Thu 16th May


Registration in Foyer of York St. Entrance

Sponsored Symposium


Improving access to OPAT services for vulnerable and hard to reach patients

Dr. Neil Ritchie, Claire Vallance, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde

Keynote Speaker


Acute infectious encephalitis: a neurologist’s perspective

Dr. Nicholas DaviesChelsea & Westminster Hospital


Clinical Cases

Rob Durcan:  A Nervous Tick

Conor Grant: Just another fever in a returning traveller

Jeffrey Harte: If it Looks like a Duck and it Quacks like a Duck...

Anna O'Rourke:  Careful with his Brains on this one...

Audrey Rice: A Ring-Enhancing Lesion Presenting with Hemiballismus

Nahed Seddiq: The Italian Job

Fri 17th May


Registration in Foyer of York St. Entrance



Meeting Opening

Prof. Karina Butler, President, IDSI
Keynote Speaker


Community-acquired Bacterial Meningitis

Prof. Diederik van de Beek, Amsterdam Neuroscience Institute

Keynote Speaker


Fungal infections of the brain and meninges; who is at risk

Prof. Adilia WarrisUniversity of Aberdeen



Poster Viewing/ Exhibition in Exam Hall


Panel Discussion

Keynote Speakers discuss Interesting Cases

Case Presenters:  Joe Heskin, Colm Kerr, Brendan O'Kelly

Sponsored Symposium


Is it time to rethink the way we treat HIV?

Chair: Adam Stubbs

Prof. José Gatell: The evidence supporting dolutegravir-based 2 drug regimens focusing on dolutegravir and lamivudine

Prof. Mark Nelson, Chelsea & Westminster Hospital: Clinical experience and expert opinion


Scientific Abstracts: Oral Presentations - TB

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A retrospective evaluation of Central Nervous System Tuberculous Disease in Beaumont Hospital over a ten-year period; case definitions, adherence to treatment guidelines and patient outcomes

Tuberculosis Hospitalizations in Ireland over a 4-Year Period: A Descriptive Study

A Clinical Review of Tuberculosis in the West of Ireland


Lunch/ Poster Viewing/Exhibition in Exam Hall

Sponsored Symposium


Dr. Paul Sax

Brigham & Women's Hospital, Massachussetts

Biktarvy Clinical Cases:  Experience from the US

Chair:  Prof. Colm Bergin

Keynote Speaker


VP shunt infections - does the shunt always have to be removed?

Dr. Fidelma FitzpatrickBeaumont Hospital/RCSI


State of the Art Symposium

Polypharmacy in HIV - Manageable Now?

Fiona Marra, University of Liverpool


Tea/Coffee/Poster Viewing/Exhibition in Exam Hall


Scientific Abstracts: Oral Presentations - HIV

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Impact of Renal Tubular Function on Bone Mineral Density in Older People with HIV

Immunosenescence in HIV is associated with CMV status and lower CD4:CD8 ratio

Inflammatory Phenotypes Predict Pulse Wave Velocity Change on ART in Malawian Adults

Hepatic steatosis, Ageing and MEtabolic Syndrome in HIV Patients (The HAMES-HIV study

Elite Controllers Requiring Elite Management Decisions in the Test and Treat Era

An Assessment of Prescriber's Attitudes to the Introduction of Preferred Regimens of Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) at a Local and National Level



Concludes HIV Oral Abstract Presentations




Faculty & Delegate Dinner

at RCSI, 123 St. Stephen's Green

Sat 18th May


10 Oral Presentations: Hepatitis, Bacteria etc.

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Demographics and Treatment Outcomes of Patients with Chronic Hepatitic C Infection Attending a Tertiary Level Hospital in the Era of Unrestricted Access to Direct-Acting Antivirals

Hepatitis B Genotype Distribution and Drug Resistance Mutations in Ireland, 2016-2018

Compliance of Hepatitis B Management at a single site with European Guidelines

Association between Integrase Strand Transfer Inhibitors and serum magnesium levels

