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ISNTD Connect

A series of online short meetings to learn, share and stay connected 

In this challenging time where countless work places, universities, schools and public places have temporarily closed their doors and everything’s a bit unknown, we hope that continuing professional conversations online can provide a practical way to further knowledge-sharing, close some of the gaps left where ongoing research has been paused, and provide mutual support. ISNTD Connect is a forum and series of short meetings online, where researchers and professionals in the fields of tropical diseases and public health are able to present and discuss ongoing research and topics. These online meetings are open to all and free, and are scheduled to last about 30-60 minutes. Please sign up to attend or speak! We are now calling for submissions of proposals for a short talk or panel discussion, focusing on all the major aspects of infectious and neglected tropical diseases, including basic science, diagnostics, therapeutics, drug discovery, WASH, vector control, science communication & public engagement, public health.

Keep safe and let's keep the science community connected!

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Nodding syndrome and onchocerciasis-associated epilepsy can be stopped

Pr. Robert Colebunders (Global Health Institute, University of Antwerp) 

Thursday 4th February 2021, REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Missed something? ISNTD Connect 2020 sessions available for catch-up:

New insights into schistosomiasis control and research in Malawi

On behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance:

  • Dr Lazarus Juziwelo (National Programme Manager for Schistosomiasis and Soil-Transmitted Helminths, Ministry of Health Malawi)

  • Dr Sekeleghe Kayuni (Department of Tropical Disease Biology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

  • Dr Janelisa Musaya (Associate Professor, University of Malawi)

  • Prof Russell Stothard (Professor of Medical Parasitology, Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Thursday 4th March 2021, 14:00-15:00 UTC


As part of the World NTD Day 2021 celebrations:

Access to schistosomiasis innovation: the next frontier to reach elimination by 2030

- Dr. Beatrice Greco (Head of R&D and Access, Global Health Institute, Merck): "Merck Schistosomiasis Elimination platform: Integrated approach to support Elimination" - REPLAY

- Dr. Sarah Nogaro (Senior Scientific Officer, NTDs, FIND): "A schistosomiasis rapid diagnostic test to support control programs in monitoring treatment impact and reassessment mapping" - REPLAY

- Dr. Lieven Stuyver (Senior Scientific Director, Global Public Health R&D, Johnson & Johnson): "Partnering to Leverage Artificial Intelligence-Driven Digital Pathology to Strengthen Soil-Transmitted Helminthiasis and Schistosomiasis Control Programs" - REPLAY

- Dr. Beatrice Greco (Head of R&D and Access, Global Health Institute, Merck): "Access to upcoming schistosomiasis innovations: a path to be created" - REPLAY


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Vaccine misinformation: guidance for addressing a global infodemic and fostering demand for immunization

Angus Thomson (UNICEF, Senior Social Scientist: Demand for Immunization)

Tuesday 19th January 2021 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


Health Technologies for Neglected Tropical Diseases: Accelerating Research & Development for Impact

Dr. Hayato Urabe (GHIT Fund, Senior Director, Investment Strategy, Portfolio Development & Innovations)

Isaac Chikwanha (GHIT Fund, Senior Director, Investment Strategy, Access & Delivery)

Thursday 17th December 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Hand Hygiene for All

  • Janita Bartell (WASH Specialist, UNICEF)

  • Dr. Nebe Obiageli (Coordinator of the National Deworming Programme, Federal Ministry of Health, Nigeria)

  • Yael Velleman (Director of Policy and Communications, SCI Foundation)

Thursday 10th December 2020 - 15:00-16:30 UTC

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Ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic: the impact of tackling Female Genital Schistosomiasis

On behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance:

Pr. Margaret Gyapong (Director of the Institute of Health Research, University of Health and Allied Sciences, Ghana)

Dr. Amaya Bustinduy (Associate Professor in Tropical Pediatrics, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Tuesday 1st December 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Disease management, disability and inclusion: why disability inclusion is critical to achieving NTD road map targets

Dr. Wim van Brakel (Chair NNN Disease Management, Disability and Inclusion Working Group and Medical Director, NLR)

Dr. Martin Kollmann (Senior Advisor for Neglected Tropical Diseases, CBM International)

Dr. Nand Lal Bastola (Deputy Director, NLR Nepal)

Pr. Hannah Kuper (Director of the International Centre for Evidence in Disability, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UK)

Mrs. Mangala Dhondge (Deputy Programme Manager, The Leprosy Mission Trust India)

Thursday 3rd December 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Introduction of Mycobacterium ulcerans disease in the Bankim Health District of Cameroon follows damming of the Mapé River

Dr. Koen Vandelannoote (Doherty Institute for Infection and Immunity, University of Melbourne)

Tuesday 17th November 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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The post-Genomic era of Neglected Tropical Diseases

