Institute of Tropical Disease – RC-GERID has held an international conference entitled ICITD (International Conference on Infectious and Tropical Disease) for 2 days on 29th-30th November 2021. This conference carried the theme “update on management of COVID-19 and tropical diseases”.
On the first day, this event was started by singing Indonesian National Anthem and Universitas Airlangga Hymn. After that, the performance of the Indonesian dance called cunduk menur was displayed by the students from UKTK Unair. The first welcoming speech was delivered by Prof. dr. Maria Inge Lusida , M.Kes, PhD, Sp.MK(K) as the Chief of the organizing committee. The second welcoming speech was relayed by Prof. Dr. Kuntaman, dr., M.S., Sp.MK(K) as chairman of the Indonesian Association of Clinical Microbiology Specialists (PAMKI). Then, The Rector of Universitas Airlangga, Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nasih, SE., MT., Ak, CMA, gave the opening remark of this international conference.
After the opening, the first lecture was presented by Dr. Soedarsono, dr.,Sp.P(K) explaining the management of COVID-19 in Indonesia. The second speaker was Dr. Gatot Soegiarto, dr., SpPD, K-AI, FINASIM who spoke about the circulating SARS-CoV-2 variants and the need for booster vaccination. The next speaker was Prof. Masanori Kameoka who elucidated the developing neutralization assay for SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate. The last program of the first day was oral and poster presentations by participants.
The program on the second day was commenced with oral and poster presentations. Subsequently, the speech was presented by a keynote speaker from NIHRD representative, Dr. Vivi Setiawaty, dr., M. Biomed. The following lectures were delivered by the invited speakers. The first was Prof. Dr. Fedik Abdul Rantam, drh from Institute of Tropical Disease explaining the development of merah putih vaccine inactivated platform. Secondly, Prof. Dr. Habibah Wahab from Universitas Sains Malaysia elaborated the natural products based drug discovery efforts for the discovery of drugs for dengue and COVID-19. The following speaker was Dr. Jonathan Wong, Ph.D, The director of scientific development, Immunitor Inc, who conveyed the current and future development in the treatment of virus-induced cytokine storm. Lastly was Prof. Kazufumi Shimizu who brought up a lecture entitled COVID-19 is self-limiting epidemic: The first outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in East Java ended with the decrease of the viral loads in the patients.
At the end of this event, Laura Navika Yamani, S.Si., M.Si., Ph.D as the committee coordinator announced the winner of the best presentation and poster competition followed by the closing of ICITD.