The 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health will assemble in The Hague, Netherlands, from 24 to 27 October 2018. Researchers, global advocates, civil society, scientists, healthcare professionals and students working on all aspects of lung health will unite under the theme ‘Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions’. The conference will focus on how eliminating tuberculosis (TB) and achieving the health-related Sustainable Development Goals requires a coordinated public health response driven by the human rights of each individual.
Jointly organized by FIND and the New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG). This year, FIND and NDWG join in convening partners and members at a symposium to be held on 24 October.
The symposium will provide an overview of the most recent advances in the global TB diagnostics pipeline and review progress made towards ending the TB epidemic.
Date and time: 24 October 2018, 13:00-17:05
Venue: Ballroom A1, The Hague Marriott Hotel, Johan de Wittlaan 30, 2517 JR, The Hague, Netherlands
Catharina Boehme, FIND and Daniela Cirillo, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, NDWG Co-Chairs
Welcome coffee – 13:00-13:30
Welcome and introduction by Co-Chairs
Keynote speaker: Eric Goosby, UN Special Envoy on Tuberculosis
Session 1 – Updates on the global TB diagnostics pipeline – 14:05-15:00
- Progress in the TB diagnostics pipeline and in the development of triage tests, Claudia Denkinger, FIND
- Point of care molecular technologies – challenges to meeting the ASSURED criteria, Jim Gallarda, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
- WHO updated guidelines for MDR-TB treatment, Christopher Gilpin, World Health Organization
Session 2 – Panel discussion: A new priority for TB diagnosis: active case finding strategies to catalyze country efforts – 15:00-16:15
The panel discussion will highlight the key role of active case finding as a complementary strategy next to passive approaches, in order to ensure early diagnosis and treatment of TB patients and reduce transmission. Panelists will discuss which risk groups should be screened in priority, the interventions to be considered in order to maximize impact, as well as the current research gaps.
Introduction and moderator: Liz Corbett, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- Sarabjit Chadha, FIND India
- Keertan Dheda, University of Cape Town, South Africa
- Hamidah Hussein, IRD Global, Pakistan
- Nestani Tukvadze, National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases, Georgia
Session 3 – NDWG Task Forces: Accelerating development of new tests to end TB – 16:15-17:00
- Real-time sequencing in the real world of TB – are we ready for prime time ?, Camilla Rodrigues, Hinduja Hospital
- Bm2Dx: the one-stop-shop for TB diagnostic biomarker evidence, quality and R&D progress, Tobias Broger, FIND
Closing remarks by Co-Chairs