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Pilot TB audit: Where are we?

HIV-TB coinfection is a challenge for efficient treatment of both diseases. Treatment success can be hampered by drug resistance, low treatment adherence or modes of care delivery, since TB clinics and HIV services are not always provided at one place. Finally, implementation of diagnostic and treatment standards is heavily diverse across European countries. The aim of the Pilot TB audit is to collect a baseline of data on current clinical activity and about the real life implementation of EACS HIV-TB treatment guidelines. We aim to report audit findings and provide confidential feedback to individual clinical centres to enable them to compare their own performance with the aggregate data.

Speaker biography:

Prof. Georg MN Behrens is an internist, HIV-specialist and Professor for T Cell Immunology in the Department for Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology at Hannover Medical School, Hannover, Germany. He graduated in Medicine at Hannover Medical School in 1995. He did his clinical training in Internal Medicine in Hannover. From 2001-2003, he went as a postdoc to the Immunology Division at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research, Melbourne, Australia and returned to Hannover to become a professor for immunology and to build up a research group.

Georg Behrens is an internationally acknowledged expert on HIV-therapy and co-morbidities. His lab works on antigen presentation by dendritic cells, autoimmunity and autophagy in transgenic mouse models and human cells. He has published numerous papers in journals such as Lancet, J Exp Med, J Clin Invest, Nat Immunol, AIDS, J Immunol and others. He is principal investigator of national and international studies in HIV medicine and Member of the Steering Committee of the European NEAT-ID Network and member of the TTU-HIV as part of the German Center for Infection Research (DZIF). He is current president of the German AIDS Society and on the Governing Board of EACS.


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