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Addis Ababa The International Neuroinfectious Disease Conference, sponsored in part by the ISNV, was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on February 27-28, 2010. The meeting covered topics relevant to neuroinfectious diseases and conditions prevalent in Africa, including HIV/AIDS, neuroAIDS, tuberculosis, cerebral malaria, bacterial meningitis, and viral encephalitis. In conjunction with the meeting, the ISNV supported local participants through ISNV International Travel Fellowships and a meeting speaker as an ISNV International Scholar. The ISNV also sponsored, in part, an outreach program to engage the Ethiopian community in matters related to HIV/AIDS and other communicable diseases.

This conference was held following a 2-day course titled "Neurology for Non-Neurologists". The course, which was organized by Drs. James Bower (Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA), Enawgaw Mehari (People to People, Inc., Morehead, Kentucky, USA), and the Addis Ababa University Department of Neurology, was offered on February 24-26, 2010, in Addis Ababa. View the conference brochure.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

8:00 am - 9:10 am


Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Hon. Health Minister



Fuad Temam, President, Ethiopian Medical Association



Eugene Major, NINDS/NIH



Lynn Pulliam, President, ISNV



Enawgaw Mehari, P2P



Mehila Zebenigus, Neurology Department




9:15 am - 2:30 pm

Theme I

Viral Infections



Moderators: Peter Kennedy and Getahun Mengistu

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Redda Tekle Haimanot


10:00 am - 10:30 am

Coffee Break and
Art Presentations


10:30 am - 11:15 am

Richard Johnson

Viral Encephalitis

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

Avindra Nath

Neurological complications of HIV

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Lunch and Art Presentations




Moderators: David Clifford and Enawgaw Mehari

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Joseph Berger


1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Eugene Major

Pathophysiology and lab diagnosis of viral infections




2:30 pm - 6:00 pm

Theme II

Bacterial and fungal infections



Moderators: Lynn Pulliam and Joan Berman

2:30 pm - 3:15 pm

Zenebe Melaku


3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Coffee Break and
Art Presentations


3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Allen Aksamit

Bacterial meningitis

4:30 pm - 5:15 pm

Joseph Berger

Fungal meningitis




5:15 pm - 6:15 pm

Local Neurology Residents

Case presentations

Sunday, February 28, 2010

8:00 am - 11:00 am

Theme III

Parasitic infections and leprosy



Moderators: Allen Aksamit and Mehila Zebenigus

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Wakgari Deressa and
Daniel Fekade

Cerebral malaria (file 2)

8:45 am - 9:30 am

Peter Kennedy

African trypanosomiasis

9:30 am - 10:15 am

David Clifford

Cerebral toxoplasmosis

10:15 am - 11:00 am

Elizabeth Bizuneh


11:00 am - 11:30 am

Coffee Break





11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Workshop I

Neuro-ID training and education



Coordinators: Getahun Mengistu, James Bower, Peter Kennedy




12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Workshop II

Research Opportunities



Coordinators: Lynn Pulliam, Joan Berman,
Enawgaw Mehari




12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Local Neurology Residents

Case presentations




1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Closing Remarks