St. Paul's Hospital
Joseph Puyat, PhD, M.Sc., MA (Psych)
Assistant Professor, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
James Johnston, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, UBC
Head of Respiratory Medicine Division, Vancouver General Hospital
Evaluation Lead, Provincial TB Services, BCCDC
Associate Member, School of Population and Public Health, UBC
Eliminating Tuberculosis: Big Data at Work
Tuberculosis (TB) remains the leading single cause of infectious disease death globally. In response to this persisting global health emergency, the World Health Organization has developed the EndTB Strategy, which aims to reduce TB incidence by 90% from 2015 levels by 2035. In the absence of new technologies (i.e. effective vaccination), latent TB infection testing and treatment in specific high risk subpopulations will remain a core component of the EndTB strategy and will be required to hasten TB elimination in low TB incidence regions. This talk will highlight big data’s potential role in TB elimination. Specifically, the speakers will discuss the progress to date of a CIHR-funded, multi-provincial (BC, Ontario, and Quebec) initiative to evaluate existing and develop new tools for estimating the risk of active TB.
Work in Progress (WiP) presentations take place at St. Paul’s Hospital on alternating Wednesdays from 12:00–1:00 PM. These seminars provide investigators with an opportunity to present ongoing research, obtain feedback from colleagues and peers, and make new connections for their projects. Talks are open, and a light lunch is served.
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