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Tuberculosis: Understanding the Enemy (X8)


Organizer(s) Eric J. Rubin, Sébastien Gagneux and Heran Darwin
March 13—18, 2013
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Abstract Deadline: Nov 13, 2012
Late Abstract Deadline: Dec 11, 2012
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 13, 2012
Early Registration Deadline: Jan 14, 2013

Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


Summary of Meeting:
Despite more than a century of research, tuberculosis (TB) remains one of the leading causes of death in the world. Although drug therapy is available, it remains cumbersome and difficult to administer in areas of the developing world where TB is most prevalent. Moreover, the rise of HIV and consequent marked increase in TB susceptibility and the increasing appearance of drug resistant bacterial strains has made management of infection far more difficult. New approaches to treatment and prevention could have an enormous impact on the disease. This meeting will bring together different disciplines, including microbial genomics and genetics, bacterial physiology, systems biology and drug development, to explore how Mycobacterium tuberculosis is transmitted and causes disease. In addition, the conference will be paired with a concurrent meeting that explores host responses to TB. Together, these two conferences will cover a breadth of TB biology and examine the interface between the host and pathogen. The conference will provide an opportunity for interactions among those from different fields and include many participants from disciplines that would not ordinarily participate in a meeting devoted exclusively to TB. We hope to stimulate new collaborations and introduce novel areas of biology so that the field will be positioned to tackle the many remaining challenges for combating this disease. The meeting will also provide an opportunity to develop and engage the next generation of researchers in the field by including junior and early stage investigators in the meeting format.

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Scholarships/Awards

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Corrie Maria Ortega
Seattle Biomedical Research Institute, USA

Melissa V. Ramirez
Colorado State University, USA

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) Scholarship Recipients

Allison J. Fay
Sloan-Kettering Institute, USA

Ellen Foot Perkowski
University of North Carolina, USA

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Maxwell Oluwole Akanbi
Jos University Teaching Hospital, Nigeria

Luciana Balboa
Instituto de Medicina Experimental-CONICET, Argentina

Mohamed Ridha Barbouche
Institut Pasteur de Tunis, Tunisia

Debapriya Bhattacharya
Siksha O Anusandhan University, India

Roger Ivan Calderon
Socios en Salud Sucursal Peru, Peru

Novel Njweipi Chegou
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Gobardhan Das
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Marina Andrea Forrellad
Biotechnology Institute, Argentina

Hope Chioma Innocent-Adiele
New York University School of Medicine, USA

Elena Anatolevna Khaylu
Armauer Hansen Research Institute, Ethiopia

Samuel Kirimunda
University of Georgia, Global Health Institute, USA

Marisa Klopper
Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Andre Loxton
University of Stellenbosch, South Africa

Tao Luo
Fudan University, China

Kiran Iqbal Masood
Aga Khan University, Pakistan

Erasto Vitus Mbugi
Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences, Tanzania

Lydia Nakiyingi
Makerere University Kampala, Uganda

Samuel Ayaba Njikan
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Ngozi Nma Odu
University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria

Catherine Ong
National University of Singapore, Singapore

Violet Asiko Ongaya
Kenya Medical Research Institute, Kenya

Freddy W. Proaño
Army Polytechnic University, Ecuador

Rogerio Silva Rosada
School of Pharmaceutical Sciences of Ribeirão Preto / USP, Brazil

Leonardo Astolfi Rosado
federal university of santa catarina, Brazil

Felanji David Simukonda
Karonga Prevention Study, Malawi

Vinayak Singh
University of Cape Town, Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine, South Africa

Toyin Omotayo Togun
Medical Research Council - The Gambia Unit, Gambia

Jaya S. Tyagi
All India Institute of Medical Sciences, India