TBnet Academy in Riga
This Academy was held for the 11th time, previously it's been held in various European countries. It provides participants – young doctors and researchers – with the opportunity to learn and experience innovations in the prevention, epidemiology, treatment and improvement of standards of care under the guidance of internationally coached experts and mentors. The academy is attended by more than 40 professionals from 13 different countries in the European region. This year, TB and Lung Diseases Center was selected as a collaborator and host for this prestigious event.
Dr Liga Kuksa, head of WHO CC: TBnet Academy is a unique event where young specialists working in TB can familiarize themselves with the latest scientific and practical advances and assess the importance and necessity of research. The academy aims to encourage participants and help them acquire specific skills to succeed in research. Such international cooperation, particularly in times of conflict and economic instability in the European region, is vital to ensuring the ongoing exchange of scientific ideas and clinical knowledge, as well as cultural education and friendshipTBnet is a European NGO made up of more than 900 health professionals and scientists. The organization aims to promote the quality of TB patient care by addressing health inequalities, making expert recommendations in areas where clinical evidence is lacking, prioritizing research, conducting multicentre clinical trials and training European clinicians and scientists. The author and promoter of the Academy idea is Prof Christoph Lange, who represents the Borstel Institute of Science in Germany and is also a Board Member of TBnet.