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What will come of Anthony Fauci’s call for a “transformative” research agenda for tuberculosis, in which doctors and scientists get new resources and support in the search for better drugs and diagnostics to combat this ancient scourge?

Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, delivered that appeal for a more aggressive approach to TB last summer, during the Pacific Health Summit meeting in Seattle on the growing threat of drug-resistant TB. The Pacific Health Summit just issued this report on that meeting, providing a fresh reminder of Fauci’s stirring remarks.

“Why don’t we have 30 new drugs for tuberculosis, a disease that we know is eminently curable?” Fauci asked in an opening speech to leaders at the summit. One reason, he suggested, is that “a transforming research effort has not been evident…we are seeing the winds of change, but what we really need is a storm.”

Part of the reason we might not get that storm is highlighted in this very interesting post on scienceline.org about low TB rates in the U.S. and how they may provide false reassurance that TB is not a real (or close) threat. That item includes a great poster from a 1920s public health campaign against TB–the kind of campaign that Dr. Robin Wood talked about during his visit to Washington last week. Click here and here to read more on that.

That blog item and the Pacific Health Summitt report come just as TB gets some needed attention on Capitol Hill, where a Congressional briefing scheduled for tomorrow will focus on “how U.S. investment in global health research has advanced” the scientific quest for more effective TB treatment strategies. Click here to get more info on that event.

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

The Pacific Health Summit ended today with expressions of frustration from both activists and global leaders in the world’s lack of progress against tuberculosis — especially controlling drug-resistant strains of TB.

Some also wished for more urgency in the discussions at the summit, titled MDR-TB: Overcoming Global Resistance.

Paula Akugizibwe of the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

Paula Akugizibwe of the AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa

The summit’s stated goal is to connect science, industry and policy, and in the two days of meetings, much emphasis was placed on building partnerships among industry and other players in the fight against TB, which kills an estimated 2 million people each year. That led to some dry sessions disconnected to the emergency of fighting MDR-TB and the more dangerous extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR-TB) in the field, activists said today.

“ We need to get serious. We are losing this battle,’’ said Paula Akugizibwe, regional treatment advocacy coordinator at AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa. (more…)

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

Mario Raviglione, director of World Health Organization's Stop TB Department

Mario Raviglione, director of World Health Organization's Stop TB Department

In the world of HIV/AIDS, a long rallying cry has been universal access for treatment.

Now it’s coming to the world of TB – and likely for other illnesses and conditions.

That was the message today from Mario Raviglione, director of the World Health Organization’s Stop TB Department at a session at the Pacific Health Summit.

“We are dealing with a big issue over universal access because it is going to come – there is international pressure,’’ Raviglione said. (more…)

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Vladimir Troitskiy, head of medical department for Russia’s Federal Penitentiary System

Vladimir Troitskiy, head of medical department for Russia’s Federal Penitentiary System

This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

Vladimir Troitskiy, head of medical department for Russia’s Federal Penitentiary System, under the Minister of Justice, told people attending the Pacific Health Summit on Wednesday that Russia was making inroads in fighting MDR-TB, but needed help. The country has 860,000 prisoners, and 42,000 have tuberculosis. Of those with TB, 7,000 have MDR-TB.

Q: How does MDR-TB rate on the list of medical issues in Russia’s prisons?

VT: It’s the first issue – the most important one for me.

Q: What kind of help do you need? (more…)

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Editor’s Note: This is another dispatch from the Pacific Health Summit, filed by Christine Lubinski, director of the Center for Global Health Policy.

Following NIAID Director Anthony Fauci’s powerful call for a transformative research agenda for tuberculosis, other presenters highlighted the challenges in wooing pharmaceutical companies, biotech firms and young researchers to the field of TB, given the paucity of resources available and the challenges for industry trying to recoup investments and make a profit for shareholders.

Some argued that a research and development focus on responding to latent TB held the promise of garnering a huge world market, including wealthy countries, with one-third of the world’s population infected with latent TB.  Others identified various potential incentives that might bring more industry involvement to the table, such as donor commitments to purchase products for poor countries and marketing exclusivity commitments.

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This live blog is from the Pacific Health Summit in Seattle, a three-day meeting that opened Tuesday night. Its focus is the global response to multidrug-resistant tuberculosis.

Anthony Fauci, the longtime director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health, told the Pacific Health Summit today that it was urgent to begin a broad new research agenda to fight tuberculosis around the world.

In an invitation-only meeting involving 250 global TB experts from 25 countries, including representatives that ranged from industry to foundations to governments, Fauci delivered a sweeping “state of the science’’ speech that built a case for a major new sustained TB research effort.

“We have had decades of relative neglect given the extent the of the problem,’’ Fauci said. “There is much catching up to do and this will require a sustained effort’’ with major funding commitments. (more…)

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