AFC Meetings

AFC Summer 2016 Meeting call for papers

Summer Meeting 2016

Preliminary notice and call for papers

Thursday 7th and Friday 8th of July 2016 at

Public Health England

Porton Down, Salisbury

Wiltshire SP4 0JG

Local Organiser: Sally Sharpe

Offered papers should be sent on the appropriate form to the meets secretary, Tine Arnvig (k.arnvig@ucl.ac.uk) no later than Friday 22nd April. The submission form can be downloaded from here.  All papers should include the title, affiliation of each author and a short summary (no more than 100 words). Papers cannot be considered after the club’s committee meeting.

Nominations for new members may also be sent to Tine Arnvig. Please provide the name of the nominating and seconding members and the full contact details of the proposed member no later than Friday 22nd April.

Remember that if you nominate a new member you should expect to attend the meeting!

AFC Winter 2016 meeting

AFC Winter 2016

Held at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Friday January 8th 2016

Scientific Programme

Session 1 (Welcome, Host presentations and Offered papers)

The TB Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine – who we are and what we do
Helen Fletcher & Katherine Fielding, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Polyfunctional CD4 T-cells and in vitro mycobacterial growth inhibition detected in Mycobacterium bovis BCG-vaccinated UK infants
Steven Smith, Andrea Zelmer, Rose Blitz, Helen Fletcher & Hazel Dockrell, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Ex vivo mycobacterial growth inhibition assays (MGIA) as a new tool for assessment of TB vaccines
Andrea Zelmer, Satria Prabowo, Rachel Tanner, Elena Stylianou, Helen McShane & Helen Fletcher, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

The C-terminal domain of protein kinase G is required for regulation of glutamate catabolism in Mycobacterium smegmatis
Nabanita Bhattacahatyya, M. Zimmerman & H. M. O’Hare, University of Leicester

Parenteral adenoviral boost enhances BCG-induced protection, but not long-term survival  in a murine model of bovine TB
Phil Hogarth, Daryan A. Kaveh, M. Carmen Garcia-Pelayo, Paul R. Webb, Esen E. Wooff, Véronique S. Bachy; Animal and Plant Health Agency

A spatial model of M. tuberculosis in the lung
Ruth Bowness, Stephen Gillespie & Mark Chaplain, University of St. Andrews

Session 2 (Offered papers)

The Suburban Cure–thoughts on dose and genetic susceptibility to TB
Andrea Cooper & John E. Pearl, University of Leicester

Does using aerosol and systemic routes of immunisation avoid anti-vector immunity and boost TB vaccine responses?
Zita-Rose Manjaly Thomas, Iman Satti, Stephanie Harris, Joel Meyer, Morven Wilkie, Michael Riste, Ali Hamidi, Sharon Sheehan, Alice Minhinnick, Henry Bettinson & Helen McShane, University of Oxford

Investigating host regulatory pathways that limit immunopathology in tuberculosis
Patience T. Brace, LB Tezera, JS Friedland, TM Millar, CG Proud & PT Elkington, University of Southampton

Towards definition of an immunological basis of protection obtained by prime-boost immunisation against bovine tuberculosis
Hannah Metcalfe, Bernardo Villarreal-Ramos, Gareth J. Jones, Sabine Steinbach, W. Ivan Morrison , Tom Connelley & Martin Vordermeier, Animal and Plant Health Agency

Targeting the mycobacterial membrane using novel antimicrobial peptides for tuberculosis therapy
Jasmeet Singh Khara, SM Newton, N Krishnan, I Uhra, M Priestman, PR Langford, PLR Ee & BD Robertson, Imperial College

Circulating serum microRNAs as novel biomarkers for bovine tuberculosis
Carolina N.Correia, Nicolas C. Nalpas, Kirsten E. McLoughlin, David A. Magee, Ronan G. Shaughnessy, John A. Browne, Adam O. Whelan, H. Martin Vordermeier, Eamonn Gormley, Bernardo Villarreal-Ramos, Stephen V. Gordon & David E. MacHugh, University College Dublin

