Welcome letter

Welcome

We look forward to welcoming everyone with an interest in improving care for children with TB to the 2nd International Meeting on Paediatric Tuberculosis in Vilnius in March 2018. Some 5 years after the first meeting in Padova, Italy, there are many exciting areas of research and clinical development to update on. Long neglected, misdiagnosed and underreported, the importance of paediatric TB is at last being appreciated and important questions are being addressed in research. This research needs to be translated into policy and clinical practice on the ground, and we aim to bring together the best international experts and speakers with those involved in hands on clinical work.

Abstracts and bursaries

Abstracts will be welcomed for submission as eposters, and bursaries will be available to facilitate attendance from areas with high burdens of paediatric TB.

About pTBnet

pTBnet is an international network of almost 200 clinicians and researchers in paediatric TB founded in 2009. The first International Meeting on Childhood Tuberculosis was organised by pTBnet in Padova, Italy in March 2013. This meeting was pivotal in bringing together experts in many aspects of paediatric TB, and was attended by over 100 delegates from across the globe. In Vilnius we aim to assemble practitioners from Eastern and Western Europe and beyond.

About the conference

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

www.cpvilnius.com

Dr Steve Welch on behalf of pTBnet