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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Wednesday, September 13 • 11:00am - 1:00pm
[VIRTUAL] Defeating Acanthamoeba: Uniting for Health (131102)

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Introduction and aims

The Acanthamoeba parasite is a global problem, and understanding its epidemiology and pathogenesis is crucial for intervention and prevention. This discussion aims to explore treatment strategies, trends in dissemination, diagnosis techniques, personalized treatment approaches, and genetic diversity, and raise awareness about the global impact of Acanthamoeba infections.


This panel brings together a distinguished panel of international researchers and experts to shed light on the global problem of the Acanthamoeba parasite and explore potential solutions for better health outcomes. The researchers will present their latest findings, share experiences, and discuss challenges in combating this parasite.

Prof. Veeranoot Nissapatorn from Wailailak University, Thailand, will provide valuable insights into the epidemiology and pathogenesis of Acanthamoeba infections, highlighting critical areas for intervention and prevention.

Prof. Rachasak Boonhok) from Walailak University, Thailand, will present groundbreaking research on novel treatment strategies, the development of effective therapeutic interventions, and current trends in the parasite’s dissemination.

Prof. ML Pereira will address current tools for diagnosing this parasite, including microscopy.

Dr Tooba Mahboob from UCSI University, Malaysia, will contribute her expertise in diagnosing and managing Acanthamoeba-related diseases, focusing on advancements in diagnostic techniques and personalized treatment approaches, including nanotechnology.

Prof. Naveed Ahmed Khan from the University of Sharjah, UAE, will provide further insights to explore public health awareness measures and their effectiveness.

Additionally, we will have MSc candidate Diana Mendonça sharing her fresh perspectives and innovative ideas on treatment strategies using plant extracts.

Through their collective expertise, the panellists aim to raise awareness about the Acanthamoeba menace, discuss the global impact of Acanthamoeba infections, identify research gaps, and discuss the importance of fostering collaborations to tackle this public and global concern more effectively.

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Maria de Lourdes Pereira

Professor, University of Aveiro
M. L. Pereira, PhD in Biology, is Associate Professor with Habilitation at the Department of Medical Sciences, University of Aveiro, Portugal. With 41 years of experience in teaching and research in Cytology and Histology she was the President of the Portuguese Society of Electron Microsc... Read More →
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Veeranoot Nissapatorn

Associate Professor, Walailak University
Dr Veeranoot graduated as a medical doctor (MBBS) from Lady Hardinge Medical College (LHMC), University of Delhi, India and Master of Clinical Tropical Medicine from Mahidol University, Thailand. She was working as a contract lecturer and later an Associate Professor at the Department... Read More →
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Naveed Ahmed Khan

Professor and Head, Istinye University
Naveed Ahmed Khan is Professor of Medical Microbiology. Previously, he has held positions at Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, USA; Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, USA; University of London, UK; University of Nottingham, UK; Aga Khan University... Read More →
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Tooba Mahboob

Lecturer, UCSI University , Malaysia
Dr. Tooba Mahboob is currently working as Lecturer and Vice Head of Research at Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UCSI University. She has completed her Postdoctoral Research at Dept. of Medical Microbiology, University of Malaya. She has obtained PHD in the filed of Medicine from... Read More →
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Rachasak Boonhok

Assistant Professor, Walailak University
I received Ph.D from Mahidol University, Thailand in 2015 and had research experiences as a postdoctoral researcher at College of Agricultural Sciences, Penn State University and Morsani College of Medicine, University of South Florida, USA. My research interests lie in the area of... Read More →
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Diana Mendonça

MSc Student, University of Aveiro
Diana Mendonça holds a Bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Aveiro, Portugal. She is currently enrolled in a Master's in Microbiology at the same university, and will be developing her thesis topic about natural products with therapeutic effects against Acanthamoe... Read More →

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Sonia R. Oliveira

Researcher, CICECO- Aveiro Institute of Materials, University of Aveiro
Sonia Oliveira holds a Master’s in Cellular and Molecular Biology and a Licenciatura (BSC + Hons) in Biology (pre-Bologna) from the University of Aveiro and, is a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Human Physiology since 2018 from The University of Newcastle (Australia), with Licence... Read More →

Wednesday September 13, 2023 11:00am - 1:00pm EDT