The University of Washington Tuberculosis Research & Training Center (TRTC) held its fourth annual Tuberculosis Symposium on September 16, 2019. Over 100 researchers from UW, Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Stanford University, IHME, and others participated in the symposium. The Symposium, entitled “Innovations to help end the TB epidemic; a new vision for the 21st century,” featured sessions on TB vaccines, the risk of TB disease in children, and TB control interventions, and showcased innovations to help end the TB epidemic, both locally and globally.
Global Health Professor Receives $1.4 Million Grant to Study New Technologies in Tuberculosis Testing
A new grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will allow Paul Drain, a professor in the UW Department of Global Health, to conduct clinical evaluation studies of point-of-care tuberculosis (TB) diagnostic tests. These rapid tests deliver quick results to patients and clinicians in hospital and community clinics. By accelerating the initiation of TB treatment, patients may have better outcomes and will be less likely to transmit TB to others. TB has become the leading infectious cause of mortality in the world, due partly to poorly performing diagnostic test practices.
Dr. Grace John-Stewart, a professor of global health, epidemiology, medicine, and pediatrics at the University of Washington, was recently awarded an $828,368 grant from the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is titled “The effect of HIV exposure and infection on immunity to TB in children”.