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February 2018

Inside this month’s TB Centre Newsletter: 

1. Registration for World TB Day & Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture
2. Seminars
3. F1000Research – Special Collection
3. Save the date – TANDEM mini-symposium
5. TB funding
6. Conferences coming up
7. CROI – TB Centre members presenting

Registration is open!

Steve Lawn Memorial Lecture – 22 March 2018

The TB Centre will be hosting the second series of lecture, to be presented by Professor Liz Corbett, organised in honour of the life and work of Stephen Lawn. Steve was Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the School and an active member of the TB Centre, and worked closely with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he was based from 2005 to 2012. Information about the first memorial lecture can be found here.

Register for this year’s lecture

Speaker: Professor Liz Corbett (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)
Title: Re-imagining HIV and TB Screening
Chair: Professor Tony Harries (IUALTD and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine Honorary Fellow)
Date: 22 March
Time: 17:15 – 18:30 GMT, followed by a drinks reception
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street

World TB Day Symposium – 23 March 2018

In March each year, the world commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. We take this opportunity each year to highlight contemporary research innovation and future challenges in a one-day symposium co-organised by LSHTM and UCL.

Tickets are going fast, so don’t miss your opportunity to register for this year’s symposium.

SpeakersList of speakers
Theme: The Challenge of Antimicrobial Resistance
Date: 23 March
Time: 9:00 – 16:30 GMT, with drinks reception afterwards
Venue: John Snow Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street

Following the symposium there will be a student-led session, co-hosted between the TB and AMR Centre, to discuss the importance and future of the topics raised during World TB Day.Please save the date for the 19 April, and we will release more information soon.

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Upcoming Seminars


Dr Matthew Bates, School of Life Sciences, University of Lincoln – Journey into sub-Saharan Africa HIV co-infections, TB and CMV
Thursday 8 March 2018, 12:45 pm (UK time), Manson Lecture Theatre, Keppel Street

Bern-Thomas Nyang’wa – PhD upgrade; The population pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of investigational regimens’ drugs in the TB-PRACTECAL trial
Friday 9 March 2018, 12:45 pm (UK time), LG6, Keppel Street

Dr Leonardo Martinez, Stanford University School of Medicine – Pediatric Tuberculosis in sub-Saharan Africa: Observations from Uganda and South Africa
Tuesday 20 March 2018, 12:45 pm (UK time), LG7, Keppel Street 

Dr Titus Divala – PhD upgrade; Should empirical oral antibiotics remain part of TB diagnostic algorithms in the era of antimicrobial stewardship?
Monday 26 March 2018, 12:45 pm (UK time), LG80, Keppel Street 

North London TB journal club

Ankur Gupta-Wright  – Title TBC
Thursday 26 April 2018, 12:45 pm, LG8, Keppel Street
Daniel Grint and Daniel Carter – Household-Contact Investigation for Detection of Tuberculosis in Vietnam
Thursday 3 May 2018, 1:00 pm, Jerry Morris A, Tavistock Place

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

F1000Research | Special Collection

As part of the World TB Day Symposium this year we are collaborating 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 are keen to engage with this year. We already have a number of articles in review, so if anyone would like to submit an article you can find out how, here.

(There is information on the F1000Research publishing model here, or this blog post from F1000 describes why they have established the model this way.)

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Coming soon | TANDEM mini-symposium

The TB Centre will be organising a mini-symposium to explore the results of the TANDEMproject.

The TANDEM project focuses on the objectives:

  • To identify feasible, accurate and cost-effective ways of screening TB patients for diabetes, and determine the prevalence of DM among TB patients and of TB in DM patients in different geographic areas.
  • To determine the level of DM management required during and after TB treatment, and the effect of glucose control on TB treatment outcome.
  • To identify key pathways which may account for enhanced susceptibility to, and poorer treatment outcomes of TB-DM by comparing gene expression and biomarker profiles in TB patients with, compared to those without, DM.
  • To establish the cellular and molecular basis responsible for the causal link between diabetes and TB, and in particular to determine the effect of hyperglycemia and genetic variation on the host protective response to Mtb.
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LSHTM News | TB funding

£4.1m grant to continue world-leading research into health problems in low and middle-income countries

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) has been awarded more than £4m by the Medical Research Council (MRC) for continued research into the health problems of low and middle-income countries (LMICs), which include emerging infectious diseases, adolescent health and non-communicable diseases. The work will be conducted by LSHTM’s MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group (TEG), led by Professor Helen Weiss.

Read more.

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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.

Conference registration closes 31 May.

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).

The abstract submission has closed.

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.

The deadline for submissions of abstracts, symposia, post-graduate courses and workshops is 17 April.

More details.

TSRU 2018 meeting (Oct)

The TSRU 2018 has been postponed from April to October 2018, to benefit from a proposed TB scientific pre-conference that will be organised preceding the Union Conference in The Hague (above).

Also this year, since TB 2018 will be organised (preceding the AIDS conference – above), the TSRU can be be aligned with one of these meetings.

A group of sessions will be available for TSRU, to maximize TSRU’s visibility. The conference dates, abstract deadlines and all other relevant practical information will be shared with the TSRU community shortly. Abstracts that have already been submitted will be considered for the conference in October.

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CROI 2018 | TB Centre members presenting

The annual Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) will be held from 4-7 March 2018, at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston, Massachusetts. Please note that CROI 2018 will be held from Sunday to Wednesday. Webcasts, abstracts, electronic posters, and other electronic resources from CROI 2018 will be available online after the conference.

The TB Centre is pleased to announce that we have the following members presenting:
Type: Workshop
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 PM, 4 March
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom A
Andrew Auld
Type: Oral Abstract Session
Time: 10:00 AM – 10:15 AM, 5 March
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom C
Type: Oral Abstract Session
Time: 11:40 AM – 11:50 AM, 5 March
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Ballroom C
Marriott Nilwasa
Type: Poster Session
Time: 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM , 5 March
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Poster Hall A

Type: Plenary
Time: 9:00 – 9:30 AM, 7 March
Location: Hynes Convention Center, Auditorium / Hall C / Auditorium Balcony

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