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ISC and its partners organised the 9th edition of the Science Summit around the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA78) on 12-29 September 2023.
The role and contribution of science to attaining the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be the central theme of the Summit. The objective is to develop and launch science collaborations to demonstrate global science mechanisms and activities to support the attainment of the UN SDGs, Agenda 2030 and Local2030. The meeting will also prepare input for the United Nations Summit of the Future, which will take place during UNGA79 beginning on 12 September 2024.
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Thursday, September 14 • 9:00am - 11:00am
[VIRTUAL] Transformative digital diagnostic technologies with Imperial College London (140901)

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Session Information
Theme – Diagnostics / Health
Session Title – Transformative digital diagnostic technologies

Keywords: Digital, Diagnostics, Connected, Infectious Disease, Malaria, Tuberculosis, Neonatal, Africa

Introduction and aims.
The recent 2023 World Health Assembly passed a resolution highlighting the importance of diagnostics for improving health at a global level. New diagnostic technologies have the potential to revolutionise healthcare in low- and middle-income countries, by bring fast, accurate, cheap, and connected diagnostics and decision support to where they are most needed. In this session we will showcase several projects developing and testing transformative digital diagnostics technologies in Africa and will discuss why they are important to achieve UN sustainable development goals.
  1. Illustrate different approaches to digital diagnostic development
  2. Explain the potential of digital diagnostics to create new models of healthcare
  3. Discuss the opportunities and challenges for digital diagnostics, and the role that policy makers can play
Most of the population of sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to adequate diagnostics for important health problems like infectious diseases. The infrastructure and training needed for everyone to have easy access to high quality “bricks and mortar” diagnostic laboratories are currently unaffordable and may be unnecessary. A new generation of digital diagnostic approaches offer a solution to this problem which could underpin more efficient and equitable healthcare, delivered at the point of need. However, these new technologies will only be able to leapfrog traditional approaches if they are enabled by a conducive policy and regulatory environment.
Bringing together policy and strategy expertise with researchers from six large international consortium projects, we will present integrated digital solutions utilising diverse approaches, including:
-        Point-of-care molecular detection methods for infectious diseases
-        Artificial intelligence image analysis for diagnosis of tuberculosis and other diseases  
-        Data-driven decision support tools for infections in newborn infants
We will discuss the application of digital diagnostic tools to other diseases, and we will illustrate the power of data generated from digital diagnostics, for disease surveillance and real time decision making. We will discuss facilitators and barriers to integration of digital diagnostics into health systems, including regulatory challenges, and will share our experience of building successful partnerships to develop novel solutions and overcome barriers.
Expected Outcomes
Attendees will gain increased knowledge of the types of digital diagnostic technologies which are in advanced development. This will be invaluable as countries and international organisations develop diagnostic strategies for the future.
Attendees will understand the potential benefits of digital diagnostic tools over current diagnostic approaches for individuals, health systems, and global health, and how they can help to achieve sustainable development goals.
Attendees will have an opportunity to explore the barriers to realising the benefits of digital diagnostic tools, including policy and regulatory challenges
Attendees will identify how they can help to remove these barriers and support the successful implementation of transformative digital diagnostic technologies

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Chimhuya Simbarashe

Senior Lecturer, University of Zimbabwe
I am a paediatrician and an academic at the University of Zimbabwe (Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences). I am head of a 100-bed teaching neonatal unit at Sally Mugabe Central Hospital (Harare). I led the development and implementation of a newborn Learning Health System (Neotree... Read More →
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Msandeni Chiume

Head of Paediatrics Department, Ministry of health, Kamuzu Central Hospital
As a Chief Paediatrican on the Ministry of Health (Malawi), Dr. Msandeni Chiume-Kayuni is the Head of Paediatrics and Child Health department at Kamuzu Central Hospital (KCH), a major referral centre in Lilongwe, Malawi. Msandeni manages her department where she also teaches and practices... Read More →
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Julie Makani

