LCNTDR Anniversary Event: 31 Jan 2017

30 Jan 2017

Identifying priorities and filling the gaps: What’s next for NTDs research?  
Tuesday 31 January 2017
Natural History Museum

Showcasing the latest scientific research for neglected tropical disease (NTD) control and elimination. The LCNTDR are holding an evening of research presentations and discussion aimed at identifying priorities for the future of NTD research.

The evening celebrates the 5th anniversary of the London Declaration on NTDs with a series of quick fire presentations and discussion from NTD experts aimed at identifying priorities for the future of NTD research. 

Meeting recording

Video showing presentations from the LCNTDR annual meeting


4:30 pm            Registration

5:00 pm            Opening remarks -  Professor Sir Roy Anderson, Imperial College London

5:05 pm            Welcome - Sir Michael Dixon, Natural History Museum

5:10 pm            Broadly-neutralizing antibodies to dengue virus - Professor Gavin Screaton, Imperial College London 

5:25 pm            Ethiopia's progress on NTDs and inclusion of operational research as evidence base for programme strengthening - Mr Nebiyu Negussu, Federal Ministry of Health, Ethiopia

5:40 pm            Short presentations: Expanding threats - 

Chaired by Dr Rachel Pullan

  • Chagas disease: an evolving burden - Dr Pierre Nouvellet, Imperial College London
  • The real threat of European schistosomiasis - Dr Bonnie Webster, Natural History Museum
  • Developing a multi-host mathematical model of zoonotic schistosome transmission in West Africa - Ms Anna Borlase, Royal Veterinary College
  • Analysis of CYD-TDV dengue vaccine efficacy using Phase III trial data - Dr Daniel Laydon, Imperial College London
  • Refugees as a threat to sleeping sickness elimination: integration challenges from Uganda - Dr Jennifer Palmer, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, University of Edinburgh

6:00 pm      Short presentations: The End Game - 

Chaired by Dr Deirdre Hollingsworth

  • What is (and isn’t) working: priorities for schistosomiasis implementation research - Dr Fiona Fleming, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, Imperial College London
  • The school as a platform for scalable and sustainable deworming - Dr Laura Appleby, Partnership for Child Development, Imperial College London
  • The Kalacore project: Reducing the economic and health burden of visceral leishmaniasis - Professor Simon Croft, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Characterising persistent hot-spots of urogenital schistosomiasis on Unguja Islands, Zanzibar - Mr Tom Pennance, Natural History Museum
  • Integrating maps and models: projections on eliminating NTDs - Dr Rachel Pullan, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

6:20 pm            Short presentations: New technologies and diagnostics - 

Chaired by Professor Joanne Webster

  • Humoral immunity, natural selection, and immune evasion in ocular Ct infection - Mr Harry Pickering, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • Population genomics of reduced efficacy of praziquantel against Schistosoma mansoni - Dr James Cotton, Sanger Institute
  • Diagnostics for STH: MDA decisions and TPP - Professor Graham Medley, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • The shift from control to elimination: implications and diagnostics - Dr Fabian Schär, Natural History Museum
  • Why should we care about animal NTDs? - Professor Dirk Werling, Royal Veterinary College

6:40 pm            Neglected tropical diseases: A DFID perspective - Professor Charlotte Watts, Department for International Development (DFID)

6:50 pm            Closing remarks - Professor Sir Roy Anderson, Imperial College London