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!

ISNTD Connect Schedule: upcoming meetings

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, 12:00-13:00 UTC 

Missed something? ISNTD Connect available for catch-up:

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, 11.00-17.00  UTC 

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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, 13:00-14:00 UTC 

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, 14:00-15:00 UTC 

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, 13:00-14:00 UTC 

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, 14:00-15:00 UTC 

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, 13:00-14:00 UTC 

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

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

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

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

Thursday June 18th 2020, 13:00-14:30 UTC

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

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

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

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

Monday June 15th 2020, 10:00-11:30 UTC 

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, 13:00-14:00 UTC

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, 13:00-14:00 UTC

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, 15:00-16:00 UTC

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, 13:00-14:00 UTC

Noma & the face of poverty: tackling a devastating disease 

Dr. Mark Sherlock (Medecins Sans Frontieres)

Thursday May 28th 2020, 13:00-14:00 UTC

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

Stephen Maud (Cloud9Media)

Tuesday May 26th 2020, 13:00-14:00 UTC - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

Investing in the future changemakers: the Nigerian experience

Cassandra Akinde (The Neo Child Initiative)

Thursday May 21st 2020 - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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 

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 

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, 11:00-12:00 UTC - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Handwashing in disease control, panel

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

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

Lizette Burgers (Senior WASH Advisor, UNICEF, "Handwashing & COVID19")

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

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, 13:00-14:00 UTC - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE 

Funding ideas to change the world: the ASCEND Fund


Amy Clark (Sightsavers)

Gemma Brady (Accenture Development Partnerships)

Thursday May 7th 2020, 13:00-14:00 UTC - REPLAY AVAILABLE HERE

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