Leading tuberculosis research to be showcased at University of Leicester event

Posted by ap507 at Mar 21, 2017 09:49 AM |
Free public event to promote World TB Day 2017 taking place on Wednesday 22 March

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 21 March 2017

World TB Day, falling on 24 March each year, is designed to build public awareness about the global epidemic of tuberculosis (TB) and to promote efforts to eliminate the disease.

Leading research into TB will be showcased at an event at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 22 March in celebration of World TB Day.

While TB is often seen as an historical disease in the UK, Leicester and other big cities still identify several hundred cases of TB each year.

People arriving in the UK from certain countries are particularly susceptible to TB in the first five years after arrival, often due to the stresses and challenges that they face.

Those from disadvantaged backgrounds, such as homeless people, are also susceptible to the condition.

The University of Leicester event, entitled ‘Reality TB: The truth about TB in Leicester and how we are making a difference’, is organised by Professor Andrea Cooper and Dr Pranab Haldar (Leicester Tuberculosis Research Group leads) and will comprise a series of short talks that focus on the experience of TB across different communities throughout Leicester.

The researchers will be sharing the work of the University Hospitals of Leicester and the University of Leicester that is at the forefront of UK TB research and is helping to overcome the reality of TB locally, nationally and across the world. 

Professor Cooper said: “Our goal is to acknowledge how much TB impacts our global population – it is as relevant today as in the past, despite medical advances. 

“Our work in Leicester has an impact across the world – we are living in a global society with freedom of movement a modern phenomenon. TB is a disease that we have struggled to control globally which has resulted in it overtaking HIV as the single biggest infectious killer.”

Dr Haldar added: “The University of Leicester recognises that more work needs to be done. We are privileged to work with our uniquely diverse local community to develop strategies together in the fight against TB.” 

The event will also shed light on research into TB at the University of Leicester, including work to develop new biomarkers to identify and treat TB and research into the mechanisms that underpin transmission of TB bacteria.

At the event there will be a TB patient, a Public Health speaker on a local outbreak, a report on the state of TB at the local and national level, a report on the migrant screening programme and an invited speaker from Imperial College London.

The University of Leicester event will take place on 22 March, 12.00noon-4.00pm in the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre, Henry Wellcome Building.


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For more information contact Professor Andrea Cooper on email amc72@le.ac.uk or ph62@le.ac.uk   


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