International Symposium on TB-DM comorbidity: challenges and opportunities

July 20, 2017

The first the “International Symposium on TB-DM comorbidity: challenges and opportunities” was held in Lima on 19th May in the Peruvian College of Physicians auditorium, and was organized by the Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt & CRONICAS from Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, with the support from World Diabetes Foundation.

The event had almost 300 participants (and almost 100 on-line), mostly physicians and nurses who work with TB patients, and also researchers and undergraduate and postgraduate students interested in this topic.  Unfortunately, due to the size of the venue, it was not possible to allow the participation of another 500+ health professionals who had also registered for the symposium.

The symposium programme was mostly supported by researchers from the TANDEM Consortium, who introduced the TB-DM topic to the audience and shared some of the results from this 4-year project. Other speakers were from the Pan American Health Organization and local researchers working in Diabetes.

The audience had the opportunity to listen to state-of-the-art presentations on Epidemiology, Basic Science, Clinical Issues, Health Systems and DM in the tropics.  The speakers came from UK, Netherlands, New Zealand, Indonesia, South Africa, Colombia and Peru, and are well-known experts in the topics.

The closing remarks were made by the UK Embassador in Peru and the Head of the National TB Programme in Peru, who pointed out the importance of continuing the research of comorbidity TB-DM, which is affecting a larger population in our countries every year.