Union World Conference on Lung Health 2019

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Title: Lighting the path to TB care—advances in diagnostics
Symposium Chairs: Catharina Boehme, FIND and Daniela Cirillo, San Raffaele Scientific Institute

Each year, on the sidelines of the world’s largest conference on lung health, the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND) and the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG) organize a joint symposium to highlight the latest developments in tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics R&D. Diagnostics often do not exist, are inaccessible, or cost too much. They remain under-resourced and overlooked and together our aim is to shine a light on the urgent need to develop and deliver TB diagnostics that are affordable and accessible. #ItsTime to ensure that rapid TB diagnostic testing is available to all those who need it. The symposium is open to all and will begin with a welcome coffee along with snacks. We look forward to seeing you in Hyderabad.


Below are details of our participation at the conference.

Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Lighting the path to TB care – advances in diagnostics
Our annual symposium in collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership’s New Diagnostics Working Group, will highlight the latest developments in TB diagnostics R&D. Chaired by Catharina Boehme (FIND CEO) and Daniela Cirillo (San Raffaele Scientific Institute)
WS-08-B2 Paving the way for innovations to end the TB epidemic
08:00–11:00, MR 1.05 & 1.06
Modern challenges and the way forward in TB diagnostics: Targeted gene sequencing for drug-resistant TB diagnosis
, presented by Anita Suresh, Head of Sequencing, FIND
Thursday, 31 October 2019
Satellite: Laboratory network optimization to improve service delivery for TB
07:30–08:45, MR 1.05 & 1.06
What’s next for laboratory network optimization? Disease integration, scaling up use and measuring impact
, Zachary Katz, Chief Access Officer, FIND
Networks for Optimized Diagnosis to End TB: what is it and what can it do?
Heidi Albert, Head of FIND South Africa
Diagnostic network optimization as part of a data-driven national strategic planning process in Kenya, Jeremiah Ogoro, NTLP, Kenya
Placing diagnostic devices for impact: experience of the Philippines, Eddie V. Sistoso, RITM, NTRL
Designing optimal integrated sample referral systems in Kenya, Jeremiah Ogoro
SP-10-A3 Increasing availability of DST diagnostic: the need for thinking inside the box for a better, cost-effective and sustainable network
14:00–15:30, Hall 2
Moving towards universal DST: India’s experience
, presented by Sarabjit Chadha, Regional Technical Director, FIND India
SP-12-C4 Moving towards child-friendly strategies for pediatric TB laboratory-based diagnosis
14:00–15:30, Hall 5
Improving access to lab-based diagnosis for children: experience from the Challenge TB Funded pediatric TB project in India
, presented by Aakshi Kalra, National Operations Manager, JEET project, FIND India
Optimization of use of stool as a sample for pediatric TB diagnosis, presented by Pamela Nabeta, Senior Medical Officer
OA-06-C10 Mycobacterial genotype and drug susceptibility
16:00–17:30, Hall 2
Chaired by Timothy Rodwell, Senior Scientific Officer, FIND
OA-05-A3 TB tests for triage and monitoring
16:00–17:30, Hall 1
Chaired by Heidi Albert, Head of FIND South Africa
Friday, 1 November 2019
The paradigm shift – lessons from India
13:30–17:00, Hotel Lemon Tree Premier, HITEC City
A session on caring for people with TB in the private sector, led by the Joint Effort for Elimination of TB (JEET) project team
Satellite: The role of centralized testing; views from bedside to impact
07:30–08:45, Hall 1
Panellists include Samuel Schumacher, Deputy Head of TB
OA-13-B1 Genotyping: state of the art
10:30–12:00, Hall 2
Chaired by Timothy Rodwell, Senior Scientific Officer
OA-15-A3 Rapid genetic TB testing: performance and quality
14:00–15:30, Hall 2
Chaired by Heidi Albert, Head of FIND South Africa
Includes OA-15-412-01 Introducing external quality assurance for Xpert MTB/RIF testing- experiences from India, presented by Tarak Shah, Medical Officer
Saturday, 2 November 2019
SOA-16-A3 TB diagnostic innovations
14:00–15:30, Hall 6
Includes SOA-16-1159-02 Performance assessment of two tuberculosis-specific targeted next-generation sequencing assays for drug resistance detection, presented by Rebecca Colman, Scientific Officer, FIND
PS-33-C8 Can we find “missing persons” with TB through better quality services?
12:45–13:45, Hall 3
Includes PS-33-872-02 Is the joint effort for elimination of TB (JEET) project making any difference in urban project districts? Comparative crude analysis from five Indian provinces, poster presented by Vaibhav Ghule, Project Lead, JEET project, India