COVID-19 Special Edition

CME Accredited

22 June 2021
Dubai Room, Dubai World Trade Centre

Scientific Chairs:


Dr Eiman Ahmed Al Zaabi, Chair of Department, Physician-Laboratory Medicine Services, Sheikh Shakhbout Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE

Dr Gehad Eltayeb ElGhazali, Consultant Physician and Service Lead Clinical Immunologist, Sheikh Khalifa Medical City, Abu Dhabi, UAE


This special edition on COVID-19 is a unique opportunity for global experts and leading voices in SARS-CoV-2 virology, immunology, vaccines, clinical care, therapeutic guidelines and trials to help shape development and response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference programme was designed to include the latest science on COVID-19 and its impact on health in the region – with perspectives on different types of tests, vaccines, ongoing research – in addition to deliberations on how lab professionals join forces for tomorrow.

Key topics:

  • COVID-19 the pandemic (Global and regional effects, enhanced knowledge)
  • Laboratory diagnostics: Learnings and discoveries on different types of tests
  • COVID-19 variants: What we know, what we don’t know
  • Vaccines: Research and development
  • Vaccine roll-out distribution
  • Pandemic prevention

Benefits of attending:

  • Review COVID-19 management strategies in the lab
  • Identify latest updates in diagnostic testings
  • Discuss post COVID-19 preventive measures
  • Appraise research & development on vaccines
  • Discuss updates on immunity

Keynote speakers and topic area:


Dr Farida Al Hosani, Official Spokesperson for Health Sector, MBBS, MPH, MA, DrPH. Manager, Communicable Diseases, Department of Health Abu dhabi, Adjunct Asociate Professor, UAEU
Topic: UAE experience during COVID-19 pandemic

Dr Nawal Ahmed Mohamed Al Kaabi, UAE Principal Investigator, Shaikh Khalifa Medical City CMO and Chairperson of the National Covid-19 Clinical Management Committee
Topic: Overview of the UAE experience with the vaccine trial

Dr Elitza S. Theel, Director, Infectious Diseases Serology Laboratory, Co-Director, Vector-Borne Diseases Laboratory Service Line, Associate Professor, Division of Clinical Microbiology, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic, USA
Topic: Serology

Prof Jean Laurent Casanova, Levy Family Professor, Investigator, Howard Hughes medical institute, Rockefeller University, USA
Topic: Genetic predisposition to severe COVID-19