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Molecular and Cellular Aspects of Tuberculosis Research in the Post Genome Era (B1)

Organizer(s) Gilla Kaplan, Stewart T. Cole, and Patrick J. Brennan
January 25—30, 2001
Sagebrush Inn & Suites • Taos, NM USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 25, 2000
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Early Registration Deadline: Nov 27, 2000

Summary of Meeting:
Tuberculosis is of epidemic proportions in vast areas of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and South and Central America. In 1997 there were 3 million deaths due to tuberculosis. This disease is the leading infectious cause of death in the world today. In the absence of any effective control, the projected number of deaths will reach 4 million by the year 2004. Drug-resistant strains are emerging, and are a major public health problem in the developing world, as well as in Europe and the U.S.A. Despite recent knowledge of mechanisms of drug activity and drug resistance, few new effective drugs have been developed. With the completion of the genome sequence for M. tuberculosis, new avenues of research are possible, including targeted drug development, identification and characterization of antigens for vaccine and diagnostic studies, and the definition of those factors which render the bacilli virulent and pathogenic. Therefore, the aims of this meeting are: to review the latest knowledge obtained from the genome sequence of M. tuberculosis; to dissect the cell biology of M. tuberculosis interaction within the host cell; to understand the molecular basis of strain differences and patterns of transmission; to explore mechanisms of pathogenesis and protective immunity; to understand how the immune response may be manipulated to enhance the host defense against TB. The exchange of knowledge among epidemiologists, cell biologists, immunologists, biochemists, microbial geneticists, and biotechnology scientists will define the direction of new therapies, diagnostics and vaccines.

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