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May 2018
News and events from the Centre this month

Thank you to everyone who contributed to content for this month’s newsletter.

Inside this month’s TB Centre Newsletter: 

1. LSHTM special accreditation
2. Seminars
3. Debate in parliament on Ending TB – 7 June
4. TB Centre MSc project fair
5. TB MAC survey
6. F1000 special collection
7. Conferences
8. Job opportunities

LSHTM receives special accreditation to attend UNGA

Thanks to the work of members from the TB Centre, LSHTM has received special accreditation to attend the interactive civil society hearing in preparation for the UN General Assembly (UNGA) high-level meeting on tuberculosis, as well as the UNGA meeting itself on 26 September 2018, in New York.

The civil society hearing, taking place on 4 June in New York, aims to engage the active participation of “appropriate senior-level representatives of Member States, observers of the General Assembly, parliamentarians, representatives of local government, relevant United Nations entities, non-governmental organizations in consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, invited civil society organizations, academia, medical associations and the private sector, as well as people affected by tuberculosis and broader communities, ensuring the participation and voices of women, girls and indigenous leadership as part of the preparatory process for the high -level meeting”.

This is an excellent opportunity for LSHTM and the TB Centre, and we are proud of everyone who has helped with the preparations so far. We will provide an update on the hearing and UNGA in our next newsletter.

If you would like to know more, the TB Centre is a member of the UK Academics & Professionals to End TB, who are represented by institutions across the UK. This site has information about the UNGA meeting as well as the role that the group is aiming to fulfill.

If you would like to add your voice to the growing academic support, you can write to your MP by following the guidance on our website.

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Upcoming Seminars and Events

June:

 North London Journal Club | Marc Lipman and Helen Stagg (UCL-TB)
Comparison of different treatments for isoniazid-resistant tuberculosis: an individual patient data meta-analysis
Wednesday 6 June 2018, 4:00 pm, Rockefeller Building 339, UCL

TB Centre seminar | Anil Koul (Department of Antimicrobial Research Janssen R&D, Belgium)
Discovery of Bedaquiline – New drug for drug-resistant Tuberculosis
Monday 25 June 2018, 12:45 pm, John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street

July:

 TB Centre Seminar | Jayne Sutherland (MRC Unit The Gambia at LSHTM)
Tuberculosis research in The Gambia
Wednesday 4 July 2018, 12:30 pm, LG8, Keppel Street

August:

 TB Centre Seminar | Gavin Churchyard (Aurum Institute)
TB preventive therapy: recent advances, policy & scale up
Wednesday 8 August 2018, 12:45 pm, LG9, Keppel Street

You can find more information about upcoming events on our website.

MPs to Debate Ending TB in House of Commons on 7 June

Thanks to some very hard work and persuasive arguments from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPG-TB), the exciting news has just been announced that up to three hours on 7 June has been set aside in the House of Commons for a debate on Ending TB.

With just a short time to prepare, the Group is asking for your help to make this debate really count – read on to find out how you can get involved.

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TB Centre MSc Project Presentations – student and staff input needed

The TB Centre is organising an MSc Students’ Project Fair for all MSc students doing their summer project on any aspect of TB.

At this project fair, students will be given the opportunity to:

  • describe their planned summer projects
  • get feedback from TB research experts from the Centre, and
  • discuss with other presenters and experts how best they can achieve their planned work.

This is an excellent opportunity to get mentorship from a diverse group of experts. If you are interested, please register your project details by completing the form on the followinglink.

Current suggested dates are falling in the weeks beginning 11 and 18 June. Considering that we may get more students than an hour will allow, we might split the fair into two sessions. From the dates proposed in the below link, we will pick one for the week of the 11 June and another for the week of the 18 June. Any LSHTM staff who would be able to help with this event, please could you indicate your preference for the date(s) of the fair, using this link (thank you very much!). 

Keep a look out for future announcements from us, as we will provide more information soon and will be doing a similar seminar once field work has been conducted.

Registration deadline: 1 June 2018

Regards,
Titus H Divala
TB Centre Students Rep

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TB MAC Modellers Survey

TB MAC has been asked to compile and publish a list of all groups modelling TB worldwide.

The intention of this would be to enable external stakeholders, fellow modellers and other interested parties to rapidly identify who is working in a particular field of interest. Of course, to construct this list we need your help.

If you would be willing to use this opportunity to publicise your group and its work, please fill in the linked survey

We hope that, by keeping the information collected to a relative minimum, and with an annual opportunity to update it, this list can be kept both current and useful. With that in mind, please do forward this request to any friends or colleagues who might be interested.

Many thanks, and best wishes,
Finn, Richard and Kristian for TB MAC
www.tb-mac.org
tb-mac@lshtm.ac.uk

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World TB Day F1000

F1000 Special Collection

As part of the World TB Day Symposium this year we collaborated with F1000Research to produce a Special Collection.

The F1000 has partnered with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Wellcome Open Research to support open research publishing platforms, and this is something we were keen to engage with this year.

Thank you to everyone who has submitted to the collection so far. This collection is still open so if you would like to submit an article you can find out how, here.

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External News | Conferences

SA TB Conference 2018 (Jun)

The 5th SA TB Conference in Durban, South Africa will take place between 12 – 15 June 2018.  The conference focuses on strategies and activities to end the TB epidemic once and for all. More details.

TB 2018 (July)

TB 2018 is an official pre-conference of the 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018). The meeting will take place Sunday, 22 July 2018, at the RAI Amsterdam Convention Centre, just prior to AIDS 2018.

It is co-hosted by the International AIDS Society (IAS) in collaboration with the Stop TB Partnership and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). More details.

The Union World Conference 2018 (Oct)

The 49th Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague, The Netherlands, will take place between 24 – 27 October 2018 and bring together researchers, global advocates, scientists, healthcare professionals, students and community members working on all aspects of lung health.

The conference theme, Declaring Our Rights: Social and Political Solutions, highlights that to eliminate TB and achieve the health-related Sustainable Development Goals requires a coordinated public health response driven by the human rights of each individual. More details.

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Job Opportunities

Research Assistant – short term contract 6 months

A research assistant with experience in epidemiological or clinical research in infectious diseases and or nutrition is required to support the setup and implementation of TB research studies in the Philippines with Professor Sharon Cox (jointly appointed to Nagasaki University and the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK) partnered with the Nutrition Centre Philippines.

This includes a multisite outpatient cohort study following TB outpatients throughout their course of anti-TB treatment and phase 2 of an inpatient TB cohort at San Lazaro Hospital in Manila. The position will be based full time in the Nagasaki University – San Lazaro Collaborative Research Office, Manila, the Philippines with travel within the Philippines and possibly Japan.

A longer term opportunity as academic research staff at Nagasaki University/LSHTM will become available within the duration of this position and dependent on performance and suitability, the person appointed to this position will be encouraged to apply.

This position is open until filled.

Job description, qualifications and more information.

International consultant roles

The WHO are seeking an international consultant to support the development of a national TB Laboratory strategic plan in Chad. Interested candidates should send their cv and motivation letter to tsc_tb@who.int no later than 1 June 2018. You can read the terms of reference here.

 

The WHO are also seeking an international consultant to support the development of a GeneXpert Expansion plan in Senegal. Interested candidates should send their cv and motivation letter to tsc_tb@who.int no later than 1 June 2018. You can read the terms of reference here.
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