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Special Joint Seminar with Department of Medicine - Professor Rodrigo HasbunProf. Rodrigo Hasbun

UT Health-McGovern Medical School, Houston, TX, USA

1pm Friday 6 December, 9th floor Seminar Room, Dunedin Hospital

Meningitis and Encephalitis: Diagnostic and Management Challenges

Meningitis and encephalitis may be caused by various infectious etiologies and noninfectious etiologies. Despite the availability of microbiological tools, serologies and nucleic acid amplification tests such as polymerase chain reaction (PCR) for the most common infectious agents, the majority of CNS infections currently still remain with an unknown etiology. Meningitis and encephalitis may be associated with significant morbidity including long-term neurological and neurocognitive sequelae and mortality with some etiologies requiring urgent antimicrobial therapy, or early adjunctive steroids to improve clinical outcomes. This talk will review the diagnostic and management challenges facing clinicians in the empirical approach to suspected meningitis, community and healthcare-associated meningitis and in encephalitis syndromes.

A light lunch will be available from 12.45pm

All University of Otago and Southern District Health Board staff and students are welcome to attend.

Upcoming seminars

All seminars, unless stated otherwise, are held at 1pm in the Hercus D'Ath Lecture Theatre, Department of Pathology, Hercus Building

Previous seminars

  • Professor Eileen McLaughlin University of Canberra, Australia
  • Professor Lynette Sadleir Department of Paediatrics and Child Health, University of Otago Christchurch
  • Professor Helen Heslop John Borrie Professorial Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas, USA
  • Dr Helen Petousis-Harris Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Auckland
  • Associate Professor Tim Woodfield Centre for Bioengineering & Nanomedicine, University of Otago Christchurch
  • Dr Jeong Park School of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University
  • Professor Nancy Longnecker Centre for Science Communication
  • Professor Christine Winterbourn Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago (Christchurch)
  • Dr Ann Poduri Boston Children's Hospital / Harvard Medical School, USA
  • Dr Volker Blank Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research / McGill University, Montreal, Canada
  • Dr Peter Mace Department of Biochemistry
  • Dr Robert Weinkove Malaghan Institute of Medical Research and Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre
  • Professor Adrian Harris Colin Geary Visiting Professor, Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine, Oxford, UK
  • Professor Andrew Jackson University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Dr Caiyun Grace Li Stanford University
  • Dr Anna Brooks Auckland Cytometry, University of Auckland
  • Dr Rachel Purcell Department of Surgery, University of Otago (Christchurch)
  • Dr Kelly Rogers Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research (WEHI), Australia
  • Associate Professor Adam Patterson Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, University of Auckland
  • Dr Priyakshi Kalita-de Croft University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research
  • Dr Logan Walker Department of Pathology and Biomedical Science, University of Otago (Christchurch)
  • Dr Heather Lee Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle
  • Dr Jo-Ann Stanton Department of Anatomy
  • Dr Hong Zhu College of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Zhejiang University
  • Associate Professor Phillip Wilcox Department of Mathematics and Statistics
  • Dr Anna Pilbrow Christchurch Heart Institute
  • Dr Paul Gardner Department of Biochemistry
  • Professor Franca Ronchese Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, Wellington
  • Associate Professor Glen Reid Asbestos Diseases Research Institute, University of Sydney
  • Dr Sarah Diermeier Department of Biochemistry
  • Associate Professor Siouxsie Wiles University of Auckland
  • Dr Ian Griffin Director, Otago Museum
  • Professor Tony Merriman Department of Biochemistry
  • Professor Neil Gemmell Department of Anatomy
  • Professor Greg Cook Department of Microbiology and Immunology
  • Professor Catherine Day Department of Biochemistry
  • Professor Roger Reddel Colin Geary Visiting Professor, Director of Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI), and the Sir Lorimer Dods Professor, Sydney Medical School, University of Sydney
  • Dr Chris Jackson Medical Director, Cancer Society of New Zealand
  • Dr Peter Stockwell Department of Biochemistry
  • Dr Chris Brown Department of Biochemistry
  • Professor Vicky Cameron Department of Medicine, University of Otago (Christchurch)
  • Professor Mark Hampton Centre for Free Radical Research, University of Otago (Christchurch)

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