Topics in Infectious Diseases, Regenerative Medicine, and Wellness Medicine, 2016 Update Cruise Conference, from Singapore, Singapore to Hong Kong, China, December 11 - 22, 2016
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Topics in Infectious Diseases, Regenerative Medicine, and Wellness Medicine:
2016 Update

11-Night Southeast Asia
from Singapore, Singapore to Hong Kong, China
December 11 - 22, 2016

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Norwegian Cruise Lines's Great <em>Norwegian Star</em>
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21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™
21 Contact Hours
6 Hours of Pharmacology for NPs

Course Fees:

$995 for Physicians, Attorneys, Psychologists, & Doctors of Pharmacy

$750 for Physician Assistants, Nurse Practitioners, Nurses & Others

BIAS FREE CME -No Commercial Support was provided for this CME activity.

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Target Audience
Physicians, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants
Program Purpose / Objectives
Infectious Diseases topics and learning objectives:
  1. Protection of Travelers and Infections in Returning Travelers
    • Assessing what prophylaxis is needed for individual patients traveling to different areas of the globe and what diagnostic measures to pursue in a traveler returning from particular areas or specific countries.
  2. Common Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STD 101 for Clinicians)
    • How to diagnose via physical examination and laboratory analysis all common STDs in a primary care setting, learning common masqueraders of different conditions.
    • Apply proper treatment and proper vaccination to all emergent and re-emergent infectious diseases pertaining to the genital tract.
  3. Urinary Tract Infections
    • Application of the latest diagnostic and treatment approaches to common urinary tract infections, its complications, and possible drug resistance.
    • Learn about factors related to chronic bacterial infections in the urinary tract.
  4. Postoperative Infections and Antimicrobial Prophylaxis
    • How to evaluate the post-surgical patient.
    • How to make a proper determination of which antibiotic to choose based on both surgery to which the patient was exposed, as well as possible contaminants of each area.
  5. Infections in Patients with Burns
    • How to identify potential pathogens against colonizers.
    • How to institute empirical treatment.
    • How to take a proper specimen for eventual appropriate treatment.
  6. ABCs of Viral Hepatitis
    • To recognize the early signs and symptoms of hepatitis.
    • Learn how to use the laboratory wisely in differentiating different types of viral hepatitis.
    • Learn about the latest treatment approaches currently used in treatment of different types of hepatitis.
  7. Hepatitis C
    • Learn to apply the specific viral genotype treatment, compare the treatment regimens, and inspect the drug interactions and potentials of antiretroviral medications.
    • Identify external barriers to successful HCV treatment and learn about strategies to overcome these challenges.
  8. Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)
    • Understand the epidemiology of HIV.
    • Differentiate and understand the natural history of HIV and AIDS in terms of its presentation and its acute, middle, and latent stages.
    • Comprehend the multiple factors involved and clinical judgment involved in inaugurating antiretroviral therapy.
    • Navigate the germane factors involved in crafting individualized and appropriate multiple drug regimen.
  9. Management of Opportunistic Infections Associated with HIV
    • To elucidate the clinical features of opportunistic infections in HIV patients including HIV wasting syndrome, PCP, and oral candidiasis.
  10. Tuberculosis
    • To describe the epidemiology of TB in the United States and worldwide and explain the difference between latent TB and active TB.
    • Describe different treatment options for latent and active TB.
    • Recognize the unique relationship between TB and HIV and how they accelerate the progression of each other.
    • Design an empiric treatment regimen for an HIV co-infected patient.
  11. Ebola Coming to America: Fact, Fiction, and Fear
    • Emerging trends about Ebola infections all over the world and new findings of transmission through sexual contact.
Regenerative Medicine topics and learning objectives:

Recent developments in both the human genome project, epigenetics, and the human microbiome projects hold promise for the advent of elegant drugs for "bad bugs" and multi-systemic understanding of "good bugs" and ultimately optimize the nurturing and cultivation of our own human microbiome for specific conditions.

In a systems biology approach, we deconstruct by function besides anatomical compartments. We shall review both advanced nutraceutical and nutrition principles of age management, and the vital role of enteric dynamics and the gut-brain axis, hormonal equilibrium, detoxification, and overt and covert stealth infections and their relationship to genetic variability. The human devolution potential of Big Food and Big Pharma will also merit our attention.

By the end of the conference, we hope that we will have enhanced your conceptual grasp of this matrix and altered your diagnostic and therapeutic parameters to better appreciate the individual human role in the great ecological chain of beings.

