Portnoy et al. (2023) reveals economic potential of novel TB vaccines in low- and middle-income countries

Discover the potential impact of novel tuberculosis vaccine introduction on economic growth in low- and middle-income countries through a recently published modeling study in PLOS Medicine. In this study, Assistant Professor Allison Portnoy uncovers significant potential for these vaccines to drive substantial GDP gains, fostering economic development in LMICs.

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Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research Awarded $9.2 Million NIH Renewal

The Providence/Boston Center for AIDS Research (Prov/Bos CFAR) has received a five-year $9.2 million award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to further its work promoting multi-disciplinary clinical, behavioral, translation, and basic science HIV research. Their research is particularly focused on marginalized populations including men who have sex with men (MSM), people who use substances, justice-involved persons, women, gender minorities, and at-risk youth. To achieve this goal, the Prov/Bos CFAR is committed to fostering emerging HIV investigators, expanding collaborative research, and promoting outreach dissemination and education domestically and within other resource-limited settings.

Portnoy et al. (2023) shows promise of novel TB vaccines for health equity in low-income and middle-income countries

Introducing a recently published paper in BMJ Global Health  by Assistant Professor Allison Portnoy titled "The Potential Impact of Novel Tuberculosis Vaccines on Health Equity and Financial Protection in Low-Income and Middle-Income Countries."

The study reveals that these vaccines can significantly reduce financial vulnerability and improve health outcomes, particularly for lower-income groups.

Read more about the groundbreaking findings and recommendations here:


Fall TBIG Schedule

Please find the Fall TBIG Schedule Below. All meetings will be held on Thursdays from 1-2pm in Crosstown Center (801 Mass Ave.) Conference Room 2020 (2nd Floor) as well as on Zoom at the following meeting ID:

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Meeting ID: 916 6577 2569

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BU/BMC TIARA ARC Kick Off Meeting 7/17/23

The BU/BMC Tuberculosis Interdisciplinary Research Alliance has been awarded funds to formalize as an Affinity Research Collaboration and fund potential pilot projects. During this meeting we will invite groups from across BU’s campuses to brainstorm and discuss aims for the upcoming academic year.
Hybrid - Crosstown Center Conference Room 2128, 801 Mass Ave.

Interdisciplinary Approach to Tuberculosis Research Receives Funding for 2023-2024

We are thrilled to announce that our application to become an ARC was officially accepted and we received a funds to formalize ourselves as a TB group and fund a few potential pilot projects. We plan to hold a “TIARA Kickoff Meeting” sometime in mid-July to which we will invite groups from across BU’s campuses, try to get others excited and involved, and discuss aims for the year. Please stay tuned for a date/time for that meeting! See photo for celebratory "ARC" cake!

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Second high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis announced for September 2023

Preparing for the UN High-level Meeting on the fight against tuberculosis, 2023

The United Nations General Assembly will hold the second high-level meeting on the fight against tuberculosis on 22 September 2023. The theme of the meeting is: “Advancing science, finance and innovation, and their benefits, to urgently end the global tuberculosis epidemic, in particular, by ensuring equitable access to prevention, testing, treatment and care.”


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Submissions for #UnionConf2023 Now Open

We are excited to share that The Union World Conference on Lung Health 2023 will take place in-person from 15-18 November in Paris (Venue: Palais de Congress). The theme for this year’s conference is ‘Transforming Evidence into Practice’. The Union is now accepting submissions for Abstracts, Symposia, Satellite Sessions, Post-Graduate Courses and Workshops for the upcoming Union World Conference on Lung Health 2023. Submissions will be open until 6 April.

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