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  World TB Day Symposium: Countdown to 2015

KochTuberculosis (TB) is a curable infection that, by all rights, should be a disease of the past. However, despite Koch's discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) over 100 years ago, Mtb infects a third of the world's population and tragically remains the leading cause of death due to a bacterial infection, claiming the lives of nearly 1.3 million people in 2012. In 2013, the World Health Organization issued a report that highlighted both progress and delays associated with the United Nations Millennium Development Goals for TB control issued in 2001. This past March 24, in honor of World TB day, The New York Academy of Sciences sponsored a symposium in their New York City headquarters that discussed progress in reaching the 2015 goals and explored regional efforts that are generating scientific insights and driving the development of novel diagnostic, therapeutic and vaccine-related tools. Several PHRI colleagues presented research at the symposium, including Dr. G. Marcela Rodriguez, assistant professor, and Dr. Natalie Bruiners, a postdoctoral fellow, who works with Dr. Maria Gennaro, both of whom spoke. Dr. Liana Tsenova, assistant professor, and Dr. Ruchi Pandey, a postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Rodriguez, presented posters. There was also a combined photo & video display of TB in the world, entitled ’The Human face of TB”, created by the eminent photographer Misha Friedman that was sponsored by PHRI.

A history on Tuberculosis research at PHRI can be read in the following PDF document

Friedman Video
The Human Face of TB: An Unnecessary Pandemic.
Misha Friedman has been documenting the life and treatment of patients with various forms of tuberculosis, including forms non-treatable, throughout the Former Soviet Union, the United States and South Africa. Officials from health organizations say the global TB epidemic is not slowing down. Though the settings in those countries are very different, they have one thing in common – TB can devastate the lives of patients, often leaving them without hope. To view the video, click on the image or follow this link.

To view a photo series "Tuberculosis in the Former Soviet Union" by Misha Friedman, please visit http://mishafriedman.viewbook.com

The March Issue of the Lancet described Misha Friedman's work, and a PDF copy of the article can be downloaded.

Faculty Positions Infectious Diseases Research

The Public Health Research Institute (PHRI) of New Jersey Medical School - Rutgers University located in Newark, New Jersey, is recruiting a new faculty member at the middle or senior levels to join a growing group of 23 laboratories. PHRI is a leading infectious diseases research center that emphasizes basic and translational sciences. Candidates must have training and experience of the highest quality, and a NIH funded research program addressing critical questions in cell biology, immunology and molecular biology that offer novel insights into pathogenicity, as well as innovative approaches for new vaccines, therapeutics and diagnostics. The PHRI Center is housed in a state of the art research facility that has extensive core services, including nationally designated BL3 laboratory and animal facilities, X-ray facility for structural studies and applied genomics center. The PHRI Center offers a robust and highly collegial research environment, generous start-up funds, and a comprehensive benefits package. Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests and accomplishments and a list of at least three references.

Any questions or applications should be sent to: Dr. Issar Smith, Public Health Research Institute, Rutgers, New Jersey Medical School, 225 Warren Street, Newark, NJ 07103. Telephone: (973) 854-3260. Fax: (973) 854-3101. Email: smithis@njms.rutgers.edu

Please note that effective July 1, 2013, as a result of the New Jersey Medical and Health Sciences Restructuring Act, several units from the former University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) are now part of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS). For the purposes of payroll and benefits administration, the above position is a legacy UMDNJ position at Rutgers, and is eligible for benefits associated with legacy UMDNJ positions.

The PHRI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

To download a PDF copy of this employment opportunity advertisement, which appeared in the February 7, 2014, issue of Science click here

  04.15.14   ABC News: Mom Whose Child Died After Catching Chicken Pox Advocates for Vaccines
  04.12.14   WHO Update: Human infection with avian influenza A(H7N9) virus
  04.10.14   skynews.com: Ebola virus claims 110 in Africa
  03.31.14   medpagetoday.com: FDA Panel Gives Nod to New Antibiotics
  03.26.14   Fox News: CDC Director: Hospital infections down but still deadly, dangerous
  03.26.14   CDC report: Despite Progress, Three-quarters of a Million Infections Threaten Hospital Patients Each Year. To access a study refered to in the CDC report and published in the New England Journal of Medicine, visit: www.nejm.org
  03.24.14   Liberty Voice report: Bacteria Which Causes Strep Throat Lives for Long Time Outside the Body
  03.21.14   New statistics on Tuberculosis cases in New York City and Los Angeles: www.nydailynews.com, www.latimes.com, and www.wnyc.org
  03.11.14   Video Highlight: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami
  03.11.14   CDC Public Health Matters Blogs: Keeping Tabs on Deadly Diseases
  03.05.14   New York Times: Early Treatment Is Found to Clear H.I.V. in a 2nd Baby
  03.05.14   CBS News Report: New advance: Engineered immune cells seem to block HIV
  03.04.14   Both Science On-line and the New York Times report on studies on the development of a drug that protect people from infection with the AIDS virus for up to 3 months.

  03.23.14   Former PHRI faculty member Dr. Gilla Kaplan is appointed the Director of the Tuberculosis Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For Impatient Optimists, a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation publication, she authored "Unlocking TB's Mysteries", which can be read at www.impatientoptimists.org.
  03.01.14   The New York Times posted Dr. David Perlin’s Letter to the Editor in response to their recent article entitled “Coping With Infectious Disease”. Please follow this link to read the editorial. To read the original New York Times article, click here.
  02.25.14   This month's Paper Highlights features a publication from Dr. Marcela Rodriguez' group on iron acquisition in Mycobacterium tuberculosis. For details, please visit PHRI Paper Highlights
  02.07.14   Open Faculty Positions in Infectious Diseases Research at PHRI. To download a PDF copy of this employment opportunity advertisement, which appeared in the February 7, 2014, issue of Science click here



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