  1. Upstream Medical Practice in Silent Inflammation
    • We will discuss the concepts of oxidation and inflammation as it concerns human aging and develop some practical approaches for patient care in terms of coaching patients on how to read labels and how to avoid inflammatory foods, etc.
  2. An Integrative Medical Approach to Age Management
    • To present evidence-based medicine for the practice of advanced regenerative medicine from a theoretical and practical standpoint utilizing very practical and minutely detailed approaches to patient care.
  3. Functional Integrative Medicine
    • Utilizing systems biology approaches to the history and physical examination of a patient to determine where on the functional matrix a patient lies to be able to approach the patient from a more sophisticated and more modern mode of both diagnosis and management.
    • Very practical approaches are detailed and minutely discussed.
  4. Female Hormone Replacement Practical Aspects and Controversies
    • Will examine in detail the controversies surrounding postmenopausal biologically equivalent hormone replacement therapy and some of the ramifications of the WHI study.
    • Will analyze in detail the decline of certain hormones in certain periods of a woman's life and how to approach them from a nutraceutical, as well as pharmaceutical point of view and how to monitor for potential side effects.
  5. Female Androgens
    • Analysis of the step-by-step diminishing of hormone generation at different levels by the aging female that occurs at different times under different conditions and revolve around the co-morbidities and nutritional status of the patient.
    • Nutritional approaches, as well as pharmaceutical approaches will be discussed.
    • Management of sexual dysfunction will also be addressed.
  6. Defining Probiotics
    • We will attempt to define probiotics from the standpoint of human flora, passing flora, or permanent residence of the gut.
    • Will discuss the human microbiome project, as well as the gut microbiome project.
  7. The Microbiome in Health and Wellness
    • We will examine the current data available on the human microbiome and the use of probiotics in the clinical setting and try to sort out the bandwagon myths from the hardcore science.
    • Very practical applications will be discussed as well.
  8. Potential Probiotics in Human Health
    • Will discuss all the potential applications of different probiotics in terms of benefiting the host and conditions that could turn a beneficial symbiont into an occasional pathogen.
    • Will discuss ways of fomenting the growth of the good microbes.
  9. The Microbiome in Disease and Dysbiosis
    • We will approach the microbiome from the standpoint of tolerance and immune resistance, and the development of pathogenicity based on host factors and other co-morbidities, as well as co-inhabitants of the gut that determine whether a particular germ will become a normal flora or cause a dysbiosis type of dysfunction or an actual disease.
  10. Evidence-Based Probiotic Prescription
    • We will discuss from the standpoint of published research as to what conditions merit which probiotics and what company or brand name is available and develop the important concept that it is not enough to know genus and species, but rather the strain of bacteria in order to apply therapeutic principles.
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Beata Casañas, DO FACP
Associate Professor of Medicine, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Executive Medical Director
Hillsborough County Health Department, Tampa, FL

Dr. Beata Casañas is an Associate Professor in the Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. She is currently the Executive Medical Director of the Hillsborough County Health Department and responsible for developing clinical protocols, policies/ procedures and supervision of the tuberculosis, HIV and STD clinics. One of her interests involves breakthrough advances in prevention and treatment of tuberculosis.

In addition Dr. Casañas serves as attending for fellows, residents and medical students and is actively engaged in clinical teaching of Infectious Diseases at various levels within the University of South Florida academic programs at Tampa General Hospital. In this context, she has been intimately involved with ID which is a web based teaching via streaming media and podcasts which represents a nationwide pioneering effort for an ID academic institution. Her firm command of her specialty and superb didactic skills have made her a coveted speaker at other national and international venues.

Dr. Casañas is an accomplished polyglot and her professional interest in health disparities have been parlayed in various international and administrative academic concerns over the past few years. She has participated in various projects in India including the development of transplant tissue banking, and as a part of the faculty group of annual Indian HIV conferences sponsored by the University of South Florida Indian CHART program. She has established liaisons between the University of South Florida nd the Department of Infectious Diseases in Katowice, Poland.

Dr. Casañas in addition served as an American International Health Alliance faculty operative in the Central Asian Republics in connection with Infectious Diseases curriculum development and medical faculty improvement. She has traveled with University of South Florida medical students and students from College of Public Health to deliver free medical care for underserved populations in La Sabana, Dominical Republic.

Dr. Casañas serves as an expert peer reviewer for five academic peer reviewed journals, and as well has authored several articles for medical publications in the last five years.

She is currently the Principal Investigator and co-investigator for numerous research projects primarily involving HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. It is not without merit that she received the accolade of Best Doctors of America since 2009.

Recently Dr. Casañas was promoted to Program Director of the Infectious Disease Fellowship at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Robert J. Casañas, MA, MD, ABIHM
Adjunct Clinical Professor, Department of Internal Medicine,
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Dr. Robert Casañas is a Board Certified Internist and Board Certified Pain Management specialist who directed and owned three successful medical clinics in northern California for the last twenty years. After completing his training at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, Dr. Casañas moved to California. While in California, Dr. Casañas also trained at UCLA in Medical Acupuncture, which is based on the neuro-anatomical foundations of modern Western science utilizing Chinese techniques of diagnosis and treatment. While in California, Dr. Casañas was an assistant clinical professor at the University of California San Francisco and became involved as a nationwide speaker and presenter at renown medical conventions.

