Arctic Meeting on Clinical TB update

April 2, 2019

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




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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