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TB Notes 2, 2004

UPDATES FROM THE SURVEILLANCE, EPIDEMIOLOGY, AND OUTBREAK INVESTIGATIONS BRANCH

TBESC Update

The 4th semiannual meeting of the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) was convened November 20-22, 2003, in San Francisco, California. The goals were to inform participants of progress in TBESC research activities, discuss implications of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and a centralized institutional review board (IRB) process, elect members for the three newly established TBESC committees, establish the Diagnostics and TBESC Performance Standards Workgroups, and enhance participants’ budgetary, fiscal, and research skills.

There were over 90 attendees. CDC staff, TBESC members, and guest speakers gave presentations about proposed or ongoing task orders, administrative issues, and other activities related to TB research.  Presentations were given on the following topics:

  • Updates on Task Orders 1-14
  • TBESC Data Management System
  • Sampling Methods for Population-Based Epidemiologic Studies
  • Westat Update
  • TBESC Proposed Performance Standards
  • HIPAA Issues:  Programmatic and Research
  • Effective Task Order Planning
  • Outcome of TB Leads
  • Bylaws Update
  • Communications: eRoom and TBESC Web site
  • Research Committee Update
  • TBTC Update
  • New Committee Reports

Attendees also provided input during small group or breakout sessions addressing the following topics:

  • TB Diagnostics
  • Fiscal issues
  • Research related to current and future task orders
    New committees (External Relations, Publications and Presentations, and Process Evaluation)

The meeting was very productive. Our next steps include continuing with the research involved in the current task orders, developing a Data Management and Communications System (DMACS) for TBESC, moving forward with Phases II and III of Task Order #13, establishing the Diagnostics Workgroup, developing research concepts for TB Leads, and facilitating the coordination of IRB activities. 

April Meeting

The 5th semiannual meeting was held April 28-29, 2004, in Atlanta at the Westin Peachtree Plaza. Details regarding the meeting will be forthcoming.

— Reported by Viva Combs, MPH
Division of TB Elimination

 


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