ASTMH 2015

American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH), 64th Annual Meeting
[October 25 – 29, 2015]

Philadelphia, United States


ASTMH, founded in 1903, is a worldwide organization of scientists, clinicians and program professionals whose mission is to promote global health through the prevention and control of infectious and other diseases that disproportionately afflict the global poor. Research, health care and education are the central activities of ASTMH members, whose work bridges basic laboratory research to international fieldwork and clinics to country-wide programs.

The Annual Meeting is a dynamic forum for the exchange of the latest scientific and clinical advances in tropical medicine and global health.

DNDi Medical Director, Nathalie Strub Wourgaft, spoke in a session on clinical experience in treating neglected infectious tropical diseases.

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Symposium #172

CURE: FDA-NIH effort to capture the global clinical experience of treating neglected infectious diseases (including neglected tropical diseases and emerging threats) in new ways


The Landscape of drug development for neglected tropical diseases
Nathalie Strub Wourgaft, Medical Director, DNDi
Launch of a system to capture clinical drug repurposing for neglected infectious diseases
Heather Stone, Office of Medical Policy, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, MD, United States
Accessing and collecting global data directly from clinicians in the field using mobile technologies
Bob Bollinger, Center for Clinical Global Health Education, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, United States
A User’s Perspective: A clinician’s experience with drug repurposing for neglected infectious diseases
Philip Alexander, Lady Willingdon Hospital, Manali, India
Panel Discussion
Noel Southall, Panel Participant, National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, National Institutes of Health, Rockville, MD, United States


Poster Session Presentations

Poster Session A Presentations

Building an enabling environment for scaling up access in Chagas – Bridging the gap between patients and treatment through a partnership model.
Carolina Batista, Andrea Marchiol.

Poster Session B Presentations

Innovation in neglected diseases – Lessons learned from the partnership for development of antimalarial combination therapy in Brazil.
Vera Lucia Luiza, Tayná Marques Torres Barboza, Gabriela Costa Chaves, Luciana de Paula Barros Gonçalves, Carolina Batista, Eric Stobbaerts.
Screening cascade for discovery programs aiming at the identification of new macrofilaricide agents for treatment of Onchocerciasis.
Simon Townson, Sabine Specht, Suzanne Gokool, James Metz, Schmitt R. J., Dale Kempf, Coralie Martin, Achim Hoerauf, Thomas von Geldern, Ivan Scandale.



Panel Discussion

Filarial Diseases Side Event
Discussion and Reception:
Putting Patients First: The Need for New Tools for Filarial Diseases

ASTMH 2015 Filarial diseases side event
The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania hosted a panel discussion and reception on the need for
R&D to develop new diagnostics, treatments, and vaccines for the millions of patients affected by onchocerciasis (river blindness)
and lymphatic filariasis (elephantiasis).


Speakers Included:
  • Samuel Wanji, University of Buea
  • Alexander Debrah, Kumasi Centre
  • Claudia Pena Rossi, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)
  • Tala de los Santos, PATH
  • Sara Lustigman, New York Blood Center
  • V. Kumaraswami, Indian Council of Medical Research
  • Luc E. Coffeng, Erasmus MC
  • Didier Bakajika, Sightsavers
  • Achim Hoerauf, University of Bonn
  • Robert Don, Drugs for Neglected Diseases initiative (DNDi)


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