Objectively-measured coughing patterns in pulmonary tuberculosis
Richard Turner, Graham Bothamley & Surinder Birring, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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AFC Winter 2016 meeting call for papers

Winter Meeting 2016

Preliminary notice and call for papers

Friday 8th of January 2016 at

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Keppel St, London WC1E 7HT

 

Local Organisers:

Helen Fletcher and Jackie Cliff

 

Offered papers should be sent on the appropriate form to the meeting secretary, Tine Arnvig (k.arnvig@ucl.ac.uk) no later than Friday 30th October. The form can be downloaded here.  All papers should include the title, affiliation of each author and a short summary (no more than 100 words). Papers cannot be considered after the club’s committee meeting.

Nominations for new members may also be put forward to the Committee. Please provide the name of the nominating and seconding members and the full contact details of the proposed member to Tine Arnvig also no later than Friday 30th October

Remember that if you nominate a new member you should expect to attend the meeting!

 

Please send papers and nominations to:

Tine Arnvig: k.arnvig@ucl.ac.uk

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AFC Summer 2015 meeting registration

The Acid Fast Club Summer Meeting 2015

to be held on Friday 3rd July 2015

at The University of Birmingham,  Birmingham B15 2TT

Local Organiser: Luke Alderwick (l.alderwick [AT] bham.ac.uk)

The Summer Meeting will be held at The University of Birmingham July 3rd 2015; for the final programme and directions, see below.

The timeline is short for registration.  Please pay for your booking by PayPal if you can by going to this site, and email the confirmation with the booking form to Luke Alderwick no later than Friday 5th June. If you do not use PayPal please send a cheque payable to the Acid Fast Club along with your booking form to Luke

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AFC Winter 2015 meeting

AFC Winter 2015

Held at The National Institute for Medical Research, London

January 9th 2014

Scientific Programme

Session 1 (History of AFC and Offered papers)

A brief history of the Acid Fast Club
Ann Rawkins. Public Health England, Porton Down

Toll-like receptor and inflammasome mediated response in HIV-tuberculosis-associated immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome
Rachel PJ Lai, Graeme Meintjes, Katalin A Wilkinson, Christine M Graham, Suzaan Marais, Helen Van der Plas, Armin Deffur, Charlotte Schutz, Chloe Bloom, Indira Munagala, Esperanza Anguiano, Rene Goliath, Gary Maartens, Jacques Banchereau, Damien Chaussabel, Anne O’Garra & Robert J Wilkinson. Division of Mycobacterial Research, MRC National Institute for Medical Research

Role of Rab20 during Mycobacterium tuberculosis phagosome trafficking
Laura Schnettger, Gang Pei & Maximiliano G. Gutierrez
Mycobacterial Research, MRC National Institute for Medical Research

M. tuberculosis dysregulates vitamin D metabolism
Karolina D Witt, Zhican Wang, Kashaf Junaid, Anna K Coussens, David A Jolliffe, Robert J Wilkinson, Kenneth E Thummel & Adrian R Martineau. Queen Mary University of London.

Investigating the role of hepcidin and iron metabolism in a murine model of Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection
Rachel Harrington-Kandt, Elena Stylianou, Hal Drakesmith & Helen McShane. Jenner Institute, University of Oxford

The role of nitric oxide in the production of Rpf-dependent mycobacteria
Sarah Glenn, Obolbek Turapov, Vadim Marakov, Bavesh Kana, Peter Andrew & Galina Mukamolova. Department of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, University of Leicester

Session 2: Offered papers and Douglas Young

Primary human airway epithelial cells are early responders to tuberculosis infection
Ann-Katrin Reuschl, M Edwards, D Connell, N Siddiqui, H Lambie, S Bremang, OM Kon, R Shattock & A Lalvani. Tuberculosis Research Centre, NHLI, Imperial College London

Helminth induced CD4+FoxP3+ T cells are associated with an impaired immune response to Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Frederic Toulza, Lilian Tsang, Michael Brown & Hazel Dockrell; London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

