NTD Research Afternoon: NTD Detection and Diagnostics

6 June 2019
Flett Theatre, Natural History Museum

With the WHO and global community targeting the control and elimination NTDs there has been an increased focus on strengthening the ability of control programmes to rapidly and accurately detect these pathogens. There is demand for high-quality, low-cost diagnostic and detection tools that can be used to monitor levels of infection and transmission especially in light of decreases in prevalence due to disease-control efforts. Appropriate tools also are needed to conduct surveillance for disease re-emergence after presumed elimination.

This LCNTDR Research Afternoon will bring together leading experts to present and discuss some of the latest research on disease detection and diagnosis.

Networking drinks will follow meeting.


  • Dr Bonnie Webster (NHM)
  • Stefano Catalano (RVC) - Mini-FLOTAC as an alternative, non-invasive diagnostic tool for Schistosoma mansoni and other trematode infections in wildlife reservoirs.
  • Dr Kimberly Fornace (LSHTM) - Understanding spatial patterns of NTD transmission using multiplex serological assays: examples from Malaysia and Northern Ghana.
  • Dr Anna Phillips (Imperial) - POC-CCA vs. Kato-Katz in Brazil
  • Marina Papaiakovou (NHM) - QPCR-based diagnostics: how close are we to translating CQ values to intensity of infection?
  • Dr Aalbertus Versteeg (LSHTM) - Detection of Chlamydia trachomatis DNA from viable and non-viable organisms on different surfaces.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/21685009890


Research Monitoring and Evaluation