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New Developments in Our Basic Understanding of Tuberculosis
Organizer(s): Samuel M. Behar and Valerie Mizrahi
Date: January 14 - 18, 2017
Location: Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
Summary of Meeting:
As a contagious disease, tuberculosis remains endemic in many countries and among vulnerable populations. In these settings, it is a major cause of morbidity and mortality. During the past two decades, there has been a renewed effort to develop vaccines and new antibiotics. However, new discoveries that have transformed our understanding of host susceptibility, immunity and disease pathogenesis have not kept pace with the progress of clinical trials. There is a need for new approaches that can limit the impact of tuberculosis around the world. This symposium will focus on fundamental questions about the host-pathogen interaction, bringing together scientists working on the bacterium and the host in model systems, as well as those trying to address basic questions in human immunology and disease. While answering these questions may not be a prerequisite to clinical progress, an improved mechanistic understanding of the survival and subversion strategies that Mycobacterium tuberculosis employs to evade therapy and host immunity will facilitate development of better strategies to treat and prevent tuberculosis. Specifically, the goals of the meeting are to: 1) Articulate a set of priority questions and goals to guide a basic research agenda for the field; 2) Integrate successful approaches employed by leading scientists in other fields that can address knowledge gaps in immunity to tuberculosis; 3) Highlight new technical advances that make possible more sophisticated human experimental biology including defining the critical questions that need to be answered to expedite clinical advances.
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: August 16 2016
Scholarship Deadline: September 21 2016
Discounted Abstract Deadline: September 21 2016
Abstract Deadline: October 18 2016
Discounted Registration Deadline: November 15 2016
Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor(s) for generously supporting this meeting:
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
We gratefully acknowledge additional in-kind support for this conference from those foregoing speaker expense reimbursements:

EMBO Young Investigator Programme
We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Grant No. 1R13AI126784-01
Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 AI 126784 - 01 from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.
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