Phenotypic resistance in mycobacteria is associated with the presence of lipid bodies not age of cells
Robert Hammond, Han Xiao, Katarina Orvacova & Stephen Gillespie. School of Medicine, University of St.Andrews

Pathogenic mycobacteria achieve cellular persistence by inhibiting the Niemann-Pick type C disease cellular pathway
Paul Fineran, E. Lloyd-Evans, N. A. Lack, N. Platt, L. C. Davis, A. J. Morgan, R. Tatoturi, D. Kelly, S. Clark, A. Williams, I. Williams, W. Tynan, N. Al Eisa, A. Galione, D. Ory, D. Russell, M. Brenner, E. Sim & F. M. Platt. Department of Pharmacology, University of Oxford

Molecular profiling of the tuberculin skin test reveals diverse effects of HIV-1 infection in active tuberculosis
Lucy CK Bell, Gabriele Pollara, Mellissa Pascoe, Gillian Tomlinson, Rannakoe J. Lehloenya, Richard Meldau, Paul Elkington, Robert Miller, Alan Ramsey, Benjamin Chain, Keertan Dheda & Mahdad Noursadeghi

Mill Hill and the Acid Fast Club
Douglas Young. NIMR/Crick

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AFC Summer 2015 meeting

Friday 3rd July 2015

at the University of Birmingham, Birmingham B15 2TT

(Local Organiser: Luke Alderwick)

Call for abstracts

Offered papers should be sent on this form to the meetings secretary, Tine Arnvig (k.arnvig <AT> ucl.ac.uk) no later than Friday 24th April.  All papers should include the title, affiliation of each author and a short summary (no more than 100 words). Papers cannot be considered after the club’s committee meeting.

Nominations for new members may also be sent to Tine Arnvig. Please provide the name of the nominating and seconding members and the full contact details of the proposed member no later than Friday 24th April.

Remember that if you nominate a new member you should expect to attend the meeting!

AFC Winter 2015 meeting registration

The Acid Fast Club Winter Meeting 2015 & AGM

to be held on Friday 9th January 2015

at The National Institute for Medical Research, Mill Hill, London NW7 1AA

Local Organisers: Teresa Cortes & Douglas Young (tcortes [AT] nimr.mrc.ac.uk and dyoung [AT] nimr.mrc.ac.uk)

Programme for the Winter Meeting and AGM which will be held at NIMR, Mill Hill on January 9th 2015. This will be the last of many memorable Acid Fast Club meetings at Mill Hill and I hope that as many of you as possible will be able to attend. For those who could not attend the anniversary meeting in Berlin, included in the winter programme is a fascinating perambulation through the history of the Club by Ann Rawkins.

The timeline is short for registration. Please register by emailing your forms to Teresa Cortes by midnight December 12th and also pay any registration fees for your guests and payment for the post-talks buffet reception via the PayPal link here (cheques sent to Teresa only if you cannot negotiate PayPal)

AFC Winter 2014 meeting

AFC Winter 2014

Held at Birkbeck College, London

January 10th 2014

Scientific Programme

Session 1

NSAIDs to tackle drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Arundhati Maitra, Dimitrios Evangelopoulos, Parisa Nakhostin Mortazavi, Aleksei Kovalev, Juan David Guzman, Timothy D. McHugh and Sanjib Bhakta. Mycobacteria Research Laboratory, Institute of Structural and Molecular Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck College

Structure and Function of the mycobacterial ACG protein family
Nicholas H. Keep, Francois Xavier-Chauviac, Doris Quay, James Torpey, Martin Bommer, Ambrose Cole. Institute for Structural and Molecular Biology, Crystallography, Dept of Biological Sciences, Birkbeck College

Innate and antigen-specific cytotoxic cells and paradoxical HIV-1-associated tuberculosis immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (TB-IRIS)
Katalin A Wilkinson, Naomi F Walker, Graeme Meintjes, Keira H Skolimowska, Kerryn Matthews, Rebecca Tadokera, Ronnett Seldon, Gary Maartens, Mark P Nicol, Molebogeng X Rangaka, Gurdyal S. Besra, Robert J Wilkinson. Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, and MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London

