Latest News

April 2011

Meeting Report from the International Symposium on TB Diagnostics: Innovating to Make an Impact - More Information [Link]
Lancet publishes a multi-country implementation study on Xpert MTB/RIF - More Information [Link]
Article: Improving TB diagnosis: difference between knowing the path and walking the path - More Information [Link]
Improving TB diagnosis in India: What will it take? - More Information [Link]

March 2011

RECENTLY PUBLISHED: The BCG World Atlas: A Database of Global BCG Vaccination Policies and Practices - More Information [Link] , [Video]

February 2011

Advanced TB Diagnostic Research Course Offered: An intensive, high-level course on TB diagnostic research methods (July 5-8, 2011) Canada - More Information [Link]
G-FINDER report 2010. Neglected Disease Research and Development: Is the Global Financial Crisis Changing R&D;? - More Information [Link]
Gates Foundation Grant Opportunity: Tuberculosis Biomarkers. - More Information [Link]
Collection of Studies on TB Culture Methods Released on - More Information [Link]
New Diagnostics Working Group Winter Newsletter Released - More Information [Link]

January 2011

Call for Papers for a Special Issue on Detection of Tuberculosis Disease (15 March 2011) - More Information [Link]
Advanced TB Diagnostic Research Course Offered: An intensive, high-level course on TB diagnostic research methods (July 5-8, 2011) Canada - More Information [Link]
MODS now available as a standardized kit. - More Information [Link]
Lancet World Report: WHO recommends against inaccurate tuberculosis tests. - More Information [Link]

December 2010

STAG/WHO endorses negative policy recommendations on commercial serological tests for TB diagnosis. - More Information [Link]
E-Alert: WHO Endorses New Rapid Tuberculosis Test. - More Information [Link]
Stop TB Tuberculosis Research Survey: Please participate to help TB Research Moving Forward. - More Information [Link]

November 2010

ARTICLE: The Scandal of TB Misdiagnosis. - More Information [Link]
Lancet published news report on point-of-care diagnosis for TB. - More Information [Link]
New Yorker publishes article on TB diagnosis in India. - More Information [Link]

October 2010

The Global Plan to Stop TB 2011-2015: Transforming the Fight-Towards Elimination of Tuberculosis. - More Information [Link]

September 2010

Tuberculosis Diagnostic Research: Beyond the Basics- An intensive course on TB Diagnostic research methods - from basics to advanced techniques. - More Information [Link]
Large-scale trial of Xpert MTB/RIF published in NEJM. - More Information [Link]
Meta-analysis of MODS and TLA published in Lancet Infectious Diseases. - More Information [Link]

August 2010

BIO Venture for Global Health publishes The Diagnostic Innovation Map - Medical Diagnostics for the Unmet Needs of the Developing World. - More Information [Link]
WHO announces new policies on microscopy and non-commercial culture methods. - More Information [Link]

July 2010

International Symposium on: TB Diagnostics: Innovating to Make an Impact. December 16 - 17, 2010, New Delhi, India. - More Information [Link]
Funding opportunity for TB diagnostics from FDA's Critical Path Initiative. - More Information [Link]
CDC released updated guidelines for IGRAs. - More Information [Link]

May 2010

Lancet publishes special series on tuberculosis. - More Information [Link]
TB diagnostics in the spotlight by TDR. - More Information [Link]

April 2010

New systematic review published on bleach microscopy. - More Information [Link]
STAG-TB endorses LED microscopy, same-day smear diagnosis, and selected non-commercial rapid culture methods. - More Information [Link]

February 2010

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued guidance on Bayesian statistical methods in the design and analysis of medical device clinical trials that could result in less costly and more efficient patient studies. - More Information [Link]

January 2010

CDC Issues a new grant, "Building Global Capacity for Diagnostic Testing of Tuberculosis, Malaria, and HIV Through Laboratory Strengthening and Integration of Services under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) (CDC-RFA-PS10-10121)." The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to build indigenous capacity for TB-oriented research. - More Information [Link]
Stop TB Partnership launches new initiative (TB REACH) to help countries increase TB case detection. The main objective of TB REACH is to promote early and increased case detection of infectious tuberculosis (TB) cases and ensure their timely treatment, while maintaining high cure rates within DOTS programmes. TB REACH will encourage the development and application of innovative, ground-breaking and efficient techniques, interventions, and activities that result in increased TB case detection, reduced transmission and prevention of the emergence of drug-resistant forms of TB. As suggested by its name, TB REACH will focus on reaching people who have limited or no access to TB services. - More Information [Link]

December 2009

In December 2009, the Stop TB Partnership's NDWG released a new publication entitled "Pathways to Better Diagnostics for Tuberculosis: A blueprint for the development of TB diagnostics." - More Information [Link]

November 2009

Workshop in Montreal on the GRADE approach for diagnostic tests (February 2010) - More Information [Link]
New study finds that research studies on diagnostic tests for TB, malaria and HIV are poorly conducted and reported - More Information [Link]
Faculty Candidate opportunity at Duke University and Duke Global Health Institute - More Information [Link]

October 2009

Postdoc opportunity in TB diagnostic research at McGill University, Montreal - More Information [Link]

September 2009

APHL releases a self-assessment tool designed to assist laboratories in the assessment of the quality of their laboratory’s TB diagnostic practices - More Information [Link]

August 2009

New publication provides guidance on how to figure out the costs of TB diagnostic tests - More Information [Link]
Read the latest TDR News article "Evaluating diagnostics: Introducing evidence-based measures to an unregulated world" - More Information [Link]
Listen to a podcast on tuberculosis and open access publishing in the PLoS Medicine blog "Speaking of Medicine" - More Information [Link]
Now Available: Search Tool for New Diagnostics Information from TREAT-TB - More Information [Link]
A new modeling study looks at the epidemiological benefits of more-effective tuberculosis vaccines, drugs, and diagnostics - More Information [Link]

July 2009

New study explores the use of Mobile Phone Based Clinical Microscopy for Global Health Applications - More Information [Link]
Light-emitting diode technologies for TB diagnosis: a survey of what is on the market - More Information [Link]