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Aurum at Union Conference 2023

Aurum at Union Conference 2023

We are excited to announce our participation in this year's Union World Conference on Lung Health, which will take place in person from November 15th to 18th at the Palais des Congrès in Paris.

The Conference theme this year, 'Translating Evidence into Practice,' directly relates to our organisation's mission: generating evidence for policy and translates policy into practice to positively impact the health of communities globally.

Across our divisions in Clinical and Implementation Research and Health Systems, our technical experts will showcase their findings in universal testing for TB, digital support for TB adherence, digital adherence technologies, and studies related to COVID-19 and HIV TB.

Join us at our Aurum booth, where we look forward to engaging in conversations about future collaborations in working towards our vision of creating a healthier world for future generations. 

We invite you to stay updated on our advancements in health science and innovation in TB, HIV, and COVID-19 by following us on social media before, during, and after the conference, or visit our website.


Thursday, 16 November 2023
Session: MTE-05 TB control in prison populations: Case-finding and TB preventive therapy
Time: 07:15 - 08:15    Venue: 202/203
Topic: TB control in prison populations: Case-finding and TB preventive therapy 
Speaker: Prof Salome Charalambous, Aurum Group Chief Science Officer.
Session:P12 Mtb antigen-based skin tests (TBSTs) – new class of tests for the detection of TB infection
Track: A3: TB diagnostics, including drug-resistance determination – Technical aspects and new developments
Time: 08:30 - 10:00   Venue: 251
Topic: TBST experience in South Africa: Scenarios and expected challenges in implementation 
Speaker: Prof Violet Chihota, Aurum Acting Group Science Co-ordinator

Friday,17 November 2023
Session: SP33 The impact of digital adherence technologies on TB care: Results from ASCENT and other studies.
Track: C2: Care and treatment of TB (drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB)
Time: 15:00 - 16:30  Venue: Amphitheatre Bleu
Co-Chair: Prof Salome Charalambous, Aurum Group Chief Science Officer.
Session: SP34 Exploring sustainable models for TB vaccine development and delivery in BRICS countries.
Track: A2: Drug and vaccine development, including for COVID-19
Time: 16:00 - 17:30  Venue: 241
Co-Chair: Prof Gavin Churchyard, Aurum Group Chief Executive Officer.



Wednesday, 15 November 2023
Session: OA11 Measuring treatment adherence
Time: 16:45 - 18:15   Venue: 221M+222M
Topic: The acceptability of two Digital Adherence Technologies and Differentiated Model of Care among TB patients in South Africa. 
Presenter: Tanyaradzwa Dube, Aurum Junior Research Manager

Session: OA10 TB Infection and Improvement of TPT Uptake
Track: C1: Implementation of TPT 
Time: 17:35 - 17:44   Venue: 212/213
Topic: Latent TB infection study in South African hospitals using interferon-gamma release assays 
Presenter: Dr Matsie Mphahlele, Aurum Senior Technical Advisor 

Thursday, 16 November 2023

Session: OA25 Breaking down silos: Bidirectional TB and COVID screening.
Track: D9: COVID-19 epidemiology 
Time: 15:00 - 16:30   Venue: 253
Topic: Implementation of integrated mobile case finding for TB, HIV and COVID-19 in rural mining communities in Ghana 
Presenter: Nana Kofi Quakyi Aurum Ghana Programme Manager.
Session: OA30 Models of Active Case Finding and Contact Investigation 

Track: B5: Active case finding and contact investigation for TB 
Time: 16:45 - 18:15   Venue: 251
Topic: Universal testing for TB investigation among household TB contacts in three sub-Saharan African countries 
Presenter: Prof Charalambous, Aurum Group Chief Science Officer 

