MSc Student-led Seminar “GeneXpert, new drugs and disease control: practical experiences of the TB epidemic”

A seminar from the TB Centre Seminar Series

Date: Thursday 11th May 2017

Time: 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Venue: LG24, LSHTM, Keppel Street

Speakers – LSHTM MSc students: Jeremy Hill, Bianca Sossen, Vicki Parris


Jeremy Hill (MSc Public Health for Development) – Experiences responding to a humanitarian emergency in Papua New Guinea: DR-TB in Western Province.

Jeremy was a TB medical officer with the Western Province TB Programme based at Daru General Hospital, Western Province, PNG. His day to day work involved clinical management of a cohort of about 700 TB patients, of which 180 had drug resistance.

Bianca Sossen (MSc Control of Infectious Diseases) – First-hand experience of Tuberculosis in a South African setting: from primary to tertiary at Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital.

Bianca is a medical graduate from UCT. She will be sharing stories from my time as a medical intern at Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital in Soweto, Gauteng where there was high patient load, especially those presenting with TB/HIV, and very limited resources.

Victoria Parris (MSc Public Health for Development) – Programmatic use of Bedaquiline & Delamanid for MDR-TB in Armenia.

In 2016, Vicki worked in Armenia with Medecins Sans Frontieres expanding access to the new TB drugs Bedaquiline and Delamanid through the endTB (Expanding New Drugs for TB) project.  She worked with the National TB Programme to enrol MDR-TB patients in an observational study to generate evidence on safety and efficacy, and provided technical advice and training to improve the quality of clinical care of co-morbidities and TB drug side effects.