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By Biocat

Tuberculosis (TB) is a global health problem affecting 8.8 million people, 81% of which are found in 22 developing countries according to data from the WHO. In Catalonia, 1,418 cases were registered (19 cases per 100,000 inhabitants) and 50% were in people born abroad.

Experts say that tuberculosis is far from disappearing because research, diagnostics and treatment aren’t moving as quickly as they should. In order to present and debate the latest breakthroughs in the fight to eradicate this disease, the new therapeutic and prophylactic strategies and diagnostic techniques, the first International Symposium Can we eradicate TB? will be held on 27 September 2012 at Hospital Sant Joan Despí Moises Broggi.

The symposium is being organized by the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and Dr. Pere-Joan Cardona, a renowned specialist in tuberculosis research, co-inventor of the  Ruti® vaccine and founding partner of Archivel Farma.

Dr. Cardona told Biocat that “we will bring together noteworthy figures and leaders in tuberculosis to present their latest contributions and to discuss whether or not we can eradicate TB with the tools currently available.” Thus, the event will feature experts and scientists from the Pasteur Institute in Paris, King's College of London, Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, Perinatal HIV Research Unit of South Africa, and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, among others.

The symposium is geared towards researchers, scientists, physicians and other professionals that study and manage tuberculosis around the world.

Date: 27 September 2012
Venue: Hospital Sant Joan Despí Moises Broggi •  C/ Mossèn Jacint Verdaguer, 90 •  Sant Joan Despí (Barcelona)

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