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Arctic Meeting on Clinical TB update

TBnet was a co-organizer of the meeting together with TB Center Arctic, Umeå University Hospital, Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS), Umeå University, and INNOVA4TB, research project. The meeting gathered over 100 participants among them about 15 TBnet members. During the Arctic meeting the World TB Day was celebrated by demonstrating WHO TB banners “It’s Time”, the gallery of TBnet Photo Contest pictures and announcing the winners of the contest.

Speakers and participants were from Sweden, Norway, Germany, Ukraine, Moldova, Spain, Poland and USA. After-meeting activity included indoor climbing, building a snowman from snow, ice skating and ice-fishing.


Introduction and Welcome Andreas Winroth, Head of the TB Center Arctic Oliver Billker, Director of Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)


Chair persons: Johan Normark and Maria Björmsjö

9:15 Keynote lecture: The Global Burden of Child TB: Tools to Turn the Tide Anna Mandalakas, Professor of Pediatric and Tropical Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, USA

10:00 Pediatric TB Management in a High Endemic Setting of TB and HIV Judy Orikiiriza, MD, PhD, Infectious Diseases Institute, College of Health Sciences Makerere University in Uganda

10:30 Questions to speakers, comments

10:45 Holistic Approach to TB in the Family – Case discussion Deborah Fritiof, Department of Pediatrics, Umeå University Hospital Therese Thunberg Department of Infectious Diseases, Umeå University Hospital

11:45 Lunch and Poster Session


Chair persons: Olena Rzhepishevska and Anders Sjöstedt

12:45 Management of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Christoph Lange, Professor, Medical Director, Research Center Borstel, Germany; affiliated professor, Umeå University

13:30 Does One Size Really Fit All? Therapeutic Drug Monitoring During TB Treatment Lina Davies Forsman, Karolinska University Hospital, Solna, Stockholm

14:00 Questions, comments

14:15 Coffee and Poster Session

SESSION 3 TUBERCULOSIS IN MIGRANTS 14:45 Pediatric TB in Refugees - Diagnosis and Treadtment on the Run Folke Brinkmann, MD, PhD, University Children`s Hospital Bochum, Germany

15:15 TB Control Strategies in Adult Migrants Kayvan Bozorgmehr, MD, Department of General Practice & Health Services Research, Heidelberg University Hospital, Germany

15:45 Questions, Comments

15:55 Best Arctic Abstract Oral Presentation and Best Arctic Poster Prize and announcement of TBnet photo contest winner

Presenting: Anders Johansson and Christoph Lange

16:25 Ending of the Meeting

Johan Normark Department of Infectious Diseases, Umeå University Hospital, and The Laboratory for Molecular Infection Medicine Sweden (MIMS)

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