11 October 2017, 13:00 - 17:00
Expo Guadalajara Convention Centre, Guadalajara, Mexico
This year, FIND and the New Diagnostics Working Group (NDWG) joined in convening partners and members at a symposium which was held on 11 October back-to-back with the 48th Union World Conference on Lung Health.
During the symposium, we provided an overview of the most recent advances in the global TB diagnostics pipeline and reviewed progress made in various areas to address diagnostic needs towards ending the TB epidemic. Sessions focused on the use of next-generation sequencing for surveillance, diagnosis and patient management, and on the development of new tests for latent TB infection to support TB elimination.
The event also involved a round table discussion around the challenges in molecular testing roll-out on a programmatic level. Panelists considered how the interpretation of genetic mutations can guide clinical decision for treatment and shared different perspectives about the prospects of scaling up molecular approaches in different settings.