On 24 March, 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.
Our 2019 event took place on Friday, 22nd March at the Francis Crick Institute and was a joint collaboration between UCL, our hosts at the Crick, and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
This year, we were very excited to partner with institutions in the USA and Vietnam to make the symposium a truly global event. Events began in London, and towards the end of our day, as the American West Coast woke up, we had an extended handover to San Francisco. The UCSF event ended at 5pm their time and a symposium in Hanoi completed the marathon symposium.
Prof Neil Stoker of the UCL Centre for Clinical Microbiology has written a blog about the symposium, as well as a reception held by the APPG-TB earlier in the week that he attended. You can read Neil's blog here.
Full details of the speaker programme are below. Recordings of the talks are accessible via the following links:
- Dr Eric Goosby (via Dropbox)
- Dr Nim Pathy, Prof Taane Clark, Dr Claudio Köser (via Crick website - password "crick")
- Dr Myrsini Kaforou, Dr Rishi Gupta, Dr Susanne Herbst (via Crick website - password "crick")
- Prof Robert Wilkinson, Dr Molebogeng X. Rangaka, Dr Pete Dodd, Dr Peter MacPherson, Dr Delia Boccia, Dr Lucy Thomas (via Crick website - password "crick")
- Transatlantic session including Dr Bob Wachter, Dr Payam Nahid, Dr Nguyen Viet Nhung, Prof Dame Sally Davies, Dr Richard Pan, Prof Liz Corbett and Prof Adithya Cattamanchi (via Crick website - password "crick")
|8.45-9.15am||Registration and coffee|
|9.15-9.25am||Welcome address |
Prof Baron Peter Piot (LSHTM)
Lancet Commission on TB
|9.50-10.30am||Session 1: Antimicrobial resistance|
Prof Taane Clark (LSHTM)
What can whole genome sequencing of Mycobacterium tuberculosis tell us?
Dr Claudio Köser (University of Cambridge)
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it’. Defining susceptibility and resistance to anti-TB drugs.
|10.30-11.00am||Coffee and networking break|
|11.00am-12:00pm||Session 2: TB pathophysiology & diagnostic biomarkers|
Dr Myrsini Kaforou (Imperial College)
Host RNA biomarkers for TB: challenges and future directions
Dr Rishi Gupta (UCL)
Predicting incident tuberculosis: Can the transcriptome supplant the T-cell response?
Dr Susanne Herbst (Francis Crick Institute)
The role of the Parkinson's Disease kinase LRRK2 in innate immune responses to M. tuberculosis
|Session 3: Vaccines and clinical trials|
Prof Robert Wilkinson (Imperial College and Francis Crick Institute)
Vaccination against tuberculosis
Dr Molebogeng X. Rangaka (UCL)
TB preventive therapy: gaps and opportunities in the programmatic management of latent TB infection
Session 4: Determinants of mortality
|3.00-3.30pm||Coffee and networking break|
|3.30-3.45pm||Welcome to UCSF and summary of the Hanoi symposium|
Dr Bob Wachter (UCSF)
Dr Payam Nahid (UCSF)
Dr Nguyen Viet Nhung (Vietnam National Lung Hospital and NTP)
|3.45-4.00pm||Address: TB and the antimicrobial resistance agenda|
Prof Dame Sally Davies (UK Department of Health & Social Care)
TB and the Antimicrobial Resistance Agenda
Dr Richard Pan (California State Senator)
|4.30-5.25pm||Debate: Make TB prevention great again! This house believes treatment of LTBI should not be a high priority for low resource settings|
Prof Liz Corbett (LSHTM)
Prof Adithya Cattamanchi (UCSF)
|5.25-7.00pm||Final thanks and handover to UCSF, followed by drinks reception|