Vanderbilt TB Center FY 2019 Annual Report has been released!

March 23, 2020

The TB Center Annual Report from FY 2019 has now been published, detailing Center activities, research, and funding for the 2019 fiscal year. See the link below to download the full report. We look forward to continued progress toward our research goals in the current year.

Dr. Timothy Sterling featured on Occupational Health's Wellcast podcast, discussing latent TB infection

March 20, 2020

Dr. Timothy Sterling recently participated in Occupational Health's Wellcast podcast, discussing "What is Latent TB Infection?" During the podcast, Dr. Sterling discusses what is LTBI, diagnostic tests for LTBI, treatment options and why it's important to get treated. The Occupational Health Clinic performs a lot of TB testing for VUMC employees, and we hope this information is relevant to those wanting to know more about latent TB infection.

Updated guidelines for the treatment of latent TB infection

February 28, 2020

Updated guidelines for the treatment of latent TB infection (LTBI) have recently been published by the National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Comprehensive guidelines for treatment of LTBI among persons living in the United States were last published in 2000, and since then, several new regimens have been evaluated in clinical trials.

Welcome to new Program Manager, Andressa Scussel!

February 6, 2020

We would like to welcome Andressa Scussel to the position of program manager at the Vanderbilt TB Center. Andressa earned her Law degree in Brazil and her master’s degree International and Intercultural Education at Florida International University. Andressa will assist with coordinating efforts of the Center, based in the Department of Medicine/Division of Infectious Diseases and the Vanderbilt Institute for Global Health (VIGH).

TB + Leprosy Free Chuuk! Introductory Webinar on Volunteer Opportunities

September 30, 2019

Volunteer Opportunity from Jon Warkentin and Dick Brostrom: The Chuuk State Department of Health Services will soon begin an island-wide TB screening and treatment project. The goal is to identify, evaluate and treat both active and latent TB infection (LTBI) cases among adults and children living on Weno, Tol, and Polle islands. Our 30-week project will take place between March and September 2020, with follow-up and treatment teams continuing to work until October 2020. To learn more about this opportunity, please attend the webinar:

TB Trials Consortium Study 37 Begins!

August 26, 2019

The Metro Nashville Public Health TB Program has enrolled its first patients into a new clinical trial for latent TB infection. This trial is led by Dr. Timothy Sterling with funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) through the Tuberculosis Trials Consortium (TBTC).

TB Center receives new $3.6M R01 focused on predisposing factors for progression to TB disease

June 27, 2019

Drs. Timothy Sterling, Bruno Andrade (Instituto Brasileiro para Investigação da Tuberculose (IBIT), Salvador, Brazil), and Thomas Hawn (University of Washington) have just received a 5-year R01 grant from the National Institutes of Health entitled, “Immunogenetic predictors of active and incipient TB in HIV-negative and -positive close TB contacts” (R01AI147765). This was in response to PAR-16-254, "Mechanisms of Mycobacterial-Induced Immunity in HIV-Infected and Uninfected Individuals to Inform Innovative Tuberculosis Vaccine Design (R01)".

Larissa Otero, MD, MPH receives K43 Emerging Global Leader Award, first investigator to receive the award in Latin America

September 25, 2018

Larissa Otero, MD, MPH, is an Assistant Professor and investigator at partner institution Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia (UPCH) and Instituto de Medicina Tropical Alexander von Humboldt (IMTAvH), in Lima, Peru. Dr. Otero was recently awarded the K43 Emerging Global Leader award from the Fogarty International Center (FIC) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).