Dr. Gabriel Rinaldi (Parasite Genomics, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK)


Thursday 12th November 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Celebrating the UNESCO World Science Day and on behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance:

New pediatric treatment to fill gaps towards the elimination of schistosomiasis: a scientific journey for and with society

  • Dr. Maurice Odiere (Head, Neglected Tropical Diseases Unit, Kenya Medical Research Institute, KEMRI)

  • Dr. Jutta Reinhard-Rupp (Head, Global Health Institute, Merck)

  • Dr. Remco de Vrueh (Senior Program Manager & Portfolio Lead Global Health, Lygature)

Tuesday 10th November 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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‘Tiny targets’ and the community-based control of tsetse in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Catiane Vander Kelen (Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium)


Thursday October 22nd 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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World Sight Day 2020: Progress and lessons learned from trachoma

Angelia Sanders (International Coalition for Trachoma Control, ICTC, Vice Chair)

Aparna Barua Adams (International Coalition for Trachoma Control, ICTC, Project Manager)

Thursday 8th October 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Snails and schistosomiasis: integrated control in Côte d'Ivoire


On behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance:

Dr. Fiona Allan (Postdoctoral Researcher, Wellcome SCAN, Natural History Museum London) and Dr. Yves-Nathan Tian-Bi (Associate-Professor at University Félix Houphouët-Boigny, Côte d'Ivoire) 

Tuesday October 6th 2020 


Celebrating World Rabies Day

Final Rabies Generation

Frédéric Lohr (Director of Strategic Partnerships, Mission Rabies)

Rabies zero by 2030: will it become a dream come true?

Dr. Waqas Ahmad (Assistant Professor, Epidemiology & Public Health, KBCMA University College of Veterinary & Animal Sciences, Narowal, Pakistan)

Monday September 28th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Dengue Side Event to mark the 75th UN General Assembly

Vector control & WASH in the age of COVID19

Vaccine hesitancy, dengue & the case for rebuilding trust

Driving innovation within vector control 

Climate change: impact to dengue

Thursday September 24th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Control and elimination of schistosomiasis in Cameroon: introducing the Roadmap towards 2030 

Pr. Louis-Albert Tchuem Tchuenté (Professor of Parasitology at the University of Yaoundé I
and NTD Advocate, on behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance)

Thursday September 3rd 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Rethinking WASH for the control and elimination of schistosomiasis

Yael Velleman (Director of Policy and Communications, SCI Foundation, on behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance)

Gilbert Baayenda (Trachoma Program Officer & NTD/WASH Collaboration focal point at the Vector Borne and Neglected Tropical Diseases Division, Ministry of Health, Uganda)

Thursday August 6th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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The role of youths in ending the neglect 

Maximillian Godwin (Southern African Development Community Youth Forum Health Committee & Youth Combating NTDs)

Thursday July 23rd 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Climate change

Climate change - helping or hindering NTD elimination?

Dr. Mark Booth (Faculty of Medical Sciences, Newcastle University, on behalf of the Global Schistosomiasis Alliance)

Thursday July 2nd 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Fueling the NTD Roadmap: How Unprecedented Capital, Attention, and Timelines are Transforming Biopharma R&D

Jami Taylor (Corporate Communications and Strategy, Reata Pharmaceuticals)

Tuesday June 23rd 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 


Café Connect

Bring a drink and share & learn with colleagues from around the world!

Thursday June 25th 2020, 15:15-16:15 UTC 


Capturing case reports to optimize treatments and advance research in the NTD and COVID space and beyond - FULL SESSION REPLAY HERE

- Dr. Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft (DNDi): "Drug repurposing for NTDs and COVID19" - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

- Heather Stone (US Food & Drug Administration): "An introduction to CURE ID, utility and applicability in the NTD and COVID space" - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

- Tiziana Masini (WHO NTD): "CURE ID for NTDs: Results of an extensive landscape analysis to identify priority disease areas" - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Thursday June 18th 2020

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From regional action to global cooperation in dengue: celebrating dengue partnerships worldwide on ASEAN Dengue Day  

- Amos Watentena (University of Nigeria): Reemergence of dengue - REPLAY

- Dr. Rachel Lowe (London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine): Climate change and dengue - REPLAY

- Pr. Scott O'Neill (Monash University): Tackling dengue with wolbachia - REPLAY


Monday June 15th 2020

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Cystic echinococcosis in the Eastern Mediterranean region: neglected and prevailing

Pr. Majid Fasihi Harandi (Research Center for Hydatid Disease in Iran, School of Medicine, Kerman University of Medical Sciences)

Thursday June 11th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Drug discovery and future development of medicines against visceral leishmaniasis: lessons learned from the Synergy European projects platform & new actions

Pr. Maria Paola Costi (Drug Discovery & Biotechnology Lab, University of Modena & Reggio Emilia UNIMORE)

Tuesday June 9th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Where can a 50-year career in schistosomiasis take you geographically and scientifically?

