MSF Scientific Day 2013 took place on 10th May 2013 at the Royal Society of Medicine. It was also streamed live online to over 1700 people from 92 countries.

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There was huge competition for spaces this year and we are very grateful to our Scientific Day editorial reviewing team drawn from across MSF, Epicentre, the Access Campaign, and the journals PLOS Medicine, and Conflict and Health.

Manica Balasegaram (MSF Access Campaign), Virginia Barbour (PLOS), Louise Bishop (MSF), Sakib Burza (MSF), Philipp du Cros (MSF), Rebecca Grais (Epicentre), Jane Greig (MSF), Pamela Hepple (MSF), Krzysztof Herboczek (MSF), Patricia Kahn (MSF), Kamalini Lokuge (MSF), Daniel O’Brien (MSF), Ruby Siddiqui (MSF), Charles Ssonko (MSF), Ruwan Ratnayake (Conflict and Health), Tony Reid (MSF), Emma Veitch (PLOS), Sarah Venis (MSF), Ian Woolley (MSF)


08:30 - 9:00: Registration & Poster Session

09:05 - 09:15: Welcome and Introduction: Paul McMaster, President of MSF UK

09:15 – 11:00: Session 1: HIV & Tuberculosis
Chair: Nathan Ford, HIV/AIDS Department, World Health Organisation, Geneva

  • TB treatment in a chronic armed conflict setting: treatment outcomes and experiences in Somalia
    Jane Greig, MSF 
    Read Abstract
  • The role of social media and health: examining the views and experiences of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) patient bloggers and TB programme staff on their interaction with blogging
    Shona Horter, MSF
    Read Abstract
  • Ocular inflammatory disease and ocular tuberculosis in a cohort of patients co-infected with HIV and multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Mumbai, India
    Petros Isaakidis, MSF
    Read Abstract
  • Effectiveness of the WHO regimen for treatment of multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB)
    Maryline Bonnet, Epicentre
    Read Abstract
  • Efficiency of HIV-1 pooled viral load testing to reduce the cost of monitoring antiretroviral treatment in a resource-limited setting in rural Malawi
    Pieter Pannus, MSF
    Read Abstract

11:00 – 11:30: Break, Poster Session & Online Videos

11:30 – 13:00: Session 2: Maternal and Child Health
Chair: Kamalini Lokuge, Implementation Research Advisor (Consultant), MSF

  • Estimation of maternal and perinatal mortality in the urban slums of Badia and Riverine in Lagos, Nigeria through the sisterhood method and preceding births technique
    Olivia Hill, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • Preliminary findings of a routine PMTCT Option B + programme in a rural district in Malawi
    Daniela Garone, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • Acute severe lead poisoning outbreak in Zamfara, northern Nigeria: neurological features, blood lead levels and description of 3,120 courses of chelation with dimercaptosuccinic acid (DMSA) in children ≤ 5 years
    Jane Greig, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • Preventing acute malnutrition among children aged 6 to 23 months in Niger: effect of supplementation and cash transfer
    Celine Langendorf, MSF
    Read Abstract

13:00 – 14:00: Lunch, Poster Session & Online Videos

14:00 – 15:15: Session 3: Research Impact

Introduction: Marc DuBois, Executive Director, MSF UK

Keynote Speech: Potential Synergy & Conflict Between Research & Advocacy
Hans Rosling is Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institutet, Co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation, 'edutainer' and TED talks alumnus. He has been an adviser to WHO and UNICEF and co-founded MSF in Sweden.

Panel Discussion: Assessing and Improving the Impact of MSF’s Research
Chair: Philipp du Cros, Head of Manson Unit, MSF, UK
Panellists: Dermot Maher (Wellcome Trust), Manica Balasegaram (MSF Access Campaign), Virginia Barbour (PLOS Medicine), Helen Bygrave (MSF)
Panellists will discuss issues around the results of a survey on research impact in MSF

15.15 – 15.45: Break, Poster Session & Online Videos

15:45 – 16:45: Session 4: Challenges for MSF Programmes
Chair: Bern-Thomas Nyang'wa, Project Manager and Coordinating Principal Investigator, MSF, UK

  • Is it time to stop being crude? Elderly mortality rates in a refugee camp in Maban County, South Sudan
    Philipp du Cros, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • Implementation of a voluntary reporting system for medical errors in Médecins Sans Frontières: results, lessons learned and future directions
    Leslie Shanks, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • The challenge of implementing innovation in MSF: the case study of parenteral artesunate as treatment for severe malaria
    Martin De Smet, MSF
    Read Abstract

16:45 – 17:45: Session 5: Outbreak Prevention and Response
Chair: Christopher Whitty, Chief Scientific Advisor and Director, Research & Evidence Division, UK Department for International Development (DFID)

  • Mass vaccination with oral cholera vaccine in response to an outbreak in Guinea
    Iza Ciglenecki, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • Seasonal malaria chemoprevention: a new player in the malaria control arena
    Estrella Lasry, MSF
    Read Abstract

  • Epidemiological characteristics of a prolonged hepatitis E outbreak in three refugee camps in South Sudan
    Ruby Siddiqui, MSF
    Read Abstract

17.45 - 17.50: Closing Remarks: Philipp du Cros

17.50 - 19.00: Evening Drinks & Poster Session

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