Side-meetings

Side-meetings

Side-meetings are scheduled by groups wishing to take advantage of the presence of international TB, HIV, tobacco control and lung health experts at the World Conference on Lung Health. These events take place at the conference centre or nearby facilities.

Organisations interested in hosting a pre-conference or side-meeting may find more information here.

Side-meeting schedule

Wednesday, 26 October 2016

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New Diagnostics Working Group Annual Meeting

09:00-12:00

Session Room 1A

(Open to all delegates)

At its 2015 Annual Meeting, the New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG) launched three task forces with the goal of advancing the priorities in TB diagnostics research and development to support the targets of the End TB strategy and the Global Plan to End TB.

This year, we will review progress made since our last annual meeting with a particular focus on the achievements of our Task Force on Tests for progression of latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) to active disease. The task force coordinator and members will report on the outcomes of an expert workshop convened by the NDWG in July and present newer understanding of the evolving concept of LTBI diagnosis, as well as advanced drafts of the Target product profile (TPP) for a test of progression of LTBI and of the Framework for evaluation of novel LTBI tests.

Additional presentations will consider the use of existing molecular tests and the perspectives of next generation sequencing for detection of drug resistance in high TB burden countries, and share a recent overview of the biomarker pipeline for TB detection at the point-of-care level, including for paediatric TB.

Chairpersons:

Catharina Boehme, FIND, and Daniela Cirillo, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, NDWG Co-Chairs

Coordinator:

Alessandra Varga, FIND, NDWG Secretariat

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9th FIND Symposium

13:30-17:00

 Session Room 1A

(Open to all delegates)

The FIND symposium will discuss the recent advances as well as priority challenges in TB diagnostic development and implementation in order to support the targets set by the End TB Strategy.

In the first part of the session, FIND and partners will review advances in the TB diagnostics pipeline, including in point-of-care diagnosis and in biomarker discovery. Additional presentations will focus on the upcoming evaluation of the GeneXpert Omni system and on the next revolution in the diagnosis of drug-resistant TB - next generation sequencing (NGS). The two talks on NGS will consider how increased simplification and portability coupled with important cost reductions will make this technology more accessible for laboratories in low- and middle-income countries.

The second part of the session will involve a panel discussion on the theme “Adapting diagnostic pathways to patient needs”. The multi-disciplinary panel will discuss existing barriers to diagnosing patients where they first seek care and referral for individualised diagnosis and care at higher levels of the health system for more complex cases. The panel will consider the end-to-end solutions and country-specific approaches needed in the context of health systems diversity.

Chair:

Catharina Boehme, Chief Executive Officer, FIND

Coordinators:

Claudia Denkinger and Alessandra Varga, FIND

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Time

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Aeras stakeholder meeting and luncheon

11:00-14:00

Albert & Kings Suite/Pullman

(Open to all delegates)

New, more effective TB vaccines will be essential to achieving the targets put forth in the End TB Strategy. The Aeras stakeholder meeting will provide an update on Aeras's progress and priorities in developing new vaccines, with an emphasis on TB vaccines in clinical development, community engagement in TB vaccine research, and advocacy and resource mobilisation.

Thursday, 27 October 2016

 

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The NCD Dialogues Session 1

On the front line: the role of front line health workers in preventing and treating lung diseases and NCDs

 

12:15-13:15            

Session Room 11A

 

(Open to all delegates)

People living with lung diseases, and in particular additional NCD co-morbidities, require ongoing complex and holistic care. With increasingly ageing populations in both developed and developing countries, the burden of these co-morbidities is continually growing, and yet health systems are ill-equipped to respond. In order to respond effectively to NCD co-morbidities, there is a need to place a strong emphasis on the value of early prevention, strengthen and reorient health systems for chronic conditions, to integrate care across lung health and other NCDs. The role of front line health workers is instrumental both in educating the population on NCD prevention, and in delivering integrated care for people with NCDs.

Coordinator: Tiphaine Lagarde, NCD Alliance (Switzerland)

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Friends of Pakistan

14:30-15:30

Albert & Kings Suite/Pullman

(Closed meeting)

Friends of Pakistan is an annual meeting of national and international partners, collaborating organisations and individuals working with the National TB control programme in Pakistan. The meeting provides opportunity to share progress, highlight challenges and identify in TB control in Pakistan, one of the top 10 TB high burden countries in the world.

Chairperson: Nasir Mahmood Khan, NTP Pakistan (Pakistan)

Friday, 28 October 2016

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The NCD Dialogues Session 2
                             

On the front line: global opportunities: climate change, lung health and NCDs?

12:15-13:15            

Session Room 11A

 

(Open to all delegates)

Climate change and non-communicable diseases are acknowledged to be two of the defining challenges of the 21st century. Climate change is projected to have increasingly damaging effects on communities and economies over the coming decades, being set to cause several hundred thousand deaths annually by 2030. Despite the worsening health impacts of climate change, the links between these two areas create as much an opportunity as a threat. Chronic lung conditions and NCDs share common risk factors, of which air pollution, physical inactivity and poor diet are major causes of morbidity and mortality. These three risk factors share some of the same origins and solutions as climate change, across sectors including energy, transport systems, food and agriculture, and emissions from industry, commerce and workplaces.

Objectives are to:

  • Understand the unique role of frontline healthcare workers in educating, supporting and caring for patients with Lung Health and NCDs
  • Discuss current areas of weakness for healthcare systems to respond to lung diseases and NCD co-morbidities
  • Explore good practice in reorienting health systems for integrated chronic care (e.g. early TB screening for people with diabetes; chronic care)

Programme

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Photo: A side-meeting of tobacco control experts