PHE symposium on TB: Overcoming scientific and commercial barriers to conquering tuberculosis
Convened by Professors Nigel Silman and Seshadri Vasan, Public Health England (PHE)
Supported by BIA, OBN and One Nucleus
Vandervell Lecture Theatre, The Royal College of Surgeons, 35 - 43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE
19/10/2016 12:30 - 19/10/2016 17:00 (strategically timed on the afternoon prior to the BIA’s UK Bioscience Forum 2016 http://www.ukbioscienceforum.org/).
Tuberculosis is an infectious disease that, despite all progress, claims a number of deaths paralleled only by those from HIV/AIDS. In 2014, TB infected 9.6 million people (0.5 million of them multi-drug resistant) and killed 1.5 million people (0.4 million of them HIV+). To achieve an incidence of 100 or fewer cases per million by 2035, we have to overcome both scientific and commercial challenges in diagnostics as well as prevention and treatment. These topics will be covered by this symposium organised by Public Health England (PHE), an operationally autonomous Executive Agency of the UK Department of Health which has TB as one of its seven priorities for the period 2015-2020.
(Arrive between 11:30 and 12:25 at the Edward Lumley Hall for registration, networking and tea/coffee/biscuits. Participants are expected to finish lunch before arriving or bring a sandwich).
12:30 to 12:40: Welcome and introduction (Dr Sarah Anderson)
12:40 to 13:00: Keynote setting the scene (Speaker TBC)
13:00 to 13:50: How do we know it is TB? – Overcoming scientific challenges in diagnostics (Chairs: Professor Ibrahim Abubakar & TBA)
13:50 to 14:30: How do we know it is TB? – Overcoming commercial challenges in diagnostics (Chairs: Professor S.S. Vasan & Mike Mandelbaum)
14:30 to 15:10: Tea and networking break
15:10 to 16:10: How can we prevent and treat TB better? – Scientific challenges pertaining to vaccines and drugs (Chairs: Professors Derrick Crook & Phil Marsh)
16:10 to 16:50: How can we prevent and treat TB better? – Commercial challenges in prevention and treatment (Chair: Dr David Rhodes)
16:50 to 17:00: Vote of thanks and close (Professor Nigel Silman)
This event is likely to be of interest to academic, private sector and non-profit organisations.