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Weekly Schedule For the week of 25 March 2012

1. Training/Workshops:

27 March: 8:30am-02:00pm. First International Symposium on “Gullian-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in Bangladesh: Past, Present and Future Perspective” at Milon Hall, Block – B, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU). The symposium will be organized and facilitated bythe Emerging Diseases & Immunobiology group of Centre for Food and Waterborne Diseases (CFWD), icddr,b, and the Society of Neurologists of Bangladesh.

2. Absence from the Centre (on mission/leave):

22 March-10 May:  Dr. W. Abdullah Brooks, Head, Kamalapur Urban Surveillance Site, CCD will attend "the XIV International Symposium on Respiratory Viruses in Istanbul on 23 - 26 March", "the Expert Advisory Group Meeting on GAVI's Research Agenda in Geneva on 2 - 3 April", "the PERCH Executive Committee meeting in Baltimore on 1-3 May"; 4-10 May - work from JHU, Baltimore, USA.  In his absence, Dr. Doli Goswami will be the Acting Head, Kamalapur Urban Surveillance Site, CCD.

25-29 March: Dr. K.  Zaman, Senior Scientist and Epidemiologist, Centre for Child & Adolescent Health (CCAH) will attend as invited speaker the 4th Annual World Congress of Vaccine-2012, Beijing, China.

26-31 March: Dr. Peter Kim Streatfield, Director, Centre for Population, Urbanization and Climate Change will attend a meeting in Bohol, Philippines.

3. New staff and Visitors to icddr,b:

25 – 28 March: Dr. Bart C. Jacobs, Professor of Neurology & Immunology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands and Prof. Nobuhiro Yuki, Departments of Microbiology and Medicine, National University of Singapore, Singapore will attend the First International Symposium on “Gullian-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in Bangladesh: Past, Present and Future Perspective”.

25-30 March: Ms. Kathy Hancock,  Ms. Zhunan Li, Mr. Daniel Jernigan, Mr. Joseph Miller and Mr. Andrew Phipps, Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, Atlanta, USA - to perform a site visit of the avian influenza surveillance activities and to discuss the future possibilities for testing of influenza rapid diagnostics in Bangladesh, in the Respiratory Viruses Research Group, CCD.

25-30 March: Dr. Hubert Ph. Endtz, Professor of Tropical Bacteriology, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, The Netherlands, to attend the First International Symposium on “Gullian-Barré Syndrome (GBS) in Bangladesh: Past, Present and Future Perspective”. He will also visit the Centre for Food and Waterborne Diseases (CFWD) in icddr,b and explore collaboration with Dr. Zhahirul Islam, Assistant Scientist of Emerging Diseases & Immunobiology group of Centre for Food and Waterborne Diseases (CFWD), icddr,b and Prof. Qazi Deen Mohammad, Principal, Dhaka Medical College & Hospital, Dhaka.

4. RRC & ERC  meetings (PIs are requested to submit their protocols and responses on time):

28 March 2012 (Wednesday) ERC meeting at 3:00 pm.
05 April 2012 (Thursday) RRC meeting at 2:00 p.m.

5. HEF:
The 2012 Calendar and Year Planners are now on sale at Tk. 300.00, Tk. 100.00 each. Should you wish to purchase these for official/personal use, kindly contact the Executive Director’s Office with the relevant budget code or cash.

Images of Bangladesh” – A book of Photographs on sale @ Tk. 3000.00 each (Executive Director’s Office).

All sale proceeds to the Hospital Endowment Fund.

6. Publications:

Eur J Clin Microbiol Infect Dis. 2012 Mar 17. [Epub ahead of print]

Emergence of multidrug-resistant NDM-1-producing Gram-negative bacteria in Bangladesh

Islam MA, Talukdar PKHoque AHuq MNabi AAhmed DTalukder KAPietroni MAC, Hays JP, Cravioto A, Endtz HP

The main objective of this study was to investigate the prevalence of blaNDM-1 in Gram-negative bacteria in Bangladesh. In October 2010 at the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research, Bangladesh (ICDDR,B) laboratories, 1,816 consecutive clinical samples were tested for imipenem-resistant Gram-negative organisms. Imipenem-resistant isolates were tested for the blaNDM-1 gene. Among 403 isolates, 14 (3.5 %) were positive for blaNDM-1, and the predominant species were Klebsiella pneumoniae, Acinetobacter baumannii, and Escherichia coli. All blaNDM-1 -positive isolates were resistant to multiple antibiotics. Among β-lactamase genes, bla CTX-M-1-group was detected in ten isolates (eight bla CTX-M-15), blaOXA-1-group in six, blaTEM in nine, blaSHV in seven, and blaVIM and blaCMY in two isolates each. The 16S rRNA methylase gene, armA, was detected in five K. pneumoniae isolates and in one E. coli isolate. rmtB and rmtC were detected in a Citrobacter freundii and two K. pneumoniae isolates, respectively. qnr genes were detected in two K. pneumoniae isolates (one qnrB and one qnrS) and in an E. coli isolate (qnrA). Transferable plasmids (60-100 MDa) carrying blaNDM-1 were detected in 7 of the 11 plasmid-containing isolates. Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) analysis grouped K. pneumoniae isolates into three clusters, while E. coli isolates differed significantly from each other. This study reports that approximately 3.5 % of Gram-negative clinical isolates in Bangladesh are NDM-1-producing.

Int J STD AIDS. 2012 Feb;23(2):151-2. [no abstract available]

The prevalence of selected high-risk human papillomavirus infections among female sex workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh

Huq M, Nahar S, Alam A, Imam H, Rahman M

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