Dr. Michael D. Iseman, a world renowned pulmonologist and leading expert on tuberculosis has joined Oxford Immunotec as the Senior Scientific Advisor. In May 2010, the WGND had the honor of interviewing Dr. Iseman in our “Voices from the Fight to Stop TB” series. We congratulate Dr. Iseman on is new position!
CNN featured TB diagnostic Xpert MTB/RIF in its Inside Africa program and looked at the implementation of Xpert MTB/RIF in Uganda. In addition, the CORE Group hosted an online presentation on Xpert MTB/RIF from Elizabeth Talbot, Associate Professor of Infectious Diseases and International Health at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center, and Medical Scientist, FIND: Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics. Results of a survey of their TB Working Group listserv also is included.
“Advanced TB Diagnostic Research: An intensive, high-level course on TB diagnostic research methods” will be held July5-8, 2011 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This advanced course will cover the principles behind diagnostic research, diagnostic study designs, sources of bias, and value chain for TB diagnostics development.
Yesterday, Mario Raviglione , Director of Stop TB, and Giorgio Roscigno, CEO of FIND, held a global press conference announcing the World Health Organization’s endorsement of the new rapid diagnostic test Xpert MTB/RIF. If implemented to scale in countries where tuberculosis (TB) is endemic, it could revolutionize how TB is diagnosed and treated. The test could have a significant impact on patients that are smear negative, HIV positive, or infected with drug-resistant TB.
Following a year long consultative process WHO and the TB/HIV Working Group Secretariat finalized and released this report that defines the priority TB/HIV research agenda. The document reviews the latest available evidence in six key areas, defines the research gaps and identifies the priority research questions. These priority research questions require urgent and unprecedented scientific interest from TB and HIV researchers and require resources from funding agencies to ensure their implementation.