Dr. Casañas has served as a Preceptor for various medical, professional, and academic institutions including Northeastern Ohio University, University of California Davis, and the College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific, and has been in the medical student mentor program for the U.S. Public Health Service National Health Service Corp, and a medical expert witness for the Boards of Medicine in the state California and the state of Florida. In addition, while in California he also served as the main investigative consultant for the state of California, Department of Corporations, Health Section in Sacramento, California. He has served on the Board of Directors as an executive member of the Health Council of West Central Florida, and is presently on the Medical Assisting Advisory Board and Medical Director of the Health Sciences program at Florida Metropolitan University.
Accredited Continuing Medical Education Accreditation: Continuing Education, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Designation: Continuing Education, Inc. designates this live activity for a maximum of 21 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Each physician should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Osteopathic Physicians: This program is eligible for Category 2 credit with the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) .

Canadian Physicians: This activity is eligible for Section 1 credits in the Royal College’s Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program . Participants must log into MAINPORT to claim this activity.

US or Canadian Family Physicians: Please let us know if you require AAFP Prescribed Credits.

Physician Assistants: AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by ACCME.

Nurse Practitioners: can claim either ANCC Contact Hours or AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ as needed.
Pharmacology credits are identified on individual activities.

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Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Cruise Itinerary
Sun Dec 11 Singapore, Singapore
- 6:00 pm
Mon Dec 12 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Dec 13 Ko Samui, Thailand
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Dec 14 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
8:00 am -
Wed Dec 14 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
- -
Thu Dec 15 Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand
- 5:00 pm
Fri Dec 16 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sat Dec 17 Ho Chi Minh City (Phu My), Vietnam
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Sun Dec 18 Nha Trang, Vietnam
8:00 am 6:00 pm
Mon Dec 19 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Tue Dec 20 Sanya, China
8:00 am 5:00 pm
Wed Dec 21 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Dec 22 Hong Kong SAR, P.R. China
7:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.
Ports of Call
Bangkok (Laem Chabang), Thailand - Once a small Khmer trading center, Bangkok has grown into one of the world's most populous and cosmopolitan cities. Bustling streets and markets stand side by side with serene golden temples and glitzy nightclubs. Explore the architectural marvel of the Grand Palace. Discover Bangkok's largest Buddha at Wat Pho and shop the spectacular Damnoen Saduak Floating Market.
Hong Kong, China - From Victoria Peak, the Hong Kong metropolis is all primary colors and neon, commerce and capitalism. Yet just beyond the highrises are the Fragrant Harbour, Stanley Market, and mainland old China, complete with rice paddies and coolie hats.
Koh Samui, Thailand - Looking at the water, the palms, and the plants, you might think the color green was invented on Koh Samui, and then reinvented. Everywhere you look are shades of celadon, smaragdine, and viridian. Located in the Gulf of Thailand about 400 miles south of Bangkok, Koh Samui is an island of towering coconut trees, generous sun, and powdery white beaches. Cruise visitors will enjoy the Big Buddha, an important symbol for the locals, the Na Muang waterfall, and the beaches. Chaweng is the island's high-energy beach. Lamai is less busy. Maenam is quiet, and closest to port.
Nha Trang, Vietnam - White sand beaches, turquoise waters, beachfront cafes. Nha Trang's days as an underappreciated treasure are over. Still very much intact since the 7th century are the venerated towers of the Cham Ponagar Temple complex. Sample shore excursions: Nha Trang City Tour; Nha Trang Countryside.
Phu My, Vietnam - Whether you are on a wide boulevard admiring the French Colonial architectural influence, or in a bustling market haggling with a street vendor, you cannot escape the culture and history of this bustling city. Ho Chi Minh City is home to many colorful pagodas, cathedrals and palaces-including one of the city's oldest, Giac Lam Pagoda, dating from 1744. Sample shore excursions: Cambodia & Angkor Overland Adventure or Highlights of Ho Chi Minh City.
Sanya, China - Sanya boasts splendid beaches stretching for miles and offers water sports from snorkeling to jet skiing. Asian Dragon Bay is one of the most famously scenic spots on Hainan, a tropical Chinese island that has been called ?China?s Hawai`i.? Other popular attractions include Nanwan Monkey Island, home to more than 1,800 endangered macaque monkeys, and the 354-feet-tall statue of the Buddhist goddess of mercy, Guanyin of the South Sea of Sanya, erected on its own island just off the coast.
Singapore - It's an island city-state, a World War II battleground, a global economic superstar, and a crossroads of the world. Cruise to Singapore with Holland America Line and in the space of a few hours you can relax in a Chinese teahouse, purchase a colorful sari in Little India and visit the gold-domed Sultan Mosque.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Norwegian Star

IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the CEI meeting group through Continuing Education, Inc./University at Sea® at 800-422-0711 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.
Cruise Pricing
COMPETITIVE PRICING PROMISE: While we are not a 'cruise discounter,' we will match any price offered to the general public directly by the cruise line at the time of booking. In addition, we can offer the Cruise Line's lower non-refundable deposit rates.

