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TB Notes Newsletter

No. 3, 2005

IUATLD North American Region Meeting

Beautiful Vancouver, Canada, was the location for the 9th Annual Meeting of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease (IUATLD), North American Region (NAR), that was held February 23-26, 2005. The British Columbia Lung Association hosted the event. More than 250 attendees from around the globe were welcomed to the meeting by Dr. Amsa El Sony, President of the IUATLD, and Dr. Terry-Nan Tannebaum, President of the IUATLD-NAR. This year’s meeting was dedicated to the memory of Dr. William W. Stead, in recognition of his monumental contributions to the understanding, treatment, and prevention of TB and his mentorship of a generation of doctors, nurses, and scientists, whom he inspired by his keen observations, his clinical and epidemiological research, and his masterful teaching.

The theme of the meeting, “Challenges to TB Control,” was addressed with a thought-provoking and interesting selection of presentations, posters, and opportunities for networking, including an assembly of the Union’s Nursing and Allied Health Assembly, during which DTBE’s Maria Fraire, MPH, CHES, provided an overview and update on the Tuberculosis Education and Training Network. Session topics included Global Funding Initiatives, New Tools, Human Resources and Populations at Risk, and finally, Interactions: The Major Barrier to TB Control Globally, which featured a dynamic panel discussion moderated by Dr. Einar Heldal. Highlights of the meeting were a daylong capacity-building training course by the National Coalition for the Elimination of TB (NCET), a meeting of STOP TB Canada, and a reenactment of Dr. Robert Koch’s Nobel Prize Award.

Copies of poster abstracts or other postconference inquiries may be directed to Menn Biagtan, MD, MPH, British Columbia Lung Association, 2675 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V6H 2K2.

The IUATLD next meets October 18-25, 2005, in Paris for the 36th Union World Conference on Lung Health. The North American Region of IUATLD will meet again in February 2006 in Chicago. For more information about either of these events, please visit

—Reported by Linette McElroy
Vancouver Island Health Authority
British Columbia, Canada


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