An Audit of Staphylococcus aureus Bacteraemia Clinical Management in a Large Model 4 Teaching Hospital, 2018

Outpatient Antimicrobial Therapy for Endovascular Aortic Repair Infection; a Five Year Retrospective Evaluation

A Retrospective Evaluation of Malaria in Beaumont Hospital Over a Ten Year Period from 2008-2018; Diagnosis and Management, Adherence to Treatment Guidelines and Patient Outcomes

Audit of Meningitis Management at Mater Misericordiae University Hospital

Patient Satisfaction Survey for HIV Ambulatory Care in University Hospital Limerick (UHL)

Service disparity within the National OPAT programme

Sponsored Symposium


Sponsored Symposium

Hepatitis C Elimination:  the Role of Simplification in identifying and engaging Marginalised Patients

Chair:  Prof. Sam McConkey, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland

Speakers:  Dr. Eoin Feeney, St. Vincent's University Hospital;  Dr. Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, St. James's Hospital

Keynote Speaker


Spinal Infection, Instability and Neurological Deficit

Mr. David O'Brien, Beaumont Hospital, Dublin


Coffee/tea, Posters, Exhibition

Joint Session with SSSTDI

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PrEP cases discussion with Expert Panel Facilitator Say Quah

Expert Panel – Suzanne Todd/Susan Clarke/Emma Devitt
Keynote Speaker


Neurosyphilis: Host and bacterial risk factors

Prof. Christina Marra, University of Washington

Prof. Christina Marra, University of Washington


Presentation of Prizes, Close of Meeting

Dr. Eoghan de Barra, Secretary IDSI

The IDSI/SSSTDI joint meeting continues after lunch.
IDSI members are welcome to attend at no extra cost.

Thu 22nd Oct


Welcome and Introduction to Meeting

Prof. Sam McConkey, President IDSI & Dr. Eoghan de Barra, Secretary, IDSI

Oral Presentations


The Impact of SARS-CoV-2 on Healthcare Workers in Galway University Hospitals

Marcella O'Callaghan

Galway University Hospital


Epidemiology of SARS-CoV-2 in Healthcare Workers following the First Wave of the COVID-19 Pandemic

Eamonn Faller

Cork University Hospital


Rapid and Laboratory-based SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Testing in Asymptomatic High-risk Hospital Associated Cohorts, a Validation and Epidemiological Study

Brendan O'Kelly

St. James's Hospital, Dublin


An Audit on the Investigation of COVID-19 Infection in Patients with Negative SARS-CoV-2 PCR Swab Results and ongoing Clinical Suspicion, with a Focus on the Use of Chest CT, as compared to World Health Organisation Recommendations

Jonathan McGrath

St. James's Hospital, Dublin


Tocilizumab Therapy in Individuals with COVID-19 Infection and Hyperinflammatory States

Rachel MacCann

St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin


COVID-19 Clinical Outcomes amongst a Population of Hospitalised Adults in a Large Tertiary Hospital in Dublin

Niamh Reidy

Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin


ePoster Round

Prof. Sam McConkey, Leader

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and Beaumont Hospital, Dublin


A Cost of Illness Study of Tuberculosis in the Republic of Ireland

James O'Connell

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland


Improving the timely IV-PO Switch of Antimicrobials: a Quality Improvement Initiative

Marion Murphy

Galway University Hospital


Attitudes towards Influenza Vaccination amongst Staff in a Tertiary Care Irish University Hospital

Emma Kearns

St. Vincent's University Hospital, Dublin


Keynote Presentation: IPC as an ID physician – an accidental career?

Dr. Eimear Brannigan

Consultant in Infectious Diseases

Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection Control Division (AMRIC)



Keynote Presentation: Reflections on COVID and Infectious Diseases

Dr. Susan Hopkins

Deputy Director of Infection Prevention & Control for Public Health England, Chief Medical Adviser NHS Test & Trace


Closing Remarks

Prof. Sam McConkey, President, IDSI