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From 2017 all TB samples in England will have routine whole genome sequencing performed.

This one-day conference will be an essential update for practitioners on the upcoming launch of routine whole genome sequencing and the implications for TB diagnosis, management and control.

The conference is aimed at all those involved in the diagnosis, management and prevention of TB including; Hospital and Public Health consultants involved in the mangement of TB; Trainees in Respiratory Medicine, Infectious Diseases, Microbiology and Public Health; TB nurses; Biomedical scientists; PHE staff.

This event has been approved by the Federation of the Royal Colleges of Physicians for 6 CPD credits.


09:20–09:55 – Registration

09:55–10:00 – Introduction

Derrick Crook – Director, National Infection Service, Public Health England

10:00–10:30 – The changing epidemiology of tuberculosis in England

Ibrahim Abubakar – Director, Institute for Global Health, University College London

Peter White – Head of Modelling and Economics Unit, Public Health England

10:30-10:50 – The changing structure of TB services in England

Grace Smith – Director, National Mycobacterial Reference Services, Public Health England

10:50-11:20 – Discussion and Coffee break

11:20–11:40 – Changes in phenotypic drug sensitivity testing

Ana Cruz – Clinical Fellow, University of Oxford

11:40–12:00 – Predicting drug susceptibility from Whole Genome Sequencing

Tim Walker – Academic Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

12:00-12:20 – Whole Genome Sequencing compared to MIRU-VNTR for outbreak detection

David Wyllie – Senior Clinical Research Fellow, University of Oxford

12:20-12:30 – New format of TB reference laboratory reports

Tim Peto – Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases - University of Oxford

12:30-13:45 – Discussion and Lunch

13:45–14:00 – Round-up of recent clinical trials and their implications

Gerry Davies – Reader in Infection Pharmacology, University of Liverpool

14:00–14:15 – New drugs – access and experience of use

Graham Bothamley – Clinical Director, North East London TB Services

14:15–14:45 – The impact of new laboratory data on clinical practice

Marc Lipman – Director, UCL-TB Centre

14:45-15:00 – Future of MDR-expert advice services

Onn Min Kon – Lead Clinician for TB Services, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

15:00-15:35 – Discussion and Coffee

15:35-15:50 – The role of TB control boards in local TB prevention and control

Sarah Anderson – Head, National TB Office, Public Health England

15:50-16:10 – Early experiences of using WGS data for outbreak detection in Birmingham

Martin Dedicoat – Infectious Diseases Consultant and TB Lead, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

16:10-16:25 – Role for social network analysis - fewer but more focused investigations?

Lauren Ahyow – Specialist Registrar, Public Health England, East Midlands

16:25-16:40 – Experience from the Find and Treat programme – a model to be replicated

Al Story – Founder and Clinical Lead of the pan-London Find & Treat Service

16:40-16:55 – Future of screening for latent TB

Hanif Esmail – Clinical Lecturer, University of Oxford

16:55-17:10 – Developing an MDR-TB contact registry

Kate Gaskell – Academic Clinical Fellow, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

17:10-17:25 – Global Potential of TB WGS

Tim Rodwell – FIND (Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) and Associate Professor at University of California at San Diego

17:25-18:10 – Case presentations and panel discussion

Chris Conlon – Professor of Infectious Diseases and TB Lead, Oxford University Hospitals

Helen Booth – Respiratory Medicine consultant and TB Lead, University College London Hospitals

Martin Dedicoat – Infectious Diseases consultant and TB Lead, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital

17:55 – Closing remarks and round-up

David Moore – Professor Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

18:00–18:30 – Networking Reception with wine

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