Friday, 17 November 2023

Session: OA36 Spatial and Molecular epidemiology of TB 
Track: D1: TB epidemiology across the life course 
Time: 08:30 - 10:00   Venue: 242 B
Topic: Mortality amongst people with drug sensitive TB in South Africa 
Presenter: Dr Noriah Maraba, Aurum Scientist
Session: LB03 The RIT/JATA student late-breaker session on lung health 
Time: 09:05 - 09:15   Venue: 251
Topic: Cost-effectiveness analysis of implementing medication monitors and differentiated care approach in South Africa 
Presenter: Rachel Mukora, Aurum Scientist
Session: OA48 Infection Control 
D5: Infection prevention and control of TB (and other airborne diseases affecting lung health e.g. SARS CoV-2) 
15:00 - 16:30   Venue: 212/213
Dr Matsie Mphahlele, Aurum Senior Technical Advisor

Saturday, 18 November 2023

Session: OA60 Information Systems for TB 
Track: H2: Information systems for TB, programme monitoring and TB surveillance 
Time: 08:30 - 10:00   Venue: 212/213
Topic: Digital support to bi-directional TB and COVID-19 testing in communities: improving linkage to care and follow-up in Mozambique 
Presenter: Dr Elzier Mangunyane, Fundação Aurum Programme Manager
Session: OA63 Perspective in person-centred care 
Track: C6: Person-centred care 
10:15 - 11:45    Venue: 242 A
Prof Violet Chihota, Aurum  Acting Group Science Co-ordinator


 Wednesday, 15 November 2023

Session: SOA03 Multimorbidity Comorbidities 
Track: B7: TB and comorbidities (HIV, diabetes, malnutrition, mental health, etc.)
Time: 11:16 - 11:24    Venue: 212/213
Topic: HIV infection in people screened for COVID-19 and TB at a rural community post in Chókwè District, Southern Mozambique
Presenter: Dr Elzier Mangunyane, Fundação Aurum Programme Manager 

Session: SOA06 Meaningful Collaborations to End TB 
Track: E1: Civil society, advocacy and community engagement
Time: 15:00 - 16:30   Venue: 253
Topic: Using a people-centred participatory process to explore community and stakeholders' perceptions to enable research teams to design plans that meet community needs 
Presenter: Blossom Makhubalo, Aurum Community Engagement Manager.
Session: SOA09 COVID-19: Is it really over? 
Track: D9: COVID-19 epidemiology 
Time: 16:45 - 18:15    Venue: 202/203
SOA09-871-15 Context analysis and intervention design to improve health and well-being of people after COVID-19 in South Africa 
Presenter: Dr Nicole Glover, Aurum Medical Doctor
Session: SOA08 TPT - how far are we? 
Track: C1: Implementation of TPT 
17:14 - 17:22    Venue: 242 B
Barriers and facilitators to TB preventive treatment (TPT) initiation and completion among people living with HIV in three sub-Saharan African countries. 
Dr Lindiwe Tsope, Aurum Project Coordinator



Tuesday, 14 November 2023

Session: WS-02 Eliminating transmission of TB and other airborne pathogens.  
Track: D5: Infection prevention and control of TB (and other airborne diseases affecting lung health e.g. SARS CoV-2)
Time: 08:00 - 11:00   Venue: 251
Topic: Latent Tuberculosis Infection Study in South African Hospitals using interferon gamma release assay 
Presenter: Dr Matsie Mphahlele Senior Technical Advisor 

Workshop: WS-06 A Holistic Approach to Planning for a Digital Adherence Technology Intervention 
Track: C2: Care and treatment of TB (drug-sensitive and drug-resistant TB) 
Time: 08:00 - 11:00   Venue: 243
Topic: Implementation Planning
Presenter: Nontobeko Ndlovu, Aurum Head of Department Research Projects 



Tuesday, 15 November 2023

Session: L’Initative Francaise Panel Discussion
Topic: TB and vulnerable populations
Time: 13:15-14:00    Venue: L’Initative Francaise Booth (Stand France)
Prof Emilio Jose Valverde, Fundação Aurum Country Director 

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