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2008 Annual TB Conference: “I Can Stop TB”

In commemoration of World TB Day, the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, Bureau of Tuberculosis Control hosted the 2008 Annual TB Conference "I Can Stop TB" held at the Graduate Center, CUNY in midtown. The conference was well attended by more than 200 medical providers, infection control practitioners and community leaders.

This year's conference discussed the impact of immigration on tuberculosis from a historical perspective, recent developments in the use of the QuantiFERON TB-Gold test, anti-TB drugs currently in development and the current gaps in TB research and development. In addition, the conference addressed the ongoing challenges of TB transmission within a particular community and discussed new clinical policies and procedures for infection control practices and the diagnosis and treatment of active TB disease and latent TB infection.

Conference Presentations

Welcome Remarks

Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH
American University

TB and Immigration: An American Historical Perennial Alan Kraut, PhD
NYC Health Department 
Moving Forward with the QuantiFERON-TB Gold Test Luca Richeldi, MD, PhD
University of Modena & Reggio Emilia 
Promising New TB Drugs in Development 

Neil W. Schluger, MD
Columbia University

Filling the Gaps in TB Research and Development  Bob Huff, MFA 
Treatment Action Group 
Breaking the Chain of Community TB Transmission: Challenges in TB Control in 2007 Sonal S. Munsiff, MD
NYC Health Department
Current Clinical Policies for TB Control: Overview & Treatment Diana Nilsen, MD
NYC Health Department
Current Clinical Policies for TB Control: Infection Control and Latent TB Infection  Felicia Dworkin, MD
NYC Health Department
Closing Remarks Lee B. Reichman, MD, MPH NYC Global TB Institute 

Conference Materials


World TB Day 2008
World Tuberculosis Day, held annually on 24 March, commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch presented his discovery of the TB bacillus to a group of doctors in Berlin.

The theme for World TB Day 2008 is "I Am Stopping TB” and it challenges people all over the world to do their part to fight tuberculosis. On 24 March 2008, people from all over the globe will be taking part in the World TB Day campaign and the Health Department encourages you to join us in this effort by planning events in your community. For more information on the 2008 World TB Day theme, and to access upcoming campaign planning information and resources visit the World TB Day section of the Stop TB Partnership or CDC website: or

2nd Annual Community TB Forum
In the spirit of the World Health Organization's 2008 World TB Day theme, “I Am Stopping TB,” the Coalition for a TB-Free NYC held its second Community TB Forum on March 24, 2008 at the New York State Department of Health. The event was moderated by Bill Bower, Coalition member and Director of Education & Training at the Charles P. Felton National TB Center at Harlem Hospital and drew more than 60 community leaders, physicians and other health care professionals, program directors, case managers, outreach workers, researchers and news reporters. They represented over 40 agencies and media groups dedicated to diverse immigrant concerns, people living with HIV, organizations working for homeless communities, public and private health care centers, and city and state agencies.

The goals of the Forum were to increase awareness about the burden of TB in NYC and develop strategies for community based organizations to address TB through community education, policy advocacy, and support for increased program and research funding for TB. For more information please see the complete Community TB Forum Report. (PDF)


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