UCB-UCSF Joint Symposium: Advancing science and policy to accelerate the global fight against Tuberculosis

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Date: Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Time: 1:00-3:30pm | Reception to follow
Location: David Brower Center
2150 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704
Free registration

Speaker Bios

Join us for an afternoon symposium on Bay Area efforts to advance the global fight against Tuberculosis. Featuring presentations and panel discussions from UC Berkeley and UCSF faculty researchers, and special guests, on the latest research on understanding, preventing and treating the disease. How can we leverage cutting-edge insights from the fundamental sciences, bioengineering, public health, as well as clinical and translational research to influence policy and implementation?

Also including an update on the strategic plan to eliminate Tuberculosis in California by 2040, and implications for bridging local, national and global response.


1:00-1:10 Opening Remarks

Eric Goosby, M.D., UN Special Envoy for Tuberculosis

Mini Talks: Advances in Basic Science, Treatment, and Trials

1:10-1:20 Utilizing new tools to uncover fundamental mechanisms of TB-host interactions

Jeff Cox, Ph.D., C.H. Li Chair of Biochemistry and Molecular Endocrinology, Professor of Immunology and Pathogenesis, University of California at Berkeley

1:20-1:30 Heteroresistance: Why it matters

Midori Kato-Maeda, M.D., Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, San Francisco General Hospital, UCSF

1:30-1:40 Getting to shorter, safer, more effective treatments for TB 

Payam Nahid, M.D., MPH, Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UCSF

1:40-1:50 Nimble and efficient trial designs to accelerate regimen development

Patrick Phillips, Ph.D., MSc, Assistant Professor, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UCSF

1:50-2:00 Q&A (time permitting)

Mini Talks: Advances in Bioengineering, Diagnostics, and Public Health

2:00-2:10 Point of care assays for detecting drug resistance to lactam antibiotics

Niren Murthy, Ph.D., Professor in the Department of Bioengineering, University of California at Berkeley

2:10-2:20 Enhancing the quality of tuberculosis diagnosis in Uganda: An implementation science case study

Adithya Cattamanchi, M.D., MAS, Associate Professor in Residence, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, UC San Francisco

2:20-2:30 Bridging TB science and public health in low-resource settings: Need for bolder approaches

Lee Riley, M.D., Professor of Epidemiology and Infectious Diseases; Division Head, Infectious Diseases and Vaccinology, School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley

2:30-2:40 Q&A (time permitting)

Moving science towards policy

2:40-2:50 Path to TB elimination in California

Jennifer Flood, M.D., Chief, Tuberculosis Control Branch, California Department of Public Health

2:50-3:20 Panel: Translating TB science for local, national, and global policy – challenges, setbacks, and ways forward.

Moderator: Philip Hopewell, M.D., Co-founder, Curry International Tuberculosis Center, UCSF

Special Guest: Madhukar Pai, M.D., Ph.D., Canada Research Chair in Translational Epidemiology & Global Health; Director, Global Health Programs, McGill University

Other panelists: Jeff Cox (UC Berkeley), Payam Nahid (UCSF), Jenny Flood (CDPH), Lee Riley (UC Berkeley)

3:20-3:30 Closing remarks

Honorable Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, M.D., Minister of Health of South Africa, and Chair of the Stop TB Partnership Board

Reception to follow (Atrium)


Special thanks to symposium chairs

Chairs: Jeff Cox (UC Berkeley), Payam Nahid (UCSF), Lee Riley (UC Berkeley)


The symposium is organized in Berkeley on the occasion of the first meeting of The Lancet Commission on Tuberculosis, which will present its conclusions to coincide with a United Nations High Level Meeting on TB in 2018. This symposium is made possible by a UC Berkeley/UCSF planning grant from the Koret Foundation.