Dr. Dan Colley (Professor Emeritus of Microbiology at UGA) & Dr. Goylette Chami (Nuffield Department of Population Health at the University of Oxford)

Thursday June 4th 2020, REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


When can one vaccinate with a live vaccine after wild-type dengue infection?

Dr. Bruno Guy (Independent Consultant & Training in Biology (Immunology/Microbiology) and Vaccinology)

Tuesday June 2nd 2020

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Noma & the face of poverty: tackling a devastating disease

Dr. Mark Sherlock (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

Thursday May 28th 2020, REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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From stats to stories: how to film and convey complex issues in global health 

Stephen Maud (Cloud9Media)

Tuesday May 26th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Investing in the future changemakers: the Nigerian experience

Cassandra Akinde (The Neo Child Initiative)

Thursday May 21st 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Anti-leishmania drugs and skin microbiota in cutaneous leishmaniasis patients

Dr. Alvaro Acosta-Serrano (Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine)

Tuesday May 19th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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The current state of snakebite care in Kenya, Uganda and Zambia: healthcare workers’ perspectives and knowledge, and health facilities’ treatment capacity

Gaby Ooms (Research Manager, Health Action International)

Benjamin Waldmann (Snakebite Project Manager, Health Action International)

Thursday May 14th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

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Lessons from dengue control in Pakistan

Dr. Somia Iqtadar (King Edward Medical University & chairperson of the Dengue Expert Advisory Group, Pakistan)

Tuesday May 12th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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COVID-19 and dengue fever: managing COVID-19 in Singapore and the threat of false-positive dengue serology cases

Dr. Gabriel Yan (Infectious Diseases Associate Consultant at the National University Health System, Singapore)

Thursday March 26th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE


Global open-source cooperation in vectors & vector-borne diseases

Dr. Frederik Seelig (The Global Vector Hub & London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine)

Tuesday March 31st 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Molecular surveillance of Neglected Tropical Diseases in the time of corona

Pr. Jean-Claude Dujardin (Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp)

Thursday April 2nd 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Neglected diseases of neglected populations: the importance of fungal infections for public health

Dr. Marcio Lourenço Rodrigues (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Fiocruz)

Thursday April 9th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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A WHO NTD Roadmap towards 2030: through a pandemic and beyond

Dr. Mwele Malecela (World Health Organisation, Department of NTD Control)

Tuesday April 14th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Accelerating clinical research relevant to LMICs: lessons from Neglected Tropical Diseases for COVID19 - FULL PANEL REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Pr. Philippe Guérin (Director of the Infectious Diseases Data Observatory, IDDO) - REPLAY HERE

Dr. Suman Rijal (Director of DNDi Regional Office India) - REPLAY HERE

Dr. Nathalie Strub-Wourgaft (Director of Neglected Tropical Diseases, DNDi) - REPLAY HERE

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An inter-laboratory trial as a tool to increase rabies diagnostic capabilities of Sub-Saharan African Veterinary laboratories

Dr. Morgane Gourlaouen (FAO and National Reference Centre for Rabies, OIE Collaborating Centre for Diseases at the Animal-Human Interface, Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie)

Tuesday April 21st 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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World Malaria Day & MMV: developing antimalarials to save lives

Dr. James Duffy (Medicines for Malaria Venture, Director of Drug Discovery Research & Development)

Friday April 24th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Handwashing in disease control, panel - FULL REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Pr. Miryam Wahrman (Professor of Biology, William Paterson University, and author "The Hand Book: Surviving in a Germ Filled World) - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Dr. Maryann Delea (Epidemiologist, The Carter Centre, "Development and reliability of a quantitative personal hygiene assessment tool") - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Lizette Burgers (Senior WASH Advisor, UNICEF, "Handwashing & COVID19") - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Tuesday April 28th 2020


Schistosomiasis treatment gaps hinder elimination efforts: a current perspective

Derick Nii Mensah Osakunor (University of Edinburgh, on behalf of Global Schistosomiasis Alliance)

Thursday April 30th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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Integrated approach in the control and management of skin neglected tropical diseases: experience from Côte d’Ivoire and Benin


Dr. Yves Barogui (Centre Inter Facultaire de Formation et de Recherche en Environnement pour le Développement Durable, Université d’Abomey Calavi, Bénin)

Dr. Aboa Paul Koffi (Programme National de Lutte contre l’Ulcère de Buruli, Abidjan, and Ministry of Health, Côte d’Ivoire)

Tuesday May 5th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 


Funding ideas to change the world: the ASCEND Fund


Amy Clark (Sightsavers)

Gemma Brady (Accenture Development Partnerships)

Thursday May 7th 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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