Innovation in Tuberculosis Management - Research Symposium

Organized and supported by INNOVA4TB and High Five internationalization projects

The symposium is dedicated to Ilia Ilf, a famous Odessa writer who died of TB at the age of 39

Date: June 18 2019; Place: Odessa, Ukraine


ONU, French Boulevard, 24/26, Campus Area

Floor 2, Room N 202

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Session 1: chair Nataliia Limanska

5 minutes questions to every talk


9:30 – 9:50 Jose Dominguez, Associate Professor, project leader, INNOVA4TB Fundació Institut de Recerca en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain

Innovation in tuberculosis managements – the toolbox to decrease TB burden - 20 min

9:55- 10:05 Annesi Giacaman Fonseca, PhD, senior researcher, Centro Jeffrey Modell para Diagnóstico e Investigación en Inmunodeficiencias Primarias, Universidad de La Frontera, Chile

Pediatric immunity and susceptibility to TB – 10 min

10:10 – 10:20 Valeriu Crudu, MD PhD, Head, National TB Reference Laboratory, Chisinau, Moldova

Anagement of drug resistant TB in Moldova -10 min

10:25 – 10: 35 Olena Rzhepishevska, PhD, senior researcher & Madeleine Ramstedt, Associate Professor, Umea University, Sweden

Gallium as a potential antibiotic against M. tuberculosis – 10 min

10:40 – 11:00 Coffee break: 30 min

11:00 – 11:20 Anders Sjöstedt, Prof, Head, Clinical Microbiology Department, Umea University, Sweden

Targeting virulence in intracellular pathogens; lessons learned from Francisella tularensis applied to M. tuberculosis – 20 min

11:25 – 11:35 Elena Chesov, PhD student, State University of Medicine and Farmacy “Nicolae Testemiţanu, Moldova

Metabolomics and Photovoice two faces of one experience – 10 min

11:40 -11: 50 Beatriz Muriel Moreno, laboratory engineer, Fundació Institut de Recerca en Ciències de la Salut Germans Trias i Pujol, Badalona, Spain

Immunochromatography test for Mtb antigen detection - 10 min

11:55 – 12:15 Ekaterina Osetinskaya and Vitaliy Osetinskii, TB people representatives, Ukraine 

Connection to Civil society –thesis from the TB Europe Coalition meeting

Palliative TB care in Ukraine - 20 min

12: 20 -13:20 Lunch 1 hour

13:20 –13:50 Press conference 30 minutes

Session 2: Chair Oksana Zinchenko

5 minutes questions to every talk


13:50 – 14:30 Matthias Merker, Assistant Professor, Research Center Borstel, Germany

Keynote lecture: Multidrug resistant M. tuberculosis outbreaks in Eastern Europe and diagnostic challenges 40 min


14:35 – 14:45 Olha Konstantynovska, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor, Karazin National University & Oleksii Solodiankin, PhD, Head, Department of recombinant technologies, NSC IECVM, Kharkiv, Ukraine

Characterization of novel M. tuberculosis gene mutations in clinical isolates from the Eastern Ukraine– 10 min

14:50 – 15:00 Anna Kauppi, PhD, clinical researcher, Umea University Hospital, Umea, Sweden

TB and HIV management in Sweden – the experience of TB center Arctic, Umea –10 min

15:05 – 15:45 Coffee break 30 min

15:45 – 15:55 Elena Nikolaevskaya, PhD, Bacteriologist, Center for Socially Important Diseases, Odessa, Ukraine; Molecular diagnostic of TB at Odessa Social Disease Center -10 min

16:00 – 16:20 Svitlana Yesypenko, MD, Director, Center for Socially Important Diseases, Odessa, Ukraine

Out and inpatient care of TB at Odessa Social Disease Center –20 min

16:25 – 16:35 Andrii Dudnyk, PhD, Associate Professor, National Pirogov Memorial Medical University, Vinnytsia, Ukraine; Implementation of new WHO guidance of MDR-TB management in Ukraine: bottlenecks and broomsticks -10 min


16:40 -17:10 Panel discussion: implementation of molecular techniques (WGS, Hain etc) in the clinical practice in Eastern Europe - 30 min

Participants: Matthias Merker, Valeriu Crudu, Vlad Nikolayevskyy, Jose Dominguez

18:30 Dinner


Information about Ilya Ilf -wiki

Ilya Ilf, pseudonym of Iehiel-Leyb Arnoldovich Faynzilberg (Russian: Илья Арнольдович Файнзильберг[1]), (October 15 [O.S. October 3] 1897 in Odessa – April 13, 1937, Moscow), was a popular Soviet journalist and writer of Jewish origin who usually worked in collaboration with Yevgeni Petrov during the 1920s and 1930s. Their duo was known simply as Ilf and Petrov. Together they published two popular comedy novels The Twelve Chairs (1928) and The Little Golden Calf (1931), as well as a satirical book One-storied America (often translated as Little Golden America) that documented their journey through the United States between 1935 and 1936.

His father was a Jewish bank clerk. He graduated from a technical school in 1913 and held various positions, including time at the telephone company and a military plant. After the Revolution, he began working as a journalist, editing several humor magazines, and joined the Odessa Union of Poets.

In 1923, he relocated to Moscow and took employment at the newspaper Gudok [ru] (roughly "Beep", also a type of stringed instrument), a publication for railway workers. His contributions consisted mostly of satirical pieces. It was there that he met his writing partner, Petrov. 

Ilf had been diagnosed with tuberculosis in the 1920s. He thought it was in remission, but he was diagnosed with it again during his trip to America, and he died not long after returning to Moscow.


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