Conference information

This 2nd conference will update the considerable progress in TB programmes and research that has taken place since 2013, and will be established as a regular event. The conference will take place over 2.5 days starting at 13:00 on Wednesday 21st March and finishing at 16:00 on Friday 23rd March 2018.

Themes will include: Towards zero death – tackling childhood TB in Europe and abroad, Clinical course of childhood TB, New insights into an old disease – from basic science to new diagnostics, MDR TB – a new threat.

About Vilnius is a modern and historic city that sits as a bridge between Eastern and Western Europe. It is easily accessible from Eastern and Western Europe and beyond, and is an attractive venue with a strong history of medical conferences.

Venue: Crowne Plaza Vilnius, M. K. Čiurlionio g. 84, Vilnius 03100, Lithuania. Telephone +370 5 274 34 00,

Dr Steve Welch on behalf of pTBnet.

Location: Crown Plaza Hotel, Vilnius, Lithuania 21 st – 23 rd March 2018

  • Day 1: Wednesday 21 st March 2018
  • pTBnet Business Meeting
    pTBnet Members

  • Conference Registration and lunch

  • Session 1: Towards zero death – tackling childhood TB in Europe and abroad
    Chairs: TBC

    Global TB Epidemiology in Children
    Dr Babis Sismanidis

  • Epidemiology in Europe with special focus on MDR
    Dr Senia Rosales-Klintz

  • End Tb: strategies in Eastern European countries
    Prof Andrei Mariandyshev

  • TB programmes in Africa
    Dr Anna Nakanwagi – Mukwaya (TBC)

  • Coffee

  • The importance of PK studies for programmes
    Prof Helen McIlleron

  • Development of new drugs in children
    Rob Aarnoutse (TBC)

  • TB in special population – refugees in Europe
    Dr Folke Brinkmann

  • Clinical case presentations
    Dr Uli Von Both

  • Summary of day

  • Day 2: Thursday 22 nd March 2018
  • Session 2: Clinical course of childhood TB
    Chairs: TBC

    Invited lecture: History of TB
    Dr John Innes

  • News on prevention – vaccine trials
    Dr Helen Fletcher

  • Natural course of childhood TB, Science of latent TB and progression – latent to reactive
    Dr Hazel Dockrell

  • A bad start- TB in pregnancy
    Dr Elisa Lopez

  • Coffee

  • Double trouble – TB and HIV coinfection
    Dr Steve Welch

  • TB Meningitis –what’s new?
    Dr Anna Turkova

  • Debate: No role for injectables in MDR regimens for children
    Dr James Seddon/ Dr Tony Garcia Prats (TBC)

  • Lunch

  • Session 3: New insights into an old disease – from basic science to new diagnostics

    Immunology- new biomarkers
    Prof Beate Kampmann (TBC)

  • New TB diagnostics – recent developments and future assays
    Dr Marc Tebruegge

  • Coffee

  • Treatment options of drug resistant TB – trial update
    Dr Tony Garcia-Prats

  • Clinical cases presentations
    Dr Anna Turkova & Dr Steve Welch

  • Role of EBUS in children
    Magis-Escurra (TBC)

  • Lunch

  • Compliance and Video Observed Therapy

  • TB apps – any use?
    Dr Christian Herzmann

  • Debate: Always obtain samples for microbiology
    Dr Grace Smith & Dr Folke Brinkmann (TBC)

  • Summary of day and conference