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PHO Grand Rounds: Neisseria gonorrhoeae: The Ontario perspective
Tuesday, May 5, 2015 12:00 pm to 01:00 pm
Venue: 480 University Ave, Suite 300 Toronto, ON M5G 1V2 Boardroom 350
Infectious Diseases; Laboratory Testing and Sciences
City: Toronto
Format: In Person; Webinar

​Note: This is an open invitation, and may be forwarded to interested parties.

Since the release of the Guidelines for Testing and Treatment of Gonorrhea in Ontario, 2013, PHO has closely monitored the incidence of gonorrhea in Ontario, as well as the use of recommended treatment, and factors associated with receiving the treatment. Additionally, PHO has monitored testing patterns and the minimum inhibitory concentrations of N. gonorrhoeae specimens since the release of the Ontario guidelines.

During this session, an overview of the provincial epidemiology of N. gonorrhoeae will be provided.   Afterwards, there will be a  brief review of the Guidelines for Testing and Treatment of Gonorrhea in Ontario. We will then discuss the evaluation of the guidelines, and provide time for questions and answers. 

Presenters: Michael Whelan and Dr. Vanessa Allen

Michael Whelan is an epidemiologist lead with Public Health Ontario working in infectious disease surveillance and reporting with the Communicable Diseases Unit. His particular focus is the surveillance of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and tuberculosis.

Dr. Vanessa G. Allen is Chief, Medical Microbiology at Public Health Ontario, an infectious diseases consultant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and an assistant professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. Her clinical and research interests include the molecular epidemiology and novel strategies to combat antimicrobial resistant organisms including Neisseria gonorrhoeae, and genomic tools to understand the source and potential public health control measures to reduce food borne infections and Clostridium difficile.

Public Health Ontario Grand Rounds are approved for continuing medical education from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.

PHO Grand Rounds are also approved by Council of Professional Experience for professional development hours (PDHs) for members of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors (CIPHI).

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