High dose rifampicin therapy for a shorter treatment period
Yanmin Hu, Mitchison DA, Jindani A, Liu Y, Coates ARM. Medical Microbiology, Centre for Infection and immunity, Division of Clinical Sciences, St George’s, University of London

Getting to know Mycobacterium tuberculosis through metabolomics
Gérald Larrouy-Maumus, and Luiz Pedro Sório de Carvalho. Division of Mycobacterial Research, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, London

Session 2

Counting mycobacteria: how many beans make five?
Han Xiao, Katarina Oravcova, Wilber Sabiiti, Eoghan Farmer, Stephen Gillespie. School of Medicine, University of St.Andrews

The pathological role of neutrophil necrosis in tuberculosis
David M Lowe, Nonzwakazi Bangani, Katalin A Wilkinson, Robert J Wilkinson, Adrian R Martineau. Department of Medicine, Imperial College London, and Clinical Infectious Diseases Research Initiative, Institute for Infectious Diseases and Molecular Medicine, University of Cape Town, Observatory 7925, Cape Town, South Africa

Role of lymph node-derived lymphatic endothelial cells in mycobacterial Infection
Maximiliano G. Gutierrez. National Institute of Medical Research, Mill Hill, London

Recovery of TB genomes from metagenomes
Jacqueline Chan, Martin Sergeant, Andrew Millard, Elizabeth Wellington, Helen Donoghue and Mark Pallen. Warwick Medical School, University of Warwick

Bioelectrospray-based cell encapsulation for in vitro modelling of Mycobacterium tuberculosis induced granuloma formation
Liku B Tezera, Magda K Bielecka, Victoria Workman, Patience T Brace, Brian D Robertson, Suwan N Jayasinghe, Paul T Elkington. Clinical and Experimental Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton

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AFC Summer 2013 meeting

AFC Summer 2013

Held at University College, Dublin

July 4th-5th 2013

Scientific Programme

Session 1: University College Dublin Symposium and guest speakers

Guest speaker
Prof Patrick Brennan, Colorado State University

Host preference across the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
Stephen Gordon, University College Dublin

Wildlife intervention strategies for control of bovine tuberculosis
Eamonn Gormley, School of Veterinary Medicine, UCD, Dublin

Session 2: Trinity College Dublin Symposium and guest speakers

Invited talk: TB vaccine efficacy trials:what can we learn and what’s next?
Helen McShane, University of Oxford

TBC
Joe Keane, Trinity College Dublin

Phylogenetic lineages of tuberculosis isolates associate with specific patient demographics in New Zealand
Ronan F O’Toole, Trinity College Dublin

The ancient evolution of tuberculosis as a zoonosis
David E Minnikin, University of Birmingham, Birmingham

Session 3: Offered papers

TBC
David McHugh, University College Dublin

Genetic Analyses of a Conserved Virulence Regulon in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
Claire Healey, University College Dublin

The Synthesis and Biological Evaluation of Mycobacterial p-Hydroxybenzoic Acid Derivatives (p-HBADs)
Eoin Sacnlan, Trinity College Dublin

My-D88 adapter like (Mal) is required for effective macrophage responses To Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Cliona Ni Cheallaigh, Trinity College Dublin

Insights into the global metabolic changes in mycobacteria during nitrogen stress
Kerstin Williams, Imperial College London

Session 4: Offered papers

Biofilms and antibiotic tolerance: transcriptomic profiles of Mycobacterium smegmatis biofilms
S.A. Lethbridge, Public Health England, Porton Down, Salisbury

Genome-wide mapping of transcription start sites defines an extensive leaderless transcriptome in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Teresa Cortes,National Institute for Medical Research, MRC, London

A transposon-mutagenesis library to study mechanisms of drug resistance in Mycobacterium tuberculosis
Joana Fonseca, University College London

Mannan core branching of lipo(arabino)mannan is required for initiation of mycobacterial granuloma formation in vivo
Arun K. Mishra, MRC National Institute of Medical Research, London

Mycobacterium leprae – A genome lost in time
Thomas A. Mendum, University of Surrey