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TB Drug of the Month

Close Contact is introducing a new monthly feature highlighting critical information about pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of tuberculosis.

Jerry Jean Stambaugh, PharmD, of A.G. Holley Hospital/SNTC, will share her expertise with readers about the frequently, and later in the series, some not so frequently used TB drugs.

Each month the format will be similar to the one below. Those new to TB control (and some veterans) may wish to begin a library of the monthly offerings as a handy reference tool.

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August 2009 • Vol. 4 • Issue 6
Tuberculosis Research

The Regional Training and Medical Consultation Centers (RTMCCs) have been asked to assist CDC and the Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) in disseminating information about ongoing TB research activities. This current issue of Close Contact presents an overview of both TBESC and the work of one of the sub-committees, Translating Research into Practice (TRiP).

Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium 

In September 2001, the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) established the TBESC to strengthen, focus and coordinate tuberculosis (TB) research and help the United States achieve the goal of TB elimination.

In upcoming months, Close Contact will periodically highlight TBESC research projects, those completed, as well as those in progress. Read more...

Translating Research into Practice

TRiPphotoTranslating Research into Practice (TRiP) is a work group of the TBESC. TRiP was formed in 2005 to help translate promising TBESC research into best practices models, and to disseminate those findings to TB control programs throughout the country for use at the "front line" of TB control programs.

"With limited resources available for TB control and prevention, it is essential that TBESC research studies most relevant to enhancing TB elimination be prioritized. In addition, important findings should be widely disseminated in a user-friendly format to facilitate improved public health practice and patient care. TRiP members remain committed to these goals and will continue to work diligently to bridge the gap between TBESC research and front-line TB control practice."

-Connie A. Haley, M.D. M.P.H. (Founding co-chair)

Under the direction of co-chairs Drs. Connie Haley and Jessie Wing, the initial task was to establish procedures for the review and evaluation of completed research projects, and establish relationships with critical partners such as RTMCCs, as well as established national organizations, such as the National Tuberculosis Controllers Association (NTCA) and the Advisory Council for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (ACET). Read more...

Upcoming Training Events

September 14-17, 2009
Comprehensive Clinical TB Course
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida.  More info >>

September 18, 2009
Tuberculin Skin Test Train-the-Trainer  
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

October 2, 2009
Arresting TB: Best Practices for Controlling TB in Corrections 
Little Rock, Arkansas. More info >>

October 7, 2009
National Web-Based Seminar: Why TB Drugs Fail
Chuck Peloquin, PharmD. More info >>

October 13, 2009
Special Lecture: MDR-TB and Surgical Interventions
Mike Iseman, MD. More info >>

October 13, 2009
Morbidity and Mortality Review
A.G. Holley Hospital, Lantana, Florida. More info >>

October 20, 2009
What's New in TB? You Told Us!
Biloxi, Mississippi, preceding the SE TB Controllers Meeting.
More info >>


November 4, 2009 - Save the Date!
National Web-Based Seminar: Why TB Drugs Fail Us
Jerry Jean Stambaugh, PharmD.

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