Prices below are for the full cruise including meals and evening entertainment
Cruise Lines

3-Bedroom Garden Villa - These Villas can accommodate up to seven guests. With three bedrooms, each with a king- or queen-size bed and luxury bath and shower, you have plenty of space to revel in. Also includes a living room, dining room as well as a private garden with hot tub, outdoor dining area and terrace to enjoy the beautiful view from. Includes butler and concierge service
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Deluxe Owner's Suite - The Deluxe Owner's Suite sleeps up to six guests and offers a world of comfort with a living room, dining room, bedroom with king-size bed and some offer a separate children's bedroom. Guests will have an unforgettable experience in this suite with a convertible sofa, luxury bath with whirlpool tub and a wall of windows to enjoy the great view. Includes butler and concierge service.
Accommodates: 6
Total Approx. Size: 667 - 732 sq. ft..

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Owner's Suite with Two Balconies - The Owner's Suites with Double Balconies are great for up to four guests. They include a living room, dining room and separate bedroom with king-size bed. Along with a mini-bar, luxury bath with whirlpool tub and an amazing double balcony. Includes butler and concierge service.
Accommodates: 4
Total Approx. Size: 721-900 sq. ft.
Balcony Size: 150 sq. ft.
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Mini Suite with Balcony (MB) -All the space you need. Relax in your separate sitting area. Indulge in your luxury bath. Or step out onto your private balcony and breathe in the fresh air while taking in amazing views.

Accommodates: 4
Total Approx. Size: 283 sq. ft. Balcony size: 54 sq. ft.
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Oceanview Stateroom with Balcony - (BB) With room for up to three guests, Norwegian Star staterooms have two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and a pull out sofa to accommodate one more. Along with a sitting area, floor-to-ceiling glass doors and a private balcony with an amazing view.

Accommodates: 3
Total Approx. Size: 203-303 sq. ft.
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Oceanview Picture Window (OB) -With room for up to four guests, these Norwegian Star Oceanview Staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed and additional bedding to accommodate up to two more guests, as well as a picture window with a great view. These are mid-ship staterooms, which means you'll be right near everything on board.
Accommodates: 4
Total Approx. Size: 159 sq. ft.
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Mid-Ship Inside (IE) -Great for up to four guests, these staterooms come with two lower beds that convert into a queen-size bed additional bedding to accommodate up to two more guests. Because these are mid-ship staterooms, you'll have easy access to everything fun and exciting on board.
Accommodates: 4
Total Approx. Size: 142 sq. ft
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Prices are Per Person, Double Occupancy, Subject to change
Port Charges, Taxes & Fees $411.03

Cancellation Policies vary by cruise line, destination and sailing date.
Please check with one of our cruise consultant for policies applicable to this cruise.

Important Note: Not all staterooms within each category have the same furniture configuration and/or facilities. Appropriate symbols within the rooms on the deck plans describe differences from the stateroom descriptions . All information is subject to change.
PRICING SUBJECT TO CHANGE: Although subject to change at any time, the listed prices are generally available up to about 90 days before sailing; at that time they convert to typically higher, market rates.
CANCELLATION PENALTY POLICY WILL APPLY: Cancellation policies vary by cruise line, itinerary and length of cruise. When reserving your stateroom, please review the policy applicable to this cruise with our staff. We strongly recommend Travel Insurance to cover the unexpected.
FUEL SUPPLEMENT: Cruiselines may implement a fuel surcharge depending on the price of crude oil.
Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

TravelSafe.comPlease visit for travel insurance information.

Cruise Line cancellation policies are strictly enforced. For that reason, we urge all of our travelers to carefully consider whether travel insurance is a good value for them.

Certainly, if you have reason to think that "something might come up" that might force you to cancel, travel insurance is worth the cost of the premium. Examples we've seen in the past include ill or frail family members and changes in employment causing relocation.

If travel insurance is the right choice for you, we recommend TravelSafe. To visit their site and explore your options click here or on the link above. The cruise lines also offer travel insurance and we'd be happy to help you go that route if you'd prefer.