Venue: Hospital de Sant Joan Despí Moisès Broggi

Location: Sant Joan Despí, Barcelona, Spain

Event Date/Time: Sep 27, 2012 End Date/Time: Sep 27, 2012
Registration Date: Sep 20, 2012
Early Registration Date: Sep 20, 2012
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Promoted by the Health Sciences Department of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC) and Dr. Pere-Joan Cardona, a renowned expert in research into tuberculosis (TB), the international symposium "Can we eradicate TB?" is being organised to coincide with the creation of the University's new specialisation in Clinical TB Management.

The idea is for the specialisation and the symposium to generate synergies and complement one another, with the ultimate goal of taking an essentially practical approach to furthering knowledge of TB and improving the way the disease is dealt with at all levels.

The symposium, which is being held for the first time, will boast a number of international speakers, all chosen for the event on the basis of their experience and knowledge in their respective areas of expertise.

The presence of leading figures from the TB is bound to attract an international audience to the event. They will undoubtedly provide food for thought for attendees, guaranteeing a modern symposium with a wealth of opinions and a major post-event impact.

Contrary to popular belief, TB is by no means close to being eradicated, basically due to certain shortcomings hindering progress where research, diagnosis and treatment are concerned. Constant dialogue and interaction between the various parties involved in the different aspects of tackling the disease are vital to optimising the practical effect generated.

In relation to its target audience, the symposium aims to bridge a gap that currently exists, particularly in Spain, with a view to training medical workers to deal with TB and placing the latest research at their disposal to make them fully aware of the real context of the situation.

The symposium is set to be a platform for nurturing future international cooperation. It will contribute to the extension of the network via which knowledge and details of opportunities abroad are disseminated, to the development of common strategies for progress in research and seeking European funding, and to the implementation of general action plans related to diagnosis and/or treatment.

To provide a common forum in which researchers and others whose work is related to studying and dealing with TB can present and discuss the latest developments in the battle to eradicate the disease.

To disseminate and foster discussion of new therapeutic and prophylactic strategies and diagnostic techniques.

To overcome the stigma of TB and thus reduce its negative social impact, taking into account the new challenges the disease entails, such as the emergence of multi-resistant strains and managing advocacy.

To serve as a platform for the development of new joint initiatives among attendees, speakers and organisers, geared to fulfilling common goals.


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Additional Information

Programa 1st SYMPOSIUM TB WATCH CAN WE ERADICATE TB? Hospital de Sant Joan Despí Moisès Broggi Barcelona, 27 de septiembre de 2012 Thursday, 27th 09 am Welcome: Health Dept. Generalitat de Catalunya. 25 years of TB fight in Catalonia. 09:30 am Welcome: Pere-Joan Cardona. Unitat de Tuberculosi Experimental, IGTP. Badalona, Catalonia, Spain. Presentation of the UOC specialization course "Clinical TB Management". What can we expect from new drugs' development? 10:30 am Elsa Villarino. US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Atlanta, USA. 11:00 am Domingo Gargallo. Ferrer Group. Barcelona, Spain. 11:30- 12:00 pm Coffee break Role of ESAT-6 and BCG in the eradication 12:00 pm Peter Andersen. Statens Serum Institut, Copenhagen, Denmark. 12:30 pm Roland Brosch. Institut Pasteur, Paris, France. 13:00-14:00 pm Lunch What can we expect of new therapeutic approaches? 14:00 pm Juraj Ivanyi. King's College of London, UK. 14:30 pm Neil Martinson. Aurum Institute, Johannesburg, South Africa. How biomarkers can help us in predicting eradication? 15:00 pm Christoph Lange. Tuberculosis Center Borstel, Borstel, Germany. 15:30 pm Hazel Dockrell. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), London, UK. Is virulence and MDR a growing issue? 16:00 pm Stephen Gillespie. University of St. Andrews, London, UK. 17:00 pm Sebastien Gagneux. Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Basel, Switzerland. Advocacy: increasing funding will accelerate eradication? 17:30 pm Aitor Zabalgogeazkoa. Metges Sense Fronteres. Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. 18:00 pm Guillaume Le Loup. Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, Paris, France. 18:00 pm Closing remarks: Pere-Joan Cardona.