Organized by the Sentinel Project
Join the Sentinel Project on Thursday, August 31st from 10:00-11:00 EDT (16:00-17:00 CET) for a presentation from Dr.Valérie Schwoebel and Dr. Jay Achar entitled “Shortened Regimens for Children and Adolescents with MDR-TB.” Dr. Schwoebel will provide results on the effectiveness and tolerance of the short regimen in children and adolescents with MDR-TB in the 9 countries of francophone Africa where the Union observational study on the short regimen was conducted. Dr. Achar will provide an overview of MSF’s experience using the short regimen for MDR-TB in children and adolescents with a particular focus on implementation challenges and potential solutions, as well as interim safety and outcome results. Dr. Schwoebel and Dr. Achar will be joined by Dr. James Seddon as commentator and moderator. Please see below for instructions on how to connect via WebEx. There will not be a dial-in option for this webinar. Please note:
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About the Presenter Dr. Valérie Schwoebel, Public Health Specialist, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
Valérie Schwoebel, MD, PhD, is a French public health specialist with experience in HIV and TB epidemiology and surveillance. She works for the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease, where she is managing several programs of technical assistance, training, and operational research on TB in West and Central Africa. She has been involved in the conduct and the analysis of the observational study on the short regimen for MDR-TB in 9 African countries.
About the Presenter Dr. Jay Achar, Infectious Disease and Internal Medicine Specialist, Médecins Sans Frontières
Dr. Jay Achar is a specialist in infectious diseases and internal medicine who works for Médecins Sans Frontières as a TB/HIV and viral hepatitis advisor. He has clinical and programmatic experience from a wide range of countries including Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Russia Federation, and Belarus as well as Sierra Leone, Liberia, DR Congo, and South Sudan. He supports MSF’s activities in delivering community-based TB care in Karakalpakstan, paediatric DR-TB treatment in Dushanbe, and XDR-TB treatment to patients in Chechnya.
Moderator Dr. James Seddon, Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London, Department of Medicine
James Seddon is a Clinician Scientist based out of Imperial College London. He trained in Paediatric Infectious Diseases and now divides his time between clinical work and research. His main area of research is the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of tuberculosis infection and disease in children, particularly drug-resistant forms. During 2017 he is spending six months on a Fulbright Scholarship at the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School to evaluate different strategies to combat drug-resistant tuberculosis in children.