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UCL-AHRI Symposium: Towards HIV and TB elimination in South Africa

UCL - Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)

Monday, February 12, 2018 from 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL - Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) Symposium

Towards HIV and TB elimination in South Africa 

Monday 12 February 2018

Roberts Foyer, UCL Engineering Building, Malet Place, London WC1E 7JE Map

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The first UCL-AHRI scientific symposium will take place on 12 February 2018 in the UCL Roberts Building, London.

The one-day event entitled, “Towards HIV and TB elimination in South Africa”, will bring together researchers from UCL and London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) with those from the African Health Research Institute (AHRI) in South Africa. It will provide a great opportunity to find out more about the research undertaken at AHRI, and to explore the collaborative potential between these organisations.

The event aims to bridge cross-disciplinary boundaries and promote interaction between researchers while fostering greater collaboration between UCL, AHRI, LSHTM, and beyond. The symposium will focus on three primary fields of research relevant to AHRI’s activities: HIV, TB, and the methodology of cross-disciplinary team-based research. The event will cover a range of disciplines including population-based methodologies, laboratory science, epidemiology, the social sciences, and research ethics.

Speakers from all three institutions will present their innovative research and answer your questions. Attendees will also enjoy welcome and closing speeches from Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost, Dr Dame Nicola Brewer, UCL Vice-Provost (International) and Dr Sir Jim Smith, Director of Science at Wellcome.

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09:15 - 09:45


09:45 - 09:55

Welcome from Dr Dame Nicola Brewer

UCL Vice-Provost (International)

09:55 - 10:05

Introduction from Dr Sir Jim Smith

Director of Science, Wellcome Trust

10:05 - 10:15

Introduction from Professor Deenan Pillay

Director of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) South Africa , and Professor in Virology, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

10:15 - 10:30

Professor Rob Heyderman

Professor of Infectious Diseases, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

'Models for Academic engagement in Africa'

10:30 - 12:00

Session 1: New methodologies

Chair: Professor Helen Weiss

Professor of Epidemiology and Director of the MRC Tropical Epidemiology Group, LSHTM      

Professor Till Bärnighausen

AHRI Faculty; Alexander von Humboldt University Professor and Director, Heidelberg Institute of Public Health, University of Heidelberg, Germany

'Methods to estimate causal intervention effects in population health research'

Professor Aroon Hingorani 

Director, UCL Institute of Cardiovascular Science; and Chair of Genetic Epidemiology

'Democratising drug development success through human genomics'

Professor Alan Aderem

President Emeritus and Professor, Center for Infectious Disease Research, Seattle

'Using the tools of Systems Biology to tackle problems in Global Health'

Professor James Hargreaves 

Professor in Epidemiology and Evaluation, LSHTM

'Challenges and opportunities for implementation science at AHRI'

Professor Janet Seeley 

AHRI Faculty; and Professor of Anthropology and Health, LSHTM

'Mixed methods in health science research – the place of social science'

Panel discussion

Lead discussant: Professor Rob Heyderman

Professor of Infectious Diseases, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

12:00 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30

Session 2: HIV

Chair: Professor Andrew Phillips

Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, UCL Institute for Global Health

Professor Frank Tanser

AHRI Faculty; and Professor of Epidemiology, University of KwaZulu-Natal

'Population-based approaches to reduce HIV incidence'

Professor Mike Malim

Professor of Infectious Diseases, King's College London

'Exploring variation in HIV infection to address replication control and natural history'

Dr Alex Sigal

AHRI Faculty; and Research Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology, Berlin, Germany

'The HIV reservoirs and evolution program at AHRI'

Dr Henrik Kløverpris

AHRI Junior Faculty

'Mucosal barriers in response to HIV infection in antiretroviral treated individuals from South Africa'

Dr Maryam Shahmanesh 

AHRI Faculty; and Senior Lecturer, UCL Institute for Global Health

'Sexually transmitted HIV in adolescents and young adults in rural KZN:  What is to be done?'

Panel discussion

14:30 - 15:15

Networking break

15:15 - 16:45

Session 3: TB

Chair: Professor Ibrahim Abubakar

Professor in Infectious Disease Epidemiology, and Director, UCL Institute for Global Health

Professor Alison Grant

AHRI Faculty; and Professor of International Health, LSHTM

'TB at AHRI: towards interrupting transmission'

Dr Alex Pym

AHRI Faculty

'Drug-resistant tuberculosis'

Dr Helen Fletcher 

Associate Professor in Immunology and Deputy Director, TB Centre, LSHTM

'What drives TB disease risk?'

Dr Maddy Noursadeghi

Clinical Research Fellow, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

'Human immune response variation in tuberculosis'

Dr Al Leslie

AHRI Faculty

'Measuring the immune response in fresh human lung tissue'

Panel discussion

16:45 - 17:05

Closing remarks

Professor Deenan PillayDirector of the Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) South Africa, and Professor in Virology, UCL Division of Infection & Immunity

Professor Michael Arthur, UCL President and Provost

17:10 - 19:00

Networking drinks reception



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  • This is not an accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event but the learning hours can be logged as part of your CPD record. A certificate of attendance is available to all attendees via UCL Life Learning for the purpose of recording learning hours. Please contact Jessica Grant after the Symposium if you would like a certificate. 
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When & Where

Roberts Foyer and Sir Ambrose Fleming Lecture Theatre
UCL Engineering Building
Malet Place
WC1E 7JE London
United Kingdom

Monday, February 12, 2018 from 9:45 AM to 7:00 PM (GMT)

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UCL - Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI)

The Africa Health Research Institute (AHRI) is a multidisciplinary, independent research institute based across two sites in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, which aims to become a source of fundamental discoveries into the susceptibility, transmission and cure of HIV, TB and related diseases. The institute brings together leading researchers from different fields, uses cutting edge science to improve people’s health, and helps to train the next generation of African scientists to improve diagnosis, prevention and treatment. AHRI works with over 60 academic and clinical institutions in South Africa, and elsewhere in Africa and the world. AHRI’s major academic partners are the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) and University College London.

AHRI was formed on October 1, 2016 out of an amalgamation of the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute for TB-HIV (K-RITH) and Africa Centre for Population Health. 

AHRI is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the Wellcome Trust, via a grant managed by UCL.

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