Speaker Profile

M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory, California Department of Public Health

Dr. Dongxiang Xia is the Director of Viral and Rickettsial Disease Laboratory at California Department of Public Health. Previously he served as the Director of Regional Public Health Laboratory in Norfolk, Virginia. Prior to that, he was Chief of Virology at the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology in Washington DC. In these roles he has directed laboratories for the diagnosis, investigation, surveillance and control of communicable diseases, response to emerging infections and outbreaks. Dr. Xia received his Medical Degree at Nanjing Medical University and his PhD in microbiology at the Fourth Military Medical University in China. He did postdoctoral research at Uppsala University in Sweden, the University of Kansas and the NIH in USA. He is a certified Diplomate by the American Board of Medical Microbiology and a certified Specialist in Virology by the American Society for Clinical Pathology. He has been members of various committees of national professional organizations.


Emerging Viral Infections: Public Health Laboratories Response
Most of the emerging infectious diseases (EIDs) in the new Century, from novel influenza to Zika, are viral diseases. Public health laboratories (PHLs) play critical roles in diagnosis, surveillance, and investigation of these diseases and outbreaks. This presentation outlines the challenges PHLs face, their preparedness and response to viral EIDs.

Session Abstract – PMWC 2017 Silicon Valley

Session Synopsis: This session will cover new technologies and methods for detection of infectious disease outbreaks, including internet-based and laboratory testing, and the decision process to move forward with new commercial diagnostic / therapeutic products. It will also highlight public health surveillance and response to emerging agents with a discussion of the challenges and novel approaches.

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