Union World Conference on Lung Health 2021

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FIND–NDWG JOINT SYMPOSIUM

Title: TB diagnostic tools: Is COVID-19 catalysing progress?
Symposium Chairs: Daniela Maria Cirillo, Ospedale San Raffaele (OSR) & NDWG; Madhukar Pai, McGill University

Tuberculosis (TB) diagnostics that are accurate, non-sputum based, rapid, low-cost, and user-friendly are necessary to find the “missing millions” affected by TB. In this session by FIND and the Stop TB Partnership New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG), updates on TB diagnostics research and development (R&D) will be shared. You will be engaged by global health specialists on topics including the most recent developments in the TB diagnostics pipeline, TB detection, and next-generation sequencing.

Presentations

The TB diagnostics pipeline during COVID-19, Morten Ruhwald, FIND & NDWG
TB detection: time to replace sputum? Caroline Williams, University of Leicester; Emmanuel Moreau, FIND; Jerry Cangelosi, University of Washington; Morten Ruhwald, FIND & NDWG; Simon Grandjean Lapierre, University of Montreal
Still waiting for better TB infection tests, Lele Rangaka, University College London
New treatment leaves gaps for diagnosis, Sophia Georghiou, FIND
Point-of-care sequencing: what’s on the horizon and what this could mean for TB, Rajesh Pandey, Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology
Closing remarks + Q&A facilitated by session Chairs


The 52nd Union World Conference on Lung Health – Lung health for all: solutions for a new era – is taking place as a virtual conference from 19–22 October 2021.

Tuesday, 19 October 2021
SYMPOSIUM 18:15–19:45 CET
TB diagnostic tools: Is COVID-19 catalysing progress?
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 Daniela Maria Cirillo, Ospedale San Raffaele (OSR) & NDWG; Madhukar Pai, McGill University.
MEET THE EXPERT 18:15–19:15 CET
Mycobacterium tuberculosis drug resistance associated mutations, the WHO catalogue current and future perspectives, Timothy Rodwell, FIND
Wednesday, 20 October 2021
SATELLITE SESSION 18:15–19:45 CET
How will COVID-19 reshape public health leadership in the future?
Sergio Carmona, FIND
SATELLITE SESSION 18:15–19:45 CET
Diagnostic Network Optimisation—using country data to strengthen TB diagnostic systems and build sustainable, integrated networks
Heidi Albert, Juhi Gautam, FIND
ORAL ABSTRACT SESSION 16:30–17:50 CET
OA-17 – Stakeholder interaction in TB care: Mentoring a TB laboratory for ISO-15189 accreditation during COVID-19 pandemic using a customized TB SLMTA facility-based approach, Aradhana Chauhan, FIND, Presenter
Co-authors: Sanjay Sarin, Sarabjit Chadha, Tarak Shah, L Prabakaran, Vidyanidhi Gumma, Jagadish Panda, FIND
Thursday, 21 October 2021
SPECIAL SESSION 15:00–16:30 CET
Digital Health: Is it a solution for a new era?
Sandra Kik
, FIND
COMMUNITY CONNECT SESSION 16:00–16:45 CET
Taking TB research literacy online
Karishma Saran, FIND
ORAL ABSTRACT SESSION 16:30–17:50 CET
COVID-19 impact on private practitioners affecting TB care in India
Co-authors: Aakshi Kalra, Tajamul Showket, FIND
Joint presentation : Ravdeep Gandhi, PATH and Akhil Purakkal ,FIND
Friday, 22 October 2021
ORAL ABSTRACT SESSION 12:30–13:50 CET
  • Equivalence of the GeneXpert® and GeneXpert Omni Systems for tuberculosis and rifampicin resistance detection, Sophia Georghiou, FIND
ORAL ABSTRACT SESSION 16:30–17:50 CET
  • Seq&Treat Phase I: an analytical evaluation of three targeted next-generation sequencing solutions for the detection of drug-resistant TB, Rebecca Colman, FIND
OTHER SESSIONS/19–22 October 2021
COMMUNITY CONNECT SESSION
 Seq&Treat – bringing next-generation TB care to underserved communities, Anita Suresh, FIND (Chair), Swapna Uplekar, FIND (Presenter)
ePOSTER PRESENTATIONS
  • Empowered women groups lead TB screening and diagnosis in rural Karnataka, India during the COVID-19 pandemic, presenter: Bheemaray Manganawar, FIND
  • Trends in private sector notifications in India, 2017 to 2020: Experiences from Joint Effort for Elimination of Tuberculosis project, presenter: Aakshi Kalra, FIND
  • Factors influencing access to free TB diagnosis and anti-TB drugs: Patient perspectives from private sector, the Joint Effort for Elimination of TB (JEET) project, presenter: Akhil Purakkal, FIND
  • Diagnostic Network Optimization – A data driven approach to increasing access and network efficiency of Programmatic Management of Drug Resistant TB (PMDT) in India, Heidi Albert, FIND
  • Diagnostic network optimization and integration of TB and HIV testing on GeneXpert can benefit TB programmes: a Zambia case example, Mayank Pandey, FIND
  • Accelerating TB Elimination through sustained engagement with Private health sector in a metropolitan city in South India, co-authors: Shobha Ekka, Aakshi Kalra, Sarabjit Chadha, Sanjay Sarin, FIND