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WEBINAR: “Global Status of Monkeypox Outbreak & How Asia Can Be Prepared”
Since the declaration of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monkeypox on 23rd July 2022, the global cases of Monkeypox have risen to over 50,000 and are now detected in over 90 countries where it has not been previously seen. Recognising the public health risk Monkeypox poses, the Duke-NUS Centre for Outbreak Preparedness is hosting a global health webinar.
The webinar keynote will present the global status of Monkeypox and the significance of declaring a PHEIC. A panel discussion comprising experts in infectious diseases and global health will discuss the epidemiology, the latest updates in therapeutics and vaccines for Monkeypox and finally on how Asia can be prepared to face this outbreak through global and regional health systems.
The panel discussion will cover:
- Epidemiology of Monkeypox
- Latest updates on therapeutics & vaccines
- How global health systems can be improved in pandemic preparedness
- How Asia can be prepared
Dr Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe (WHO SEARO)
Asst. Prof Ruklanthi (Rukie) de Alwis (Duke-NUS Centre for Outbreak Preparedness)
- Dr Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe (WHO SEARO)
- A/Prof Lim Poh Lian (National Centre for Infectious Diseases, Singapore)
- Dr Adesola Yinka-Oguleye (Nigeria Centre for Disease Control)
- A/Prof Tan Boon Huan (DSO National Laboratories and Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine, NTU, Singapore)
Dr Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe
Programme Area Manager (Infectious Hazard Management)
Dr Pushpa Ranjan Wijesinghe is a board-certified consultant in Community Medicine and is currently the Program Area Manager for Infectious Hazard Management at the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme in the South East Asia region (SEARO). Under the emergency response framework of WHO, he leads the Health Operations Pillar and is also the Incident Manager for monkeypox response and alternate Incident Manager in WHO SEARO’s COVID 19 response. Prior to his current position he worked in the Immunization and Vaccines Development unit at SEARO, at the WHO Country Office for Democratic People’s Republic of Korea and as a consultant Epidemiologist in the Ministry of Health, Sri Lanka.
Dr Wijesinghe is a medical graduate from the former USSR, with an MD and MSC in Community Medicine from the University of Colombo. He completed his post doctoral training at the University of Otago and also has a Master’s in epidemiology and bio security from the Massey University of New Zealand.
In his current position, Dr Wijesinghe is responsible for coordinating preparedness, response and networking for risk profiling/risk mapping, risk assessment, risk mitigation, and risk prevention in terms of high threat pathogens in the context of resilient health systems for national and regional health security in WHO SEARO.
A/Prof Lim Poh Lian
Director, High Level Isolation Unit
Associate Professor Poh Lian Lim is Director for the High-Level Isolation Unit at the National Centre for Infectious Diseases in Singapore, and Head of the Travelers’ Health and Vaccination Clinic at Tan Tock Seng Hospital.
Prof Lim is a member of the WHO SAGE working group for Smallpox Vaccines and helped write the MOH-NCID guidance for monkeypox management, and the ACAM2000 and JYNNEOS vaccination guidance for Singapore. She also helped identify the first monkeypox case in Singapore in 2019, in a traveller from Nigeria.
Prof Lim is the recent Chair of the Technical Advisory Group for the WHO Health Security Interface, and has been an advisor on biothreats, mass gatherings, dual use research of concern, and emerging technologies. She is the current Chair of the Independent Allocation of Vaccines Group for the COVAX Facility, and a member of Singapore’s Expert Committee on COVID-19 Vaccinations (EC19V).
Prof Lim has been active in outbreak response and preparedness since 2003, when she was a frontline ID physician during the SARS outbreak. She has served on MOH, WHO and UN taskforces for outbreaks and global health crises, in addition to extensive work in medical education, ID specialist training, antimicrobial resistance, HIV clinical trials, and travel medicine.
A/Prof Tan Boon Huan
Defence Medical Research and Environment Institute, DSO National Laboratories
Associate Prof, Respiratory and Infectious Disease Program
Lee Kong Chian School of Medicine
Assoc Prof Tan is the Distinguished Research Scientist for the Biological Defence Program in Defence Medical Research and Environment Institute, DSO National Laboratories. A molecular virologist by training, Assoc Prof Tan’s research interest is in Virology, in particular, detection and characterisation of respiratory viruses that are of importance in clinical bio-defence and military public health.
Assoc Prof Tan has more than 30 years of research experience with a track record of publications. She has received several awards for her technical role during September 11, SARs crisis, pandemic H1N1, and the current COVID 19 pandemic; with the latest being the Defence Technology Prize in 2020. In the response to the COVID crisis, Assoc Prof was the lead scientist to coordinate the R&D efforts that DSO was involved in, providing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions that obtained HSA approvals and clinical trials.
Assoc Prof Tan was awarded the university research scholarship in 1990 to pursue her PhD in Dengue virus replication at the National University of Singapore. She graduated in 1996 and completed two post-doctoral fellowships at the University of Oxford and University of Birmingham, UK.
In 2019, she took over as the chair of Institutional Biosafety Committee (Biological Agent) to oversee biosafety and biosecurity. Between 2014 to 2021, she was the Director of Biological Defence Program where she was responsible for the management of the R&D activities in Biological Defence for the Singapore Armed Forces.
Assoc Prof Tan is currently an Associate Professor to the Respiratory and Infectious Disease Program, LKC School of Medicine, Nanyang Technological University where she oversees the training of undergraduates and postgraduates in the area of virology. She also holds a visiting scientist appointment with the NCID where she is a technical consultant on virus-related initiatives.
Dr Adesola Yinka-Ogunleye
Dr Adesola Yinka-Ogunleye is an infectious disease Epidemiologist. She is a 2018/2019 Fellow of the African Public Health Leaders Fellowship, Chatham House, United Kingdom.
Adesola has extensive experience in disease surveillance and public health response to infectious diseases. Her research interest includes infectious disease transmission and One Health Approach in Disease control. She led the Nigeria response to monkeypox resurgence between 2017 and 2020. Her works are published in peer-reviewed journals.