2022 Pre-Meeting Courses

Clinical Pre-Meeting Course- Virtual
The Big Syndromes in Tropical Medicine: A Practical Clinical Update on the Diagnosis and Management of Tropical Diseases (Clinical Group - ACCTMTH)

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Thursday, October 13 and Friday, October 14, 2022
1 p.m. – 5 p.m. Eastern Time

Course Co-chairs: Sapha Barkati, MD, MSc, DTM&H and Miguel Cabada, MD, MSc

Tropical and travel related diseases may be grouped in syndromes depending on the characteristics of their presentations. The same infections can present with different manifestations and severity depending on the organism and the host. Their diagnostic and management approach may vary according to the type of exposure, burden of the infection and immunologic status of the host. Therefore, a given tropical disease may affect differently a refugee from an endemic country and a recently returned traveler.

This pre-meeting course will provide the audience with a clinical update on the main tropical diseases’ syndromes. Clinical tropical and travel medicine experts from around the world will present their state-of-the-art approach to the diagnosis and management of tropical and travel-related diseases. Speakers will discuss the epidemiology and different presentations as well as appropriate work-up for syndromes affecting migrants and returned travelers. Interactive presentations will go over basic concepts and advanced practice points for each syndrome. Clinical case scenarios will be discussed by the experts at the end of each day with an open microphone format where the participants will be able to ask questions, share their experiences and obtain practical management tips.

Virtual pre-meeting course registration fees:

  On or before September 21 On or after September 22
Member $210 US $255 US
Nonmember $390 $440
Student member $100 $150
Student Nonmember $120 $165
LMIC Member and Nonmember $100 $100
CME Credits
Approximately 7.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM will be offered for this course. CME is only offered when the course is attended as a live-internet based activity. CME is not offered for on-demand purchases.

Metagenomics Pre-Meeting Course - In-Person Only
Using Metagenomics to Survey Vector-Based Pathogens
(Collaborative effort by ACAV, ACGH, ACMCIP and ACME)
CME will NOT be offered for this course.

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. Pacific Time
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA

(In-person only. This course will NOT be livestreamed or made available on-demand)
Course Organizer: Amy Krystosik, PhD, MPH


Metagenomic next-generation sequencing (mNGS) is a powerful tool that enables sequencing all the genetic material in a sample. Sequencing all the microorganisms in a sample enables researchers to identify pathogens and novel taxa without a priori knowledge. This course will cover the basics of mNGS, from experimental design to data analysis, and its importance in global health. The data analysis portion of the course will be hands-on, focused on analyzing an mNGS dataset from mosquitoes collected from California using the tool Chan Zuckerberg ID (CZ ID). Chan Zuckerberg ID (CZ ID) is a free, open-source tool that enables researchers to analyze metagenomic datasets from their laptops without the need for computational skills.

Although this course focuses on mNGS data acquired from mosquitoes, it should be noted that mNGS can be used to characterize the microbes in any sample type, so the tools learned in this course can be translated to other sample types of interests. Case studies of how mNGS has contributed to global health policies will also be covered.

Who is this course for?

This in-person course is for those new to mNGS and who would like to use Illumina sequencing technologies. Those who would like to learn about using Chan Zuckerberg ID (CZ ID) for their analysis will benefit from this course. Laptops are required to attend this course. Attendees are responsible for bringing their own laptops.

About Chan Zuckerberg ID (CZ ID) (formerly IDseq)

Chan Zuckerberg ID (CZ ID) is a free, cloud-based pipeline and analysis software that accepts raw mNGS sequencing data for fast, push-button processing to provide actionable information on the state of microbes in a given set of samples. This allows scientists to make data-driven decisions about when to deploy antibiotics, where to prioritize immunization campaigns, how to shape vector-borne disease surveillance and control efforts, and more. Our publication can be found here. 

What you will learn

  • What is mNGS, and what can you do with it?
  • Proper experimental design to get the most out of your data
  • How to prep samples in the wet lab for Illumina sequencing
  • Bioinformatic basics - fastq files, pipeline overview, QC
  • Analyzing mNGS data using Chan Zuckerberg ID (CZ ID)

Online Registration is now closed. The course has reached capacity.

  On or before September 21 On or after September 22
Member $260 US $320 US
Nonmember $490 $550
Student Member $125 $185
Student Nonmember $150 $210

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