MSF Scientific Day will be streamed live online from the Royal Society of Medicine on Friday 23rd May 2014 

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08:30 – 08:55 Registration

08:55 – 09:00 Welcome and Introduction  Vickie Hawkins, General Director, MSF UK

09:00 – 10:30 Session 1  HIV and TB: testing strategies and treatment outcomes

Chair: Nathan Ford, HIV/AIDS Department, World Health Organisation, Geneva

  • Risk factors for mortality and loss to follow-up before antiretroviral therapy: a multicentric, retrospective, cohort study of 48 HIV programmes
    Mathieu Bastard, Epicentre
  • Treatment outcomes in HIV infected and uninfected drug-resistant tuberculosis patients in Khayelitsha, South Africa
    Lynne Wilkinson, MSF
  • Is CD4 monitoring needed where there is routine viral load? A cohort analysis from Kibera, Kenya
    Helen Bygrave, MSF
  • Evaluation of home-based and mobile community HIV testing strategies, linkage to HIV care and treatment initiation in rural Swaziland
    Lucy Anne Parker, MSF


10:30 – 11:00 Break, online videos

11:00 – 12:30 Session 2  Research in settings of emergencies, violence and conflict

Chair: Paul Spiegel, Division of Programme Support and Management, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

  • Ensuring continuation of antiretroviral therapy during acute instability: the experience of MSF in Central African Republic and Yemen
    Cecilia Ferreyra, MSF
  • Health services for survivors of sexual and gender-based violence: Lae, Papua New Guinea
    Meggy Verputten, MSF
  • Humanitarian water at risk: chlorine decay in refugee camp water supply in South Sudan
    Syed Imran Ali, Blum Center for Developing Economies, University of California, Berkeley

Panel Discussion  Research in emergency settings: priorities and translation

Paul Spiegel (Chair), Francesco Checchi (Senior Humanitarian Health Advisor, Save the Children), Lauren Cooney (Operational Manager, MSF, Amsterdam), Rebecca Grais (Director of Epidemiology and Population Health, Epicentre), Sidney Wong (Medical Director, MSF, Amsterdam)


12.30 – 13.30 Lunch, online videos

12:45 – 13:15 Lunch-time talks  Technological innovation in humanitarian programmes

Chair: Ruby Siddiqui, Manson Unit, MSF UK

  • Global telemedicine innovation by MSF
    Laurent Bonnardot
  • Tech solutions for understanding the who, what and where of the needs of populations in crisis.
    Ivan Gayton, MSF


13:30 – 14:00 Keynote Speech

The role of evidence in humanitarian decision making

Jennifer Leaning, Director of the Francois-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard, USA; introduced by Philipp du Cros, Head of Manson Unit, MSF UK

14:00 – 15:15 Session 3  Outbreaks and eradication: reflection and examination

Chair: Philippe Guérin, Worldwide Antimalarial Resistance Network

  • Bundibugyo Ebola virus disease: symptoms, treatment and outcomes in the Ebola Treatment Centre, Isiro, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2012
    Thomas Kratz, Institute for Tropical Medicine and Public Health, Berlin, Germany
  • The 2014 Guinea Ebola outbreak - the challenge of complexity and scale
    Armand Sprecher, MSF
  • Cholera and pregnancy in Haiti: factors related to foetal death in pregnant patients presenting to MSF cholera treatment centres, September 2011- December 2013
    Erin Schillberg, MSF
  • Malaria has retreated but is not yet defeated: low Plasmodium falciparum prevalence and artemisinin resistance in north Cambodia
    Jean-Marie Kindermans, MSF


15:15 – 15:35 Break, online videos

15:35 – 17:15 Session 4  Research for policy and treatment change

Chair: Unni Karunakara, Yale University

Audience quiz – Can you guess the transmission mode of the disease by the mapping data?
Ivan Gayton

  • Field effectiveness and patient perceptions of new treatment modalities for visceral leishmaniasis in Bihar, India: a quantitative and qualitative study
    Nines Lima, MSF
  • The effectiveness of nutritional supplementation for children after illness on the incidence of malnutrition: two randomised, controlled trials in Nigeria and Uganda
    Saskia van der Kam, MSF
  • How MSF operational research in a neglected disease (Buruli ulcer) treatment programme can impact international management guidelines
    Daniel O’Brien, MSF
  • Exposing stock outs – a national crisis: a national baseline survey monitoring drug stock outs and assessment of the process of stock out activism in South Africa
    Marc Biot, MSF


Closing Remarks  Philipp du Cros

17:15 – 18:00    Poster session and drinks in the Atrium

17:30 – 18:00    Poster Tours – please see back of booklet for details

                            Tour A - HIV/TB 

                            Tour B - Neglected diseases, operational challenges and research analysis



We would like to thank our Scientific Day editorial reviewing team drawn from across MSF, Epicentre, the MSF Access CampaignPLOS Medicine, and Imperial College, London

Emilie Alirol (MSF), Annick Antierens (MSF), Sakib Burza (MSF), Helen Bygrave (MSF), Grazia Caleo (MSF), Jennifer Cohn (MSF Access Campaign), Graham Cooke (Imperial College, London), Philipp du Cros (MSF), Rebecca Grais (Epicentre), Jane Greig (MSF), Krzysztof Herboczek (MSF), Patricia Kahn (MSF), Rhona Macdonald (PLoS Medicine), Bern-Thomas Nyang'wa (MSF), Bhargavi Rao (MSF), Koert Ritmejier (MSF), Charles Ssonko (MSF), Sarah Venis (MSF)

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