Important Dates

09 June 2014

On-site registration opens

10 June 2014

Conference opens

Submission Guidelines


You are invited to submit an abstract for consideration by the Scientific Programme Committee for participation at the 4th SA TB Conference Programme. The conference is scheduled to place at the Durban International Convention Centre from 10 - 13 June 2014.

Deadline for abstract submission: 05 February 2014

Ensure that you have the following ready before submitting you’re abstract:

Step 1: Select Track
Step 2: Select Track Sub-Topic
Step 3: Select either Option 1 (Research findings) or Option 2 (Strategies / Projects)

Track 1: Detection and Preventions

This session invites abstracts on the following topics:

  • Improving health seeking behaviour
  • Infection control (hospital, clinic, home and transport)
  • Interrupting transmission
  • Culture based DST
  • Rapid Diagnostics
  • Genotype vs Phenotype
  • Novel mechanisms of drug resistance
  • Impact of rapid diagnostics on treatment outcome
  • Improving laboratory turn-around-time
  • Reducing the time to entry into care
  • Retaining patients in care
  • Improved contact tracing and patient follow-up
  • Preventative therapy
  • Anti-viral therapy
  • Nutrition
  • Vaccines
  • Other

Track 2: TB Treatment

Submissions for this track would include basic science, clinical research and programmatic work and may include (but are not limited to) the following

  • New drug development
  • Compound/small molecule screens
  • Drug target identification and validation
  • Drug efficacy trials
  • New drug regimens for TB
  • Drug resistance
  • Mechanisms of drug resistance
  • Other

Track 3: TB Management

This track will accept abstracts of operational research studies addressing:

  • Poverty and social determinants of TB disease
  • Environmental (including Infection Control) and biological determinants
  • Programmatic aspects of TB prevention, control and management
  • Health systems [ including all pillars of TB health systems - governance, human resources and training, infrastructure, supply chain management for TB drugs, service delivery and quality of care, monitoring and evaluation]
  • TB/HIV Integration
  • Health economics and patient costing
  • Patient and community education, information, advocacy , communication and social mobilisation around TB prevention, care and treatment
  • Other

Abstracts can only be submitted electronically through the TB Conference website. Abstracts submitted to the conference secretariat directly through any other means will not be accepted for review. Please draft your abstract according to the headings listed above in no more than 1200 characters including spaces. You may draft your abstract in text format only using a word processing software i.e MS Word and then copy and paste the text in the abstract submission box. Note that no graphic images, tables, graphs or columns should be submitted with your abstract.

The conference has two options for abstract submission, please choose one before proceeding

Option 1:

Abstracts that report research findings should contain the following concise statements:

Background  : The description of the problem or the hypothesis, the study objectives
Methods      : Study methods used or approaches taken
Results        : Specific results in summarized form
Conclusions  : Statement about the main outcomes.

Option 2:

Abstracts for reporting on strategies / projects should contain the following concise statements:

Back ground :  Short statement summarizing the issue(s) addressed by the abstract
Methods      :  A brief description of the project, experience, program, or research
Results        :  A brief description of the results or lessons learned
Conclusions  :  A brief statement of next steps / recommendation

Deadline for abstract submission: 05 February 2014

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