ASTMH 2018

The 67th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene will take place from 28 October to 1 November 2018, New Orleans.

FIND is participating in one breakout session ahead of ASTMH 2018, as well as in three symposiums, several oral presentations, plus poster sessions:

(COR-NTD Breakout session) Data driven planning for HAT elimination, the role of new technologies — 27 Oct 2018, 9:00 am-12 pm —  Moderators: Albert Picado, FIND Geneva; Erick Miaka, PNLTHA, DRC

Speaker Topic
Gerardo Priotto
World Health Organization, Geneva
  • The HAT Atlas: a GIS based system to monitor progress in HAT elimination
Yves Claeys
Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
  • GIS based data for rational planning of active case finding
Joseph Ndung’u
FIND, Geneva
  • Using mapping and remotely collected data to adapt passive screening activities
Epco Hasker
Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp
  • Digital imaging for external quality assurance


(Session 39) 100,000 papers later: Reviewing and mapping the etiology of non-malarial febrile illnesses globally — 29 Oct 2018, 4:00-5:45 pm — Symposium organizer: Philippe J. Guerin, Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, UK; Co-Chair: Paul Newton, Mahosot Hospital, LDR

Speaker Topic
Dennis Ip
School of Public Health, HKU, Hong Kong
  • Non-malaria fever revealed – insights from China
Heidi Hopkins
  • Non-malaria fever revealed – insights from Africa
Andre M. Siqueira
INIEC, Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Brazil
  • Non-malaria fever revealed – insights from Latin America
Poojan Shrestha
Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, UK
  • Non-malaria fever revealed – insights from South and Southeast Asia
Sabine Dittrich
FIND, Geneva
  • Massive data-collection and mapping effort – important implications


(Session 73) Next generation rapid diagnostic tests for malaria: prospects and considerations — 30 Oct 2018, 10:15-12:00 pm — Chair: Domingo Gonzalo, PATH; Co-Chair: Xavier Ding, FIND

Speaker Topic
Jordi Landier
Shoklo Malaria Research Unit, Thailand
  • A P. falciparum ultrasensitive rapid diagnostic test as a tool to inform malaria elimination in Eastern Myanmar
Ana Maria Vasquez
Universidad de Antioquia, Medellin, Colombia
  • Performance of a P. falciparum ultrasensitive rapid diagnostic test for malaria in pregnancy
Xavier Ding
FIND, Geneva
  • Performance of selected RDTs for the detection of asymptomatic malaria infections
Sophie Allauzen
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, WA
  • New diagnostic tools for malaria, what to expect


(Symposium 129) Cryptic reservoirs of T.b.gambiense: A threat to HAT elimination? — 31 Oct 2018, 10:15-12:00 — Chair: Joseph Ndung’u, FIND; Co-Chair: Marleen Boelaert, ITM

Speaker Topic
Bruno Bucheton
IRD, Montpellier
  • Is there a reservoir of human latent carriers for T.b.gambiense?
Gustave Simo
University of Dschang, Cameroon
  • State of the art on potential animal reservoirs for T.b.gambiense
Dieter Mehlitz
Free University of Berlin, Germany
  • The epidemiological significance of domestic and wild animal reservoir hosts for T.b.gambiense
Kat S. Rock
Univ. of Warwick-Zeeman Institute, Warwick, UK
  • Predicting the impact of cryptic reservoirs on the future of sleeping sickness: lessons learnt from mathematical modelling


Oral presentations

Session 8: Alternative tools for malaria diagnosis – 29 October, 8:00–9:45 am

  • #30 – A novel quantitative suspension array tool for high sensitive quantification of HRP2 and pLDH in blood from P. falciparum and P. vivax-infected patients in Peru and Nigeria (8:15-8:30 am) – Incardona S, et al.

Session 48: One Health: Interface of human health/animal diseases – 29 October, 4:00–5:45 pm

  • #702 – Molecular diagnostics of potential pathogens in the wildlife trade in Lao PDR (4:00-4:15 pm) – Robinson MT, et al.

Session 87: Malaria: Innovation and challenges in malaria research and control – 30 October, 1:45 – 3:30 pm

  • #1358 – Preliminary data from a biomarker evaluation trial among non-severe febrile patients in a malaria endemic setting in Malawi(2:00-2:15pm)- Escadafal C, et al.

Session 109: Kinetoplastida: Diagnosis, treatment and vaccine development – 31 October, 8:00–9:45 am

  • #1414 – Evaluation of a loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) kit as a molecular diagnostic test for congenital Chagas disease (8:45-9:00 am) – Picado A, et al.

Poster sessions

Session A, Monday, Oct 29, 12-1:45 pm

  • #574 – Evaluation of point-of-care tests for cutaneous leishmaniasis diagnosis in Afghanistan – Picado A, et al.

Session B, Tuesday, Oct 30, 12-1:45 pm

Session C, Wednesday, Oct 31, 12-1:45 pm

Conference website