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World TB Day 2015: What do we need to know to reach, treat and cure everyone with TB?

Tuesday 24 March

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UCL-TB and the LSHTM TB Centre are marking World TB Day 2015 with an all-day event on Tuesday 24 March at the UCL Institute of Child Health (UCL ICH).

Eminent national and international speakers will highlight the leading issues and research to reach, treat and cure those with tuberculosis, including a debate about the management of multidrug-resistant TB contacts.

The meeting will also review the new Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England collaborative five year TB national strategy to eliminate TB as its implementation begins.

Through bringing a wide range of researchers together we aim to encourage new cross-disciplinary links and collaborations between scientists and clinicians at the forefront of the TB field.


08.45-09.15 Registration

09.15-09.30 Welcome and introductions

- Professor Ibrahim Abubakar (Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, MRC Clinical Trials Unit at UCL, and Director, Centre for Infectious Disease Epidemiology)

- Dr Helen Fletcher (PhD, Senior Lecturer in Immunology, LSHTM)

09.30-10.30 Session 1: Plenary lectures/Scene setting
Chair: Dr Helen Fletcher (as above)

- Professor Anne O'Garra (Head of Division of Immunoregulation, MRC National Institute for Medical Research (NIMR) and Chair of Infection Immunology, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London)
Transcriptional profiling of blood reveals the human immune response in tuberculosis: Implications for support of diagnosis, treatment monitoring and immunotherapy

- Dr Stephen D. Lawn (Reader in Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, LSHTM)
Antiretroviral therapy and control of the HIV-associated TB epidemic

10.30-11.00 Networking break

11.00-12.00 Session 2: Global strategy
Chair: Professor Timothy McHugh (Director, Centre for Clinical Microbiology at UCL)

- Dr Mukund Uplekar (Senior Medical Officer, Policy, Strategy and Innovations Unit, Global TB Programme, World Health Organization (WHO))
WHO’s global TB strategy post-2015

- Professor Eskild Petersen (Editor-in-Chief, IJID Journal and Professor of Tropical Medicine and Parasitology Senior Consultant Department of Infectious Diseases Aarhus University Hospital Skejby Aarhus Denmark)
Overview of the IJID TB Journal Series

- Dr Ruth McNerney (TB Alert, Community Base)
New TB diagnostics and rollout

- Dr Katherine Fielding (Reader in Medical Statistics & Epidemiology, LSHTM)
Treatment adherence and m-health in China

12.00-12.50 Lunch

12.50-13.35 Session 3: Debate - Tools vs Social Determinants

Chair: Dr Marc Lipman (Senior Clinical Lecturer (Honorary Consultant), UCL Division of Medicine)

- Dr Delia Boccia (Lecturer Social Epidemiology, LSHTM)

- Professor Andrew Hayward (Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology and Inclusion Health Research, UCL Institute of Epidemiology & Health Care)

13.35-14.45 Session 4: National strategy

Chair: Dr Helen Booth (Clinical Lead, TB Service North Central London South)

- Duncan Selbie (Chief Executive, Public Health England)
Overview of the collaborative TB Strategy for England 2015-2020

- Dr Kunst Heinke (Senior Lecturer, Barts Health NHS Trust)
Critique of the collaborative TB Strategy for England 2015-2020

- Professor Graham Bothamley (Honorary Professor, QMUL, Chair of TB for the European Respiratory Society, Chair of TB Network European Trialsgroup (TBnet))
Research that supports TB control: a national strategy

- Aaron Oxley (Executive Director, RESULTS UK)
Using the collaborative TB Strategy for England 2015-2020 in our advocacy

14.25-14.45 Panel discussion: Research, patient and advocacy implications of the new UK TB Strategy

14.45-15.15 Networking break

15.15-16.15 Session 5: Clinical trials

Chair: Professor Andrew Nunn (Scientific Programme Leader, Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at UCL)

- Dr James Seddon (Clinical Lecturer, Section of Paediatrics, Department of Medicine, Imperial College London)
Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis in children

- Dr Bern-Thomas Nyang'wa (Project Manager & Chief Investigator, TB-PRACTECAL Project, Manson Unit, Médecins Sans Frontières/Doctors Without Borders (MSF))
Phase 3 MDR-TB clinical trials: Lessons from 'quinolones for TB studies'

- Professor Francois Balloux (Professor of Computational Systems Biology, UCL Genetics Institute, Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment)
The emergence of extensive antimicrobial resistance in TB, dynamics and role of some host and strain factors

16.15-16.30 Concluding remarks
- Professor David Moore (Professor of Infectious Diseases & Tropical Medicine, LSHTM)
- Professor Timothy McHugh (as above)

16.30-17.30 Networking reception

UCL & LSHTM World TB Day organising committee:

Ibrahim Abubakar (UCL)
Katherine Fielding (LSHTM)
Helen Fletcher (LSHTM)
Marc Lipman (UCL)
Timothy McHugh (UCL)
Dave Moore (LSHTM)
Ali Zumla (UCL)




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The UCL Populations & Lifelong Health Domain brings together researchers and practitioners across UCL and beyond, to explore the factors that determine health and disease in populations, and to develop, test, and measure the impact of interventions and service improvement to enhance the health and wellbeing of the public, and reduce inequalities in health status.

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