Program to present ideas for ending TB epidemic

Virtual symposium March 23-24 will explore a new vision of collaboration against tuberculosis.

The 5th annual University of Washington Tuberculosis Symposium will be held virtually this year from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, March 23-24.

The topic is “Collaborations to Help End the TB Epidemic: A New Vision for the 21st Century.” 

The keynote speaker will be Dr. Susan Dorman, professor of medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases, at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. She will discuss, “TB, COVID-19, and U-Shaped Curves.”

Other presenters include researchers, clinicians, public health officials and trainees from the UW School of Medicine, the UW School of Public Health, the King County TB Control Program, the Washington State Department of Health,

Kenya TB clinic
A TB cliinic at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Nairobi.

Seattle Children’s Research Institute, University of Nairobi, the Kenya Medical Research Institute, the Kisumu County Department of Health, and the Kenya TB Research and Training Program.  The symposium agenda has details on topics, speakers and times.

The symposium is sponsored by the UW Tuberculosis Research & Training Center, the UW School of Medicine Department of Medicine, the Department of Global Health, jointly in the UW medical school and the UW School of Public Health, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The symposium is free but registration is required.

The symposium honors World TB Day, which was established to bring public attention to the TB epidemic and efforts to eliminate this disease.  It commemorates the day in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced in Berlin that he had discovered the cause of tuberculosis.  At that time, TB was responsible for 7 out of every 10 deaths in the Americas and Europe. Today, TB is one of the top 10 causes of death worldwide.  The World TB Day theme this year is “The Clock is Ticking.”

-- Leila Gray,, 206.475.9809


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