The goal of promoting the role and value played by medical diagnostics in improving public health was achieved at the 11th edition of the ACDx

The 11th Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx) was held at Les Pensières Center for Global Health in Annecy (France), from September 18 to 23, 2022. 28 participants from 23 countries attended the week’s training course and discussions on diagnostics.

ACDx course participants
ACDx course participants

“We must maintain the Pasteur approach, with no borders between countries and no borders between human and animal health” underlined Alain Mérieux, President of the Mérieux Foundation, at the opening of this new edition.

Over the course of a week, the participants attended conferences, round table discussions, debates, workshops and role-play sessions on the six key themes identified by the course’s scientific committee:

  • The value of diagnostics in a global healthcare approach
  • The role of diagnostics in preparing for epidemics and the lessons learned from the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Global and national action plans, key role of diagnostics in the fight against antimicrobial resistance
  • “Technological and Social Innovation” Forum
  • The reinforcement of laboratory systems to improve access to diagnostics
  • Importance of partnerships and networks in sustaining laboratory systems

The various ACDx sessions were led by international experts from the world of diagnostics – scientists, universities, industrialists and members of governmental and non-governmental organizations. This included several experts from the Mérieux Foundation, who had the opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences during plenary sessions and group exercises. For example, Dr François-Xavier Babin, Director of International Operations, gave a definition of the laboratory system and Dr Benoît Chevalier, Head of Biomedical Diagnostics, was involved in the session on the importance of quality management systems in laboratories. During the same session, the participants took part in group exercises on quality management, biosafety, biosecurity and accreditation led by Nicolas Steenkeste, Head of Biosafety, Biosecurity and Quality, Ann Thu Ngo, Quality Officer, and Benoît Chevalier. Emmanuelle Boussières also shared her knowledge of RESAOLAB, which is the first regional program designed to strengthen the capacities of laboratories, a fundamental component of the health system.

About ACDx

The Advanced Course on Diagnostics (ACDx) aims to promote the role and value of diagnostics in global healthcare and to reinforce capacities to make critical decisions on diagnostics in developing countries through partnerships and networks. This intensive one-week course has been designed to improve the knowledge and professional networks of the participants. The course focuses on difficulties with access to high-quality diagnostics, particularly in the fight against antimicrobial resistance and preparing for epidemics, as well as encouraging social and technological innovations.

The course is directed by Professor Rosanna Peeling from the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and Dr François-Xavier Babin from the Mérieux Foundation. The ACDx program is developed by a scientific committee made up of representatives of the following institutions: , UNICEF, WHO, Special Program for Research and Training in Tropical Diseases (WHO/TDR), US Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Africa CDC, Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), LSHTM, Global Fundand the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics (FIND).

The course is supported by unrestricted grants and sponsorship from bioMérieux, CNine Biosolutions, CEPHEID, Illumina and Roche.