Principal Investigator, Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS) and SickleInAfrica
Prof. Julie Makani is from the Department of Haematology and Blood Transfusion at Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences [(MUHAS) www.muhas.ac.tz], where Tanzania established one of the world’s largest single-center study cohorts for sickle cell disease in Muhimbili... Read More →
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Mari da Veiga

Programmes and Partnerships Manager, Imperial College London
Since November 2022, Mari leads on Programmes and Partnerships for Imperial’s Global Development Hub – a strategic flagship project that brings together Imperial’s community to develop, amplify and support research and education impact in Lower Middle-Income Countries (LMICs... Read More →
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Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Africa CDC
Jean Philbert Nsengimana (Phil) is the Chief Digital Health Advisor at Africa CDC.  He also serves as a special advisor to the Commons Project and the Digital Impact Alliance, working to unlock the full potential of technology and data for Africa's prosperity. Prior to those rol... Read More →
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Kasia Szostak Lipowicz

Regulatory Affairs Director, ProtonDx
Kasia Szostak‑Lipowicz is a Regulatory Affairs Director at ProtonDx, a spinout of Imperial College fuelled by a unique collaboration between engineering, medicine and molecular biology to deliver cutting-edge medical devices and molecular biology tools.  There, she ensures and... Read More →
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Michelle Heys

UCL and NIHR Professor of Global Child Health
Michelle is an NIHR and UCL Professor of Global Child Health, Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, University College London, UK and a Consultant Paediatrican looking after children and young people with complex neurodisability in East London, UK. She leads two digital health... Read More →
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Darlington Akogo

Founder & CEO, MinoHealth AI Labs
Darlington Akogo is a global leader in Artificial Intelligence. He's the Founder and Chief Executive Officer at minoHealth AI Labs; an AI Healthtech company; karaAgro AI; an AI-powered Plant & Pest Disease Detection and Precision Agriculture platform, Runmila AI Institute; an AI and Data Science training institute, and Gudra AI Studio; an organization broadly exploring AI and Exponential Technologies applied various domains including Transportation, Sanitation and Energy.Akogo has been named one of the Global Top 100 Most Influential People of African... Read More →
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Jonathan Cooper

Wolfson Chair of Bioengineering, The University of Glasgow
Professor Jon Cooper holds The Wolfson Chair in Biomedical Engineering with major research interests are in medical diagnostics and imaging, with a track record of spin-out and translation into industry and clinical practice. His particular interests are in point of care nucleic acid... Read More →
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James Seddon

Reader, Imperial College London
James Seddon is a Reader in Global Child Health at Imperial College London, an Associate Professor at Stellenbosch University, and a Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St. Mary’s Hospital in London. His research focusses on children with TB. James studied medicine at... Read More →
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Aubrey Cunnington

Professor and Head of Section, Imperial College London
Aubrey Cunnington is Professor of Paediatric Infectious Disease and Head of Section at Imperial College London and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Infectious Diseases at St Mary's Hospital (Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust). He leads a research group working on pathogenesis of malaria and identifying... Read More →
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Emmanuel Milimo

Senior Project Manager, PharmAccess Foundation
Emmanuel is a senior project manager at PharmAccess an international NGO dedicated to facilitating affordable access to quality healthcare in Africa by stimulating investments in the healthcare industry and digital transformation through partnerships with the private sector and government... Read More →
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Harriet Mpairwe

Assistant Professor, MRC/UVRI and LSHTM Uganda Research Unit
I am a physician and epidemiologist with over ten years of post-doctoral experience in conducting large research studies in Uganda. I am currently investigating the causes of the increasing prevalence of childhood asthma in Africa and the underlying mechanisms. I am part of the Digital... Read More →

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Francesca Piffer

Project Manager, Imperial College London
Francesca is Project Manager of the NIHR Global Health Research Group on Digital Diagnostics for African Health Systems at Imperial College London, a multi-site interdisciplinary research group evaluating and optimising advanced digital diagnostics through linked studies in six African... Read More →

Thursday September 14, 2023 9:00am - 11:00am EDT