Category Archives: TB

2nd Global Forum on TB Vaccines concludes, looks to the future

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The following post is by Annmarie Leadman, Director of Communications at the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation and Babs Verblackt, Associate Communications at TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative – TBVI. Christine Sizemore of the U.S. National Institutes of Health called on the TB vaccine research field to challenge dogma and to think outside the box as scientists […]

Clinical research fellows educate lawmakers on value of global HIV/TB programs

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Eleven current and former Fogarty International and Doris Duke clinical research fellows made their way to Capitol Hill Thursday for congressional office visits with key legislators. The Center for Global Health Policy staff escorted the group to meetings with the offices of 15 policymakers. The fellows highlighted their research experience abroad through the Fogarty and […]

TB vaccine advocates assess efforts to raise TB vaccine support

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The following post is by Annmarie Leadman, Director of Communications at the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, and Babs Verblackt, Associate Communications at TuBerculosis Vaccine Initiative – TBVI Knowledge about the global tuberculosis epidemic is misunderstood and will only change with greater understanding of the disease, said TB advocates during a facilitated discussion on TB […]

Film shows effort to massively ramp up HIV testing in Kenya

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In the lead up to this week’s MDG Summit, health experts discussed integration of HIV/AIDS programs with other health programs at a special event in Washington, DC.  David Hoos, MD, of Columbia University’s International Center for AIDS Care and Treatment Programs (ICAP), one of the largest PEPFAR implementers, spoke on the panel, which was sponsored […]

Tackling TB to reach MDG targets: The promise of new vaccines

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The following is a guest blog posting by Peg Willingham, the Senior Director of the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation. World leaders are meeting at the United Nations in New York this week to discuss the ambitious global poverty reduction agenda set forth in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  With five years left in the timeline […]

TB, AIDS Opinion Pieces Abound in Anticipation of Global Fund Replenishment & MDGs

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Over the past few weeks, opinion editorials and letters to the editor calling for U.S. support of global HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis funding are cropping up in newspapers across the nation. The media push is in anticipation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) Summit taking place in New York City next week, and the Global Fund […]

Zambia employs innovative techniques to stop spread of TB

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The Center’s Christine Lubinski and Rabita Aziz describe visits to ZAMSTAR’s TB programs in Livingstone and Lusaka, Zambia, during a recent Congressional delegate trip to Africa. Performers dressed in bright green ZAMSTAR uniforms sing louder and clap harder as a large crowd gathers around their truck.  Another performer exuberantly walks around in front of the audience […]

New test IDs TB infections in less than 2 hours

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A new, automated nucleic acid–amplification test might take the time to diagnose TB infection, even a drug resistant strain, down to 90 minutes. That’s according to a study published in The New England Journal of Medicine Wednesday. The Xpert MTB/RIF tests for Mycobacterium tuberculosis (MTB) and resistance to rifampin (RIF), a powerful anti-TB drug. Trial […]