Plenary Speakers 2016 | Symposia Presenters
Confirmed speakers include the following Plenary presenters

A/Professor Randall Olsen - Application of NGS in the Clinical Laboratory
Houston Methodist Research Institute | Houston Methodist Hospital | Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

The research in the Olsen laboratory is focused on studying the molecular pathogenesis of invasive group A Streptococcus (GAS) infections such as necrotizing fasciitis (NF, also termed the "flesh eating infection"). During the past several years, there have been marked advances in the study of GAS genetics and epidemiology, but overall knowledge of the key molecular pathways and host-pathogen interactions mediating GAS virulence in invasive deep soft tissue infections remains largely incomplete.

After completing his fellowship in hematopathology, Dr. Olsen became an Instructor in Houston Methodist Research Institute. He was recently awarded a Fellow-to-Faculty transition award from the American Heart Association to investigate virulence genetics in group A Streptococcus. The study will focus on why certain strains are more capable of causing necrotizing fasciitis, or the devastating “flesh eating” disease. He is a member of several professional societies.

Major Research Areas: Group A Streptococcus, necrotizing fasciitis, invasive infection, pathogen-host interactions, microbial virulence

Professor Stephen Baker - enteric infections
Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford
Research Area: Global Health | Technology Exchange: Bioinformatics |
Scientific Themes: Tropical Medicine & Global Health and Tropical Medicine & Global Health
Keywords: Enteric infections

Stephen Baker is a Wellcome Trust/Royal Society funded molecular microbiologist based at the Wellcome Trust Major overseas programme (WT-MOP) in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. He has been at the WT-MOP since November 2007 and is the head of the enteric infections research group. He holds an Oxford University research lecturer position. His group studies the microbiology, genetics, epidemiology and treatment of enteric infections in developing countries. Focal pathogens include Norovirus, Shigella spp. and Salmonella Typhi, the causative agents of diarrhea, dysentery and typhoid fever, respectively.

Over the past 20 years, research from the NDM (Nuffield Department of Medicine) has led to changes in world health policy and clinical practice guidelines on a national and global scale. NDM has also undertaken research, which has led to lasting clinical and medical impacts, such as the development of new vaccines, drugs and clinical technology for the diagnosis, treatment, and control of disease and medical disorders.

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