Release of Part 1 of EXPOSED scheduled for the week of May 20. EXPOSED is a four-part series of short films that tell the story of the deadly global epidemic of tuberculosis. The series will portray the struggles of four inspiring individuals – an MDR-TB survivor, a TB doctor, a clinical trial volunteer, and a TB vaccine researcher – bringing viewers to the forefront of the race against tuberculosis.
Treatment Action Group (TAG) recently released its Spring 2013 issue of tagline, which contains three articles about TB research that might be of interest to you– 1) on rifapentine research and access, 2) on adaptive clinical trial designs, and 3) on pediatric drug development needs.
MSF Scientific Day is a unique opportunity to showcase medical and scientific research carried out in MSF programmes around the world. Presenting and debating the findings from our research is vital to improve the quality of our humanitarian programmes. There will be several topic s on tuberculosis.
The Center for Health Market Innovations (CHMI) has compiled profiles on over 1,200 programs and counting. For TB innovations, the CHMI database contains 58 programs that work on TB in 33 countries.
To commemorate World TB Day 2013, The Lancet Infectious Diseases publishes a Series of papers on tuberculosis, a disease that has long plagued human beings and was declared a global emergency in 1993 by WHO.
World TB Day is celebrated on March 24 and there is a lot going on during this week and next to highlight the continued problem of TB in the world and the solutions to address the problem. Included is a list of publications, news items, events, and links related to TB and World TB Day 2013.
The results of the first TB vaccine efficacy trial in over 90 years was released today showing that the vaccine candidate MVA85A when given as a booster did not provide added protection to infants who had already received BCG. The trial adds scientific value to the field and enhances the field’s understanding and ability in conducting large-scale TB vaccine trials. Additional links to TB R&D news are included.
The FDA granted Janssen’s TB drug Bedaquiline accelerated approval for treatment of MDR-TB. A link is provided to the FDA press release and Janssen’s full press release is included.
A video from Medecins Sans Frontieres entitled “Multidrug-Resistance Tuberculosis: No Promises” on the situation of children affected with MDR-TB. It highlights the dire plight of children being treated for MDR-TB in Tajikistan.
Yesterday, Nov. 28th, the FDA Ant-infective Drug Advisory Committee voted to recommend Janssen’s Bedaquiline for accelerated approval for the treatment of MDR tuberculosis. A summary of the proceedings is included.