Africa Health Research Institute and the Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine will co-host a World TB Day webinar on Wednesday, 24 March 2021 titled ‘TB research in the time of Covid-19’.

The programme features eight scientific talks from emerging TB researchers, and panel discussions led by Prof Val Mizrahi and Prof Willem Hanekom.

Date: Wednesday, 24 March
Time: 12pm – 2pm (SAST)
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Programme of events (click here for the PDF) 

Session 1

12:00 – 12:05
Welcome from Val Mizrahi and Willem Hanekom

12:05 – 12:15
Indira Govender – The impact of Covid-19 on TB diagnosis and care

12:15 – 12:20
Discussion (Indira Govender, Val Mizrahi & Willem Hanekom)

12.20 – 12:30
Simon Mendelsohn – Prospective validation of host blood transcriptomic biomarkers for pulmonary tuberculosis in people living with HIV

12:30 – 12:40
Ian Mbano – Single cell sequencing of human HIV/TB infected fibrotic lung tissue

12:40 – 12:50
Cheleka Mpande – Antigen-specific T cell activation distinguishes between recent and remote M.tb Infection

12:50 – 13:00
Q&A session moderated by Willem Hanekom: reflections on the impact of Covid-19 on TB Research

Session 2

13:05 – 13:15
Mohamed Ahmed – Sensing of Interferon-gamma by Mycobacterium tuberculosis

13:15 – 13:25
Linda Boloko – Xpert MTB/Rif Ultra for diagnosis of M.tb bloodstream infection in patients hospitalized
with HIV-associated TB

13:25 – 13:35
Gordon Wells – Micro-computed tomography of the human tuberculous lung

13:35 – 13:45
Ryan Dinkele – Capture and visualization of live Mycobacterium tuberculosis bacilli from tuberculosis
patient bioaerosols

13:45 – 13:55
Q&A session moderated by Val Mizrahi: reflections on the impact of Covid-19 on TB Research

13:55 – 14:00
Closing: Val Mizrahi and Willem Hanekom