Reflections on World TB Day 2019

Three UKAPTB member organisations joined forces on 22nd March 2019 to host a World TB Day symposium featuring talks from a wide range of tuberculosis researchers.

The symposium attracted a packed house of over 300 attendees who came to hear over 20 speakers present and discuss their work. Now in its tenth year, the symposium, co-organised by UCL, LSHTM and this year’s hosts, the Francis Crick Institute, gives the TB community an annual opportunity to catch up on the latest research, and with each other!

2019’s symposium was further enhanced by a two-hour live link-up with the University of California San Francisco, including a lively transatlantic debate. Hundreds more who couldn’t get to London or San Francisco watched the live stream online and the recordings, along with the full programme, are available via the UCL-TB website.

Earlier that week, UKAPTB members took part in a reception held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB.

UCL’s Neil Stoker was among those who managed to attend both events. Neil has written a fascinating blog which summarises key messages and his personal reflections from the APPG-TB reception and London symposium.

TB research shared with MPs on LSTM visit

In November, UKAPTB member the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine hosted a memorable visit from four Members of Parliament.

Three local MPs, Dame Louise Ellman (Liverpool Riverside), Angela Eagle (Wallasey) and Dan Carden (Liverpool Walton), were joined by All Party Parliamentary Group on Global TB co-chair Nick Herbert (Arundel and South Downs).

A full report of the visit is on the APPG’s website.  A recording of Nick Herbert’s lecture from the day is available here.

MPs visiting Liverpool institutions on 16th November to promote TB research

The co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis  and Global TB Caucus, Nick Herbert MP, and other local MPs (including Louise Ellman MP, Dan Carden MP, and Angela Eagle MP) will be visiting Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) on Friday 16th November 2018. Continue reading “MPs visiting Liverpool institutions on 16th November to promote TB research”

Join us in the Community Space at The Union 2018

UKAPTB and leading tuberculosis charity TB Alert have joined forces to host a session at the Union World Conference on Lung Health in The Hague.  The session, “What is the pathway to developing more effective collaboration between civil society and academia in applied health research?”, is free to attend and open to all, taking place at 13.15-14.15 (please note this is later than the originally published time) on Thursday, 25th October in the Community Space section of the venue. Continue reading “Join us in the Community Space at The Union 2018”

British University and Medical Leaders Call on PM to attend UN TB Meeting

Today, UK Academics and Professionals to End Tuberculosis sent a letter to the Prime Minister, which calls on her to attend the first ever United Nations High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis, in New York next month. Continue reading “British University and Medical Leaders Call on PM to attend UN TB Meeting”

Report from the interactive civil society hearing for the UN high level meeting on TB

2018 is a landmark year for TB, with the first ever United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) High-Level Meeting (HLM) on the fight against tuberculosis planned for the 26th September in New York. The HLM aims to deliver an ambitious political declaration on TB endorsed by Heads of State, that will strengthen action and investments to end TB. Continue reading “Report from the interactive civil society hearing for the UN high level meeting on TB”

MPs to Debate Ending TB in House of Commons on 7th June

Thanks to some very hard work and persuasive arguments from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Global Tuberculosis (APPG-TB), the exciting news has just been announced that up to three hours on 7th June has been set aside in the House of Commons for a debate on Ending TB. Continue reading “MPs to Debate Ending TB in House of Commons on 7th June”