The first Rencontres de Quy Nhon: International Workshop on Molecular Diagnostics in Microbiology and Diseases (1st MDMD)

Starts: 15 December, 2022

Ends: 16 December, 2022


07 Science Avenue, Ghenh Rang, Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh, Vietnam


International workshop on molecular diagnostics in microbiology and diseases (MDMD2022) will mainly focus on point-of-care diagnostics, predictive biomarkers, the creation and development of new tools for rapid detection and diagnosis at the molecular level. In addition, various diagnostic applications in microbiology and diseases will be explored giving participants a brilliant insight into this rapidly expanding field.

The workshop aims to provide an interdisciplinary platform for all delegates to present research results, to share experiences, and to discuss the most recent innovations, trends and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the field of Molecular Diagnostics. This workshop is also a chance for all delegates to maintain the existing and initiate new multidisciplinary collaborative networks.

We cordially invite you to join the first Rencontres de Quy Nhon: INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP ON MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTICS IN MICROBIOLOGY AND DISEASES and will be delighted to welcome you to Quy Nhon.

Real-time PCR and LAMP based Assays for Rapid Detection of African Swine Fever Virus (ASFV)

African Swine Fever (ASF) is one of the most complex infectious swine diseases causing the high mortality and severe damages of international trade of pigs and pork products. In 2020, the ASF epidemic in Vietnam caused a loss of about 86,000 pigs, equivalent to 1.5 percent of the culled pigs in 2019. To date, ASF virus (ASFV) has been detected in 63/63 provinces in Vietnam since the first discovery of ASF in Vietnam in early February 2019.

Due to the absence of vaccines that are effective against ASFV, the focus of prevention and control of ASF is currently still on early diagnosis and outbreak control; therefore, laboratory diagnosis is of vital importance. Many molecular techniques have been developed to detect ASFV such as conventional polymerase chain reaction (PCR), real-time PCR, enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA), and fluorescent antibody test (FAT or DIFT). Among these approaches, real-time PCR is considered to be powerful tool for detecting ASFV in blood and tissues. However, this assay is not suitable for less developed regions with limited access to a real-time PCR instrument that requires skilled professionals. An alternative approach so-called Loop mediated Isothermal Amplification (LAMP) has been recently established for rapid detection of ASFV. This method is more specific, sensitive, cost effective and rapid than real-time PCR aasays. Particularly, the assay performance can work directly with crude samples through simple visualization of reaction outcome that is feasible for field applications with restricted resources.

The objective of the training:

to enhance research capacity for technicians, researchers, students in the field of molecular diagnosis
to strengthen laboratory diagnostic capacities in Vietnam and abroad
to provide a chance for building up a network for further potential collaboration