Fri, 25/05/2012 - 09:30 to 20:00

Annual Scientific Day: share research experiences with partners within and outside MSF, debate and network across disciplines and organisations.

The MSF Scientific Day was held on Friday 25th May 2012, at the Royal Society of Medicine, London.

MSF Scientific Day logo (red)

This year for the first time we streamed the Scientific Day live online and hosted real-time online discussions with the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters. We had an excellent response from the online community and had people logging in to watch from 68 different countries.

Thank you to all of those who took part!


    8.30–9.30 Registration and coffee

      9.30–9.40 Welcome: Marc DuBois, Executive Director, MSF-UK

      9.40–11.05 Session 1: HIV and tuberculosis

      Chair: Graham Cooke, Clinical Senior Lecturer in Infectious Diseases, Imperial College London

      Risks and predictors of viral load failure during antiretroviral therapy in patients with and without prior antiretroviral use: a retrospective cross-sectional study
      - Jane Greig, MSF

      Scaling up of triggered viral load testing in rural Zimbabwe: implications for phasing out of d4T
      - Steven van de Broucke, MSF

      Paediatric tuberculosis: risk factors for death in 13 projects
      - Georgina Russell, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

      Developing a model of care to address adherence in patients failing second-line antiretroviral treatment in a resource-limited setting (Khayelitsha, South Africa)
      - Daniela Garone, MSF

      11.05–11.30 Break, poster session and online videos

      11.30–13.00 Session 2: How far should we go? Balancing competing priorities and responsibilities

      Chair: Francesco Checchi, Epidemiologist and Lecturer, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

      Prevalence and incidence of human papillomavirus infection, cervical abnormalities, and cancer in a cohort of HIV-infected women in Mumbai, India: a 12-month follow-up
      - Petros Isaakidis, MSF

      Use of nasal continuous positive airway pressure in neonatal care in MSF settings—our experience
      - Miroslav Stavel, MSF

      Long-term outcomes in children with severe acute malnutrition in a community-based management programme in Bihar, India
      - Sakib Burza, MSF

      Sexual/reproductive health, violence, mental health, and access to care in two districts of Guatemala City
      - Javier Rio Navarro, MSF

      13.00–13.55 Lunch, poster session and online videos

      13.55–15.10 Session 3: Technology for improving health care delivery

      Chair: Ginny Barbour, Chief Editor, PLoS Medicine

      Keynote speech: Digital humanitarianism
      Paul Conneally, Head of Communications & Partnership Promotion Division at the International Telecommunication Union: the UN agency for information and communication technologies; previously Public Communications Manager for The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

      Validation of satellite imagery methods to estimate population size
      - Chris Grundy, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

      Teleradiology improves diagnosis of tuberculosis in Thyolo District Hospital, Malawi
      - Isabella Panunzi, MSF

      15.10–15.30 Break, poster session and online videos

      15.30–16.30 Session 4: Finding and treating hidden and neglected populations

      Chair: Paul Fine, Professor of Communicable Disease Epidemiology, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

      Post-kala azar dermal leishmaniasis in Bangladesh: outcomes of short-course AmBisome regimens
      - Margriet Den Boer, MSF

      A rapid screening tool for psychological difficulties in children aged 3–6 years: results of primary and secondary validations
      - Caroline Marquer, Epicentre

      Targeted adherence strategies for provision of cross border antiretroviral therapy to migrant farm workers in Musina, South Africa
      - Helen Bygrave, MSF

      16.30–17.20 Session 5: Using research data in the digital age

      Chair: Philipp du Cros, Head of the Manson Unit, MSF-UK

      What happens next? How MSF uses research data
      - Nathan Ford, Campaign for Access to Essential Medicines

      'They Go To Die'—Screening of short film and talk by the Director
      - Jonathan Smith, Lecturer in Global Health and Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases at Yale University and an affiliate of the Yale Global Health Leadership Institute.

      Jonathan is currently working on a documentary investigating the life of four former migrant goldmine workers in South Africa and Swaziland who contracted drug-resistant tuberculosis and HIV while working in the mine

      17.20–17.30 Closing remarks: Philipp du Cros, Head of Manson Unit, MSF

      17.30–20.00 Evening drinks

      Join us on the day for live online streaming of presentations. We will also be hosting real-time online discussions with the opportunity to submit questions to the presenters.

      If you have any questions, feel free to email us at

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