Nancy Séraphin, MPH, PhD, Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases and Global Medicine (IDGM), and the Emerging Pathogens Institute (EPI) at the University of Florida visited VUMC between June 13th-15th. Her visit was highlighted by meetings with the TB Center team, collaborative discussions with researchers at VUMC, and the presentation of a guest lecture entitled: "The public health importance of Mycobacterium tuberculosis intra-host genetic variability”.
During the 2022 Annual Conference of the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association, The Vanderbilt TB Center was awarded the Joe B. Ware Partner Service Award. The award “recognizes an organization that has made a significant effort and/or contribution to the mission of TB control and prevention through partnership activities with public health TB programs.”
Vanderbilt Tuberculosis Center recently hosted a meeting of researchers involved in our LTBI R01 project “Immunogenetic predictors of active and incipient TB in HIV-negative and -positive close TB contacts” (NIH R01AI147765). The event, which took place between May 31st and June 2nd, included presentations about ongoing research and initial data, working group sessions, and breakout meetings.
We are pleased to announce the publication of “Cytomegalovirus Infection Is Associated With Increased Prevalence of Latent Tuberculosis Infection” in the Open Forum Infectious Diseases. This publication was led by Drs. Yuri F. van der Heijden and Moises A. Huaman.
The Effect of Diabetes and Prediabetes on Anti-tuberculosis Treatment Outcomes: A Multi-center Prospective Cohort Study was generated from the RePORT-Brazil collaboration, led by Maria Arriaga, and published in The Journal of Infectious Diseases Background: It is unclear whether diabetes or prediabetes affect unfavorable treatment outcomes and death in people with tuberculosis (PWTB).
Dr. Berhanu is an infectious diseases physician and clinical researcher. She is originally from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She completed her undergraduate degree at Stanford University and her medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine. Ribka did her clinical training in internal medicine at the University of Chicago and her fellowship in infectious diseases at the University of North Carolina. She subsequently completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Boston University School of Public Health.
Determinants of losses in the latent tuberculosis infection cascade of care in Brazil publication was generated from the RePORT-Brazil collaboration, and published in BMJ Global Health Introduction: Factors associated with losses in the latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) cascade of care in contacts of patients with tuberculosis (TB) were investigated in a multicentre prospective cohort from highly endemic regions in Brazil.
A clinical prediction model for unsuccessful pulmonary tuberculosis treatment outcomes scientific publication was generated from the RePORT-Brazil collaboration, led by Dr. Lauren Peetluk, and published in JID (Journal of Infectious Disease).