American University of Beirut

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Update for Healthcare Professionals

​The Division of Infectious Diseases and the Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology at the American University of Beirut Medical Center (AUBMC) invites you to take part in its Online Webinar: 

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19): Update for Healthcare Professionals

Tuesday, March 3, 2020 – 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm  (Beirut Time)

    (seats are limited)


This online webinar will offer the participants a chance to learn about the novel coronavirus COVID-19 outbreak in China and the evolving situation around the world.
The information will be focused on the epidemiology, clinical features of the illness, infection control in healthcare facilities and the latest related to potential treatments and vaccines.

Target Audience

All Healthcare professionals.

Our Speakers

Nesrine Rizk, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine
Subspecialty Infectious Diseases,
Department of Internal Medicine
Chair of the Antimicrobial Usage Committee of the AUBMC, and an HIV specialist
Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut

Dr Rizk graduated with an MD degree from AUB in 2001. She completed training in Internal Medicine and then Infectious Diseases at Case Western Reserve University with additional training in HIV/AIDS Medicine. 
She joined the faculty at the Yale affiliated Cornell Scott-Hill Health Center in New Haven, and served as the Medical Director of the HIV program. She was a member of the Yale AIDS Program and an active medical staff at the Yale New Haven Medical Center.
Dr. Rizk joined the medical group practice of the ID Division at AUBMC in July 2012. 
She is the chair of the Antimicrobial Usage Committee of the AUBMC. 
Dr. Rizk has been active in clinical research having contributed to several publications and book chapters related to HIV and AIDS and antimicrobial resistance.

Dr. Hassan Zaraket, PhD
Assistant Professor of Virology 
Department of Experimental Pathology, Immunology and Microbiology
Assistant Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research (CIDR)
Faculty of Medicine, American University of Beirut

Dr. Zaraket received his Ph.D. from Niigata University in Japan and did his postdoctoral training the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center and Center of Excellence for Influenza Research and Surveillance at St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA. During, his postdoctoral training he investigated the molecular mechanisms underlying the emergence of novel influenza viruses including H5N1 and H7N9. He also performed risk assessment studies of emerging influenza viruses. Dr. Zaraket joined AUB in 2014, where he established a virology research group. His research interests includes genetics and evolution of RNA viruses, antiviral drug discovery, vaccine efficacy, diagnostics, and virus-host interactions. Dr. Zaraket is an associate editor for BMC Infectious Diseases Journal and a council member of isirv, the International Society for Influenza and Other Respiratory Viruses. He is a member of the WHO Working Group on Pandemic Influenza Special Studies (PSS). He has over 70 peer-reviewed publications.

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