ASTMH 2019

The 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene will take place from 20 to 24 November 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland, USA.

FIND is participating in one breakout session ahead of ASTMH 2019, as well as two side events (organized by FIND), several meetings, oral presentations and poster sessions.

ASTMH blog: Tailoring the use of rapid diagnostic test to each unique setting


Breakout session:

18 November 2019

Diagnostic Needs for Meeting the WHO New NTD Roadmap Goals of 2030 – 1:00 to 4:00 PM, MGM National Harbor, Theater Box Office – Floor 1
Co-chair: Joseph Ndung’u, Head of NTD programme, FIND (more information)

Side events:

20 November 2019

Harnessing data for fever and outbreak management: the evolution of (virtual) biobanking for diagnostic development – 3:00 to 5:30 PM, Chesapeake F, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (open to all)
This workshop will highlight shared challenges in diagnostic development for infectious diseases, with a focus on Zika and other arboviruses, as well as on the opportunities for virtual biobanking to improve access for researchers and product developers to support product validation. FIND welcomes all expertise for the discussion period.

21 November 2019

IEEE EMB Special Topic Conference on Healthcare Innovations and Point-of-Care Technologies – Session 7 – Global Health: System Considerations for POC Technologies – 11:15 AM to 12:30 PM, NIH Natcher Conference Center (more information)
Chairs: Arunan Skandarajah, BMGF & Laura Povlich, NIH.
Speakers: Catharina Boehme, FIND; Sally McFall, Northwestern U.; Jeff Stringer, UNC; John Wilbanks, Sage Bionetworks

24 November 2019

FIND-WHO-VRI Initiative on Standardization of ZIKV Diagnostics (by invitation only) – 10:00 AM to 12:00 noon, Chesapeake C, Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center (by invitation only)
Despite being recognized in 2016 as a public health emergency of international concern, there are limited data on the optimal approach to Zika virus (ZIKV) diagnostic testing. FIND is leading an initiative to conduct a standardized performance evaluation of a currently available molecular and immunologic diagnostic test for ZIKV. The project identifies holders of ZIKV and other arbovirus samples to address the need for well-characterized clinical samples for product validation and develop a framework for a centralized virtual repository and sample sharing agreements.

Scientific sessions and oral presentations:

21 November 2019

Session 15 – Algorithm in the diagnosis of febrile illness using pathogen-specific rapid diagnostic tests – 11:15 to 11:30 AM, Maryland B (Ballroom Level) (more information)

22 November 2019

Session 81 – Diagnosis of Malaria: Are the Available Tools Sufficient to Eliminate the Disease? – 1:45 to 3:30 PM, Maryland A (Ballroom Level) (more information)
Co-chair: Sandra Incardona, Scientific Officer, FIND
Prospective performance evaluation of a combined malaria/CRP rapid diagnostic test in India –  Srivastava B, Sharma S, Ongarello S, Shenai S, Loganathan P, Sarin S, Anvikar A, Dittrich S – Presenter: Sandra Incardona, Scientific Officer, FIND (more information)

23 November 2019

Session 113 – From Biomarker Discover to Differential Diagnosis in Malaria Endemic Settings – 8:00 to 9:45, Potomac C (Ballroom Level) (more information)
Co-chair: Sabine Dittrich, Head of Malaria & Fever, FIND
Bm2Dx – Introduction to open access biomarker development tracker to guide diagnostic development for bacterial versus non-bacterial tests – Dittrich S – Presenter: Sabine Dittrich, Head of Malaria & Fever, FIND (more information)

Poster Sessions

Prince George’s Exhibit Hall D (Lower Atrium Level) 12:00 PM – 1:45 PM

Poster session A:

21 November 2019

#LB-5141 – Commercial host biomarker-based diagnostics to differentiate between bacterial and non-bacterial infections in a highly malaria-endemic setting in Malawi. Dittrich S, Harris V, Escadafal C, Chilima B, Malava J, Banda L, Mvula H, Kasambara W, Crampin M, Lee S, Macé A, Fernandez L, Geis S (more information)

#365 – Treatment algorithms with radical cure of vivax malaria based on sex: a cost-effectiveness analysis to support roll-out strategies. Devine A, Incardona S, Howes R, Price R, Dittrich S, Ding X (more information)

Poster session B:

22 November 2019

#907 – A systematic review of novel biomarkers for malaria diagnosis. Yerlikaya S, Owusu E, Frimpong A, Ding X (presenter: Incardona S.) (more information)

#917 – Operational performance of a highly-sensitive diagnostic method for detection of malaria infections in pregnancy in Papua New Guinea. Kombut B, Melepia P, Fidelis R, Nate E, Lorry L, Tavul L, Ome-Kaius M, Scoullar M, Boeuf P, Ruybal-Pesántez S, Riddell M, Vallely L, Vallely A, Morgan C, Fowkes F, Beeson J, Richards J, Mode B, Pomat W, Owusu E, Incardona S, Ding X, Hiasihri S, Laman M, Robinson L (more information)

Poster session C:

23 November 2019

#1570 – A report on the integration of a malaria rapid diagnostic test in a point of care clinical decision support platform, MEDSINC, for use in primary healthcare settings in Kano State, Nigeria. Pellé K, McLaughlin M, Giwa A, Mount-Finette E, Scarpino S, Haidar N, Adamu F, Adeyoju T, Ravi N, Thompson A, Finette B, Dittrich S. (more information)

#1574 – Performance evaluation of a novel multiplexed lateral flow assay to identify common causes of fever in Asia and inform treatment decisions. Arafah S, Blacksell S, Mayo M, Currie B, Macé A, Ongarello S, Gunasekera A, Esfandiari J, Dittrich S (more information)

#1745 – Redefining typhoid diagnosis: what would be a better test need to look like and what innovations are out there to meet the needs? Mather R, Dailey P, Hopkins H, Dittrich S (more information)

Conference website