Tuesday 28 May 2019
Faculty of Health Sciences Yearly Symposium "Bacterial Antibiotic Resistance in Vulnerable Populations"

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A panel of national, regional and international experts will discuss the problem of bacterial antibiotic resistance in the Syrian refugee population and its effect on the host one. Advanced molecular epidemiology tools will be highlighted in this symposium to mitigate the adverse effects of antibiotic resistance spreading.


Dr. Ziad Daoud, University of Balamand



Dr. Ziad Daoud is a Professor of Clinical Microbiology at the University of Balamand and head of the clinical microbiology laboratory at KMC and CHN, Lebanon. Dr. Daoud is a Fellow in Antimicrobial Stewardship at Tufts Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston- USA and Ambassador for the American Society for Microbiology in Lebanon. Dr. Daoud received his Pharm D from Complutense University of Madrid and his PhD from Complutense University of Madrid and Institut Pasteur, France. Dr. Daoud has more than 60 publications in international peer-reviewed journals. His current research focuses on studying the phenotypic and genotypic bacterial resistance in the One Health Context, from animals, to environment, to humans. In addition to epidemiological studies aiming at controlling the spread of antimicrobial resistance in the hospital and community and studying the composition of the human gut flora and the identification of new microbial genera and species using the culturomics techniques.


Dr. Alissar Rady, World Health Organization (WHO)



Dr Alissar Rady is the Senior National Professional Officer at WHO Lebanon Office and head of the technical team.

Dr. Rady started her career as a Family Physician then shifted to Public Health as manager of HIV program in 1994 at WHO. She then served as a medical officer at WHO Lebanon for 4 years before moving to work as an international expert with several UN agencies, including the World Bank, the International Labour Organization, UNFPA, and UNICEF regional offices.

Dr. Rady has several publications in the area of public health, including peer reviewed articles, and has contributed to the development of four national guidebooks. She is solicited to supervise Master students in public health at three universities, and offers selected lectures in all Public Health schools in Lebanon.


Dr. Asaad Kadhum, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)



Dr. Asaad Kadhum is the UNHCR Senior Public Health Officer Chief of Health in Lebanon. He is a public health expert with experience in health programs design, implementation and monitoring for refugees and populations in emergencies. He has worked on the Syrian crisis since 2012 in different countries within the MENA region including Lebanon, Syria and Jordan. He has previous experience in Horn of Africa and Southern Africa, with expertise in health programs design and refugee health, among other areas. He holds a Bachelor of medicine, Bachelor of surgery (MBChB) from Al Mustansiriya University, and Master of Peace Keeping Management (MSc) from the University of Torino, and a Diploma in Public Health (PGDip) from the University of Manchester.


Dr. Lee Riley, University of California, Berkeley



Dr. Lee Riley is a UC Berkeley professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Riley earned his B.A. in Philosophy at Stanford University and completed medical school at the University of California, San Francisco. After his residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in internal medicine, Dr. Riley joined the Epidemic Intelligence Service of the Enteric Diseases Branch of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He also served as Laboratory Project Manager with the India Biomedical Support Project, organized by the WHO, after which he joined Cornell University Medical College as a professor of medicine in 1990. He became a tenured professor of medicine in 1994, and in 1996 joined the University of California, Berkeley to be professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases. He also serves as Chair of the UC Berkeley School of Public Health, Division of Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology. Dr. Riley’s travels to investigate diseases around the world reinforced for him the relationship between slum conditions and a whole range of diseases. Realizing that the root causes of these diseases remained largely unknown inspired him to become an early leader of a new medical discipline: molecular epidemiology.




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