McGill University, Montreal, in association with partners, announces its 4th Advanced Course in TB Diagnostic Research, to be held in Montreal from July 8 – 12, 2013. Course description is available at: http://www.teachepi.org/courses/tbdiagrx3.htm
This advanced course will cover the principles behind diagnostic research, diagnostic study designs, sources of bias, and value chain for TB diagnostics development. Also, conventional and advanced methods for systematic reviews (meta-analyses) of diagnostic tests will be presented, along with the GRADE approach to diagnostic policies. This course will introduce multivariable approaches to diagnostic research, and cover alternative designs which evaluate patient outcomes, including the diagnostic RCT, and implementation research. The course will also cover latent class analysis, mathematical modeling, costing and cost-effectiveness studies. Panel discussions will cover topics such as market analyses, market dynamics, regulatory issues, target product profiles, and industry engagement in TB diagnostics development.