Using “One health” Approach


Presenter: Nahla Sharaf nsharaf@moph.gov.qa and Eman Radwan, Ministry of Public Health - Healthcare Quality and Patient safety Department, Doha, Qatar






Oral Presentation 4.3


Title: Identification of potential drivers for antimicrobial resistance and screening for genetic basis of resistance in E. coli strains obtained from people with a recent history of diarrhea and/or fever residing along the Lake Victoria basin of Western Kenya 

1.     Presenter: John Kiiru, kyirow@gmail.com, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Nairobi, Kenya




Oral Presentation 4.4


Title: Detection of BLAKPC-2 and fosA genes in Enterobacteriaceae isolated from urban river in Paraiba, Brazil.


Presenter: Lauro Filho Santos, lauro.santos@superig.com.br, Federal University of Paraiba, João Pessoa, Brazil | Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences; João Pessoa, Brazil




Lunch and Networking


1:30-2:00 Poster Discussions: Antimicrobial resistance and Drug Related Issues






Plenary Session 5: Biosecurity, Biodefense, and Disaster Response

Session Chairs: Tahra El-Obeid (Prof. College of Health Sciences, Qatar University)

and Getnet Yimer (Global One Health initiative, Ohio State University)





Lead speaker: Barbara Kowalcyk, kowalcyk.1@osu.edu, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, | RTI International, Research Triangle Park, United States | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Rome, Italy


Title: Ranking food safety risks: a guided approach





Plenary Speaker 5: Douglas T. Shinsato, JD, MBA, Board of Regents, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA.


Title: Bio-Security, Silos and Solutions









Oral Presentation 5.1


Title: Promoting “One Health” approach implementation governance and response capacity approaches against emerging zoonotic threats and outbreaks in Africa

1.     Presenter: Ernest Tambo, tambo0711@gmail.com, Africa Disease Intelligence and Surveillance, Communication and Response Institute, Yaounde, Cameroon, Yaounde, Cameroon | Higher Institute for Health sciences,Universite des Montagnes, Bangangte, Cameroon




Oral Presentation 5.2


Title: High Mortality from Blood Stream Infection in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Is Due to Antimicrobial Resistance


Presenter: Tewodros Ayele, teddyts2000@yahoo.com, Gondar University, Gondar, Ethiopia





Oral Presentation 5.3


Title: How South Africa respond to environmental risks of concern with acute and long-term chronic risks

1.     Presenter: Margaret Salome Molefe, Molefe.Mabunda@gmail.com, National Department of Environmental Affairs, Directorate: Hazardous Chemicals Management, South Africa | Paraclinical Science: Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa




Oral Presentation 5.4


Title: Assessment of KAP, economic and public health burden of Anthrax in selected outbreak hit areas of Jimma zone


Presenter: Feyissa Begna Deressa, feyissa.begna@yahoo.com, Jimma University College of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine, Jimma, Ethiopia



04:00- 05:00

Refreshments and Networking Break


Poster Discussions (Biosecurity and Biodefense and Pathogenesis, Vaccine Development and metagenomic Technologies)






End of Day 2- Scientific session


Cultural Outing in Doha



Thursday November 9, 2017 (Day Three)





Plenary Session 6: Pathogenesis, Vaccine Development and metagenomic Technologies

Session Chairs: Shu-Hua Wang (Dept of Internal Medicine, Infectious Disease Unit, Ohio State University)

and Hadi Yassine (Qatar University)





08:30– 09:15


Lead Speaker: Barney S. Graham, M.D., Ph.D. Vaccine Research Center, Viral Pathogenesis Laboratory and Translational Science Core, The National Institutes of Health, USA

Title: Anti-viral vaccine development: Preparing for the next pandemic






Oral Presentation 6.1


Title: Point-of-Care Lionex and Lipoarabinomannan (LAM) antigen tests and rapid Tuberculosis detection in cattle using non-invasive samples

1.     Presenter: Sarah Waibel, waibel.15@osu.edu, Department of Preventive Medicine, The Ohio State University, Columbus, United States





Oral Presentation 6.2


Title: Characterization of diverse novel porcine astroviruses in East African smallholder piglets

1.     Presenter: Joshua Amimo, jamimo@uonbi.ac.ke,  University of Nairobi, Kenya | Biosciences east and central Africa - International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, Kenya





Oral Presentation 6.3


Title: Tumor Necrosis factor -308 gene polymorphism and risk of Plasmodium Falcifarum malaria infection among poeple living in Denbia wereda, Northwest Ethiopia


Presenter: Nega Berhane Tessema tesnega@yahoo.com, Department of Biotechnology, College of Natural and computational Sciences, University of Gondar, Ethiopia






Oral Presentation 6.4


Title: Detection and Phylogenetic Genotyping of Epstein Barr Virus (EBV) Among Blood Donors in Qatar


Presenter: Maria Smatti Khalid,  msmatti@qu.edu.qa, Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar




Refreshments and Networking


Poster Discussions- Food-borne and Water-borne Diseases





Plenary Session 7: Food-borne and Water-borne Diseases

Session Chairs: Barbara Kowalcyk and Sylvain Quessy




10:45 -11:30


Lead Speaker: Manon Racicot DVM, PhD; Adjunct Professor, University of Montreal, St. Hyacinth, Canada.


Title: Food Safety from Farm to Fork: A Behavioral Perspective






Oral Presentation 7.1


Title: Comparative Genotypic Analysis of Major Virulence Factors of Salmonella Strains Isolated Along the Beef Chain in Mexico

1.     Presenter: Enrique Delgado Suárez, enriquedelgado.suarez@gmail.com, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Zootechnics, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico




Oral Presentation 7.2


Title: Seroprevalence of Toxoplasma gondii infection among HIV-positive and HIV-negative Subjects in the Khartoum State, Sudan


Presenter: Abdalla Ibrahim, abdallami79772@gmail.com, Department of Parasitology, College of Veterinary Medicine, Abrar University, Mogadishu, Somalia




12:00- 12:15

Oral Presentation 7.3


Title: The Canadian Food Inspection Agency Establishment-based Risk Assessment model: How to allocate inspection resources to highest-risk areas?

Presenter: Sylvain Quessy, sylvain.quessy@umontreal.ca, Faculté de médecine vétérinaire, Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Canada




Oral Presentation 7.4


Title: A one year study of diversity/evolution of Listeria monocytogenes strains in slaughterhouses and meat facilities in province of Quebec: genomic characterization of virulence and resistance.


Presenter: Tamazight Cherifi, ctamazight@gmail.com, Chaire de recherche en salubrité des viandes, Faculté de médecine vétèrinaire, Université de Montréal, Saint-Hyacinthe, Qc, Canada





12:30 -01:00



CLOSING Ceremony and Bidding for ICOPHAI 2019

·      2019 Bidding presentation (10 min.)

·      Closing remarks:

o   Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC)- 10 min.

§   Dr. Abdullatif Al Khal

o   ICOPHAI Scientific and Organizing chairs (5 min each)

§  Scientific planning- Prof. Sylvain Quessy

§  Organizing committee- Dr. Hadi Yassine