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TB Notes 4, 2004

No. 4, 2004


TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) Update

The 5th semiannual meeting of the TB Epidemiologic Studies Consortium (TBESC) was convened in Atlanta, Georgia, April 28-29, 2004, at the Westin Peachtree Plaza Hotel. The goals of the meeting were to discuss the impact of the limited DTBE budget on the TBESC, provide updates on progress with TBESC research activities and committees, enhance participants’ budgetary, fiscal, and research skills, and provide an opportunity for TBESC members to meet in smaller groups to discuss individual research projects.

More than 95 persons attended. Presentations were given on the following topics:

  • Updates on task orders #1-14
  • DTBE funding and implications for TBESC
  • TBESC Performance Standards Workgroup update
  • Task order evaluation process
  • Westat update
  • TBESC‘s Data Management and Communications System
  • Diagnostic Workgroup update
  • APHL report regarding genotyping
  • Interviewing for epidemiologic research
  • Updates from 5 TBESC committees
  • TBTC update

Participants also spent a portion of their time in small group/breakout sessions discussing the following topics:

  • TB diagnostics
  • Process evaluation issues
  • Fiscal issues
  • Task orders

Our next steps include addressing TBESC’s budget deficit while ensuring that the consortium’s science remains intact, continuing ongoing research projects, rolling out the pilot version of TBESC’s Data Management and Communications System, moving forward with Phases II and III of Task Order #13, awarding Task Order #15, “Enhancing TB Programs’ Capacity for Self-Evaluation: Testing New Tools and Developing an Evaluation Toolkit,” and coordinating IRB activities.

The 6th semiannual meeting was held in Atlanta, Georgia, November 18 and 19, 2004, on CDC’s campus. Details regarding the meeting are forthcoming.

—Reported by Viva Combs, MPH
Division of TB Elimination


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