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  • Practical experiences and challenges of coronavirus PCR and serological testing methods.

    Dr. Kayhan Azadmanesh MD, Ph.D. is a professor of biotechnology and virology in Pasteur Institute of Iran. He is currently the head of Rapid Response team for infectious diseases, and head of Virology Research Division of this institute. He has been involved in setting up the tests and establishing the national laboratory network for COVID-19 since January 2020.

    He is going to explain how Iran chose the tests, set up the labs, and expanded the laboratory network to more than 120 labs in 2 months. The main topics in his presentation are:

    • -A brief history of COVID19 in Iran
    • -Setting up the molecular tests
    • -Evaluation of new kits
    • -Role of serological tests in Iran
    • -Establishing the national network
    • -Challenges in coordinating the network

    Dr. Mehdi Totonchi, Ph.D. is a professor of Cellular & Developmental Biology in Royan Institute. He has established the “clinical bioinformatics” group at Genetics department. The main goal of this group is genetic basis of infertility and cancer using whole exome sequencing (WES) technology. They try to discover novel gene/pathogen variants using family-based exome sequencing. He is currently the head of the coronavirus laboratory and head of genetics & stem cell Departments in Royan Institute. He has been involved in setting up the tests and establishing the laboratory for COVID-19 since January 2020.

    He is going to explain the practical challenges of PCR testing methods as well as the safety of COVID-19 tests in the laboratory. Profiling of Initial Available SARS-CoV-2 Sequences from Iranian Related COVID-19 Patients is another topic he will talk about. It is vital to uncover and investigate the full genome sequence of SARS-CoV-2 throughout the world to track changes in this virus.

    Institute that issues certification: STEP

     Instructor: Prof. Kayhan Azadmanesh (Serological Methods in COVID-19) and Dr. Mehdi Totonchi  (Practical Challenges of PCR Test)

    Duration time: 10:30-12:30 am (GMT)

    Workshop topics:

    • -Setting Up Molecular Tests
    • -Evaluation of New Kits
    • -Role of Serological Tests
    • -Establishing National Laboratory Network for COVID-19
    • -Challenges in Coordinating Laboratory Network
    • -Challenges in Real Time PCR Test
    • -Safety in COVID-19 Test Laboratories
    • -Profiling of COVID-19

    Who are the target attendees of this workshop?

    • -Ph.D. Students
    • -Postdoc Students
    • -Academics and researchers