CIESAL researcher organises Latin American event on therapeutic monitoring


Jana Stojanova is a member of the organising committee for the Latin American meeting on therapeutic drug monitoring.

The event on therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) will focus on the area of infectious diseases, covering its use in fields such as paediatrics, intensive care, and tuberculosis. It brings together leading experts in the area, from countries including Chile, Uruguay, Colombia and Brazil. According to Dr. Stojanova, “this event is similar to one we carried out in October last year in the Asia-Pacific region”. She highlighted the fact that last year’s event was successful because it allowed scientific innovations to be interwoven with local experiences and challenges: “In the end, this made it possible to look at new solutions which fitted local realities”.

“My colleagues in Chile encounter similar challenges to those we saw at the event in Asia. I hope that we can achieve a meaningful dialogue in Latin America in order to support the use of TDM in situations where its use results in better clinical results”.

“TDM is a clinical intervention based on chemical analysis, i.e., measuring drug concentrations in order to personalise the dose to be used. In the work that I will present, we review published studies in order to comment on the quality of the evidence. TDM is not a simple intervention, such as, for example, administering or taking a drug, and then measuring the clinical response. TDM involves diverse expertise, multiple steps, and a range of professionals. Another factor is that the process evolves over time due to new tools, methodologies and software. I hope that my work will provide keys to enable the design of robust studies”.

Although Dr. Stojanova settled in Australia last year, her relationship with CIESAL and with the UV School of Medicine is still strong. She comments that the work she will present was carried out before leaving Chile and points out that it is “particularly pleasant to share this work which was developed with the support of my colleagues from CIESAL.”

In the photo: Jana Stojanova, Jane Carland, Danijela Kocic, Debbie Marriott, Sophie Stocker. Organising committee based at St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia.

The event will take place on March 16th and 17th, between 6:00 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. (Chilean time). It is free and open to all.