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27 Nov 2012
by Working Group

Posted in Events, TB Drug Development, TB News, TB Treatment

Recap from the 43rd Union World Conference in Kuala Lumpur

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The week of November 12th was exciting with the 43rd Union World Conference, the WGND Annual Meeting (will be posting presentations soon), and the Stop TB Coordinating Board Meeting. Included are some news highlights and a listing of webcasts of interesting and presentations relevant for TB drug development and research.

The Growing Landscape of TB Trials: Interview with Dr. Andrew Vernon

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This week we highlight an interview with Dr. Andrew Vernon, the Chief, Clinical Research Branch, Division of Tuberculosis Elimination at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). He discusses the progress made in TB drug development and the growing number of TB trials and trials groups.

Immunotherapeutic Vaccines, TB and China: Interview with Dr. Douglas Lowrie

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This week we highlight an interview with Dr. Douglas Lowrie, a Senior Research Fellow at Fudan University’s Shanghai Public Health Clinical Center in China. He discusses the extent of the problem of TB in China and innovative research on enhancing TB treatment using immunotherapeutic vaccines.

Launch of the Good Participatory Practice Guidelines for TB Drug Trials

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The Stakeholder and Community Engagement Workgroup of the Critical Path to TB Drug Regimens initiative launches guidelines that will facilitate the involvement of communities and participants in the conduct of TB drug trials.

4 Sep 2012
by Working Group

Posted in Front Lines of TB R&D, TB News, TB Treatment

TB R&D Weekly Update: High Dose Vitamin D May Enhance TB Treatment

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This week we highlight a study showing promising results that providing high dose vitamin D supplements along with antibiotics could improve treatment outcomes for TB patients. The abstract and additional news coverage are included, as well as, links to other TB R&D news.

15 Aug 2012

2012 WGND Annual Meeting is Nov 14 in Kuala Lumpur

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We will have our 2012 Annual Meeting in Kuala, Lumpur on Wednesday, November 14 at the Impiana KLCC Hotel from 13:00 to 17:30. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the 43rd Union World Conference on Lung Health.

11 Apr 2012

TB R&D Update: Strategies for Early and Late Stage Drug Development

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This week, we are highlighting two articles published online in the Journal of Infectious Diseases in March. The first article by Coxon, et al., looks at the benefits and limitations of the two main approaches to compound discovery for TB, target-based and phenotypic-based. The second article by Phillips, et al., would like TB clinical trialists to consider new strategies or designs for evaluating TB drug regimens which could alleviate a bottleneck as new drugs and consequently new potential drug combinations move into clinical testing. Additional links to TB R&D publications and news are included.

27 Mar 2012

TB R&D Update: 243rd American Chemistry Society Conference

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The 243rd American Chemistry Society National Meeting and Exposition is being held in San Diego, California, from March 26 to March 29. There are several presentations on tuberculosis. Here are the abstracts of a few of the talks. The first item received news coverage and discusses two approved antibiotics that may prove effective in treating TB. Additional links to TB R&D News are included.

23 Mar 2012
by Working Group

Posted in Action, Announcements, Events, TB News

World TB Day! Overview of Events, News and Messages

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Saturday, March 24, is officially World TB Day but there has been a stream of activities, publications, news and messages to let the world not forget about this major infectious disease killer that claims millions of lives each year. We present links and summaries of events, publications, messages, and news coverage leading up to World TB Day.

21 Mar 2012
by Working Group

Posted in Announcements, Events, TB Drug Development, TB News

World TB Day Coverage: New Combo TB Drug Trial Announced

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During the “Cure All: A briefing on the status of the most promising new TB drugs research” sponsored by the Critical Path to New TB Drug Regimens (CPTR) on Monday, March 19, Dr. Mel Spigelman, CEO & President, of TB Alliance announced the launch of the NC002 trial, a combination drug trial that establishes a new pathway to TB and multi-drug resistant TB treatment. The meeting also involved high-level officials from U.S. agencies that support TB research including Anthony Fauci (Director, NIAID/NIH), Janet Woodcock (Director, CDER/FDA), and Robert Clay (Deputy Assistant Administrator, Global Health Bureau/USAID).