World TB Day

Wednesday, March 24, 2010 - 9:00am to Thursday, June 30, 2022 - 11:12am

For the first time, we are marking World TB Day at the University of British Columbia (WTBD-UBC)!

WTBD-UBC 2010 is designed to raise awareness about tuberculosis in the university community and in the general public. Tuberculosis (TB) remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of almost 2 million people each year. In Canada, the incidence of TB is particularly high among First Nations people. In Vancouver, TB is a growing concern in the Downtown East side (DTES).

A poster session and short seminars will be part of the day’s event in the West Atrium in the Life Science Centre at UBC. A talk by keynote speaker, P. Donald, MD from Cape Town, South Africa is also scheduled. An outreach community event will be also held in the Downtown Eastside (United Church).

See program for further information or go to the CTBR page.


Downtown East Side (DTES) events

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Time Activity Description
11:30-12:30 Tuberculosis Information session for DTES community member

Venue: First United Church, 320 E Hastings Street (DTES)

To follow lunch provided by Church

Jay Johnson, MD, BC CDC


Life Sciences Institute, UBC events

Wednesday, March 24, 2010


Time Activity Description
9am -3pm Poster Session
  • Multi-disciplinary from basic science to TB clinic
  • 9-10am: poster set-up
  • 10-12: general poster viewing
  • 12-1: poster judging
  • 2-3: poster removal
  • Venue: LSC West Atrium (UBC Campus)


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  • 5min Intro of NGDI-UBC - Kishor M. Wasan, PhD., UBC
  • Jay Johnson, MD, BC CDC - "Post Alberni outbreak: clusting and identified risk factos".
  • Jenna Capyk, MSc, CTBR - "The cholesterol degradation pathway and its role in TB pathogenesis"
  • Fawziah Marra, MD, BC CDC - "Antibiotic exposure an risk of TB".
  • Joseph Chao, MSc, CTBR - "Coordinated Expression of Dormancy Regulation in M.tuberculosis".
  • Mohsen Sadatsafavi, MD, CHEOS - "Cost effectiveness of IGGRA tests".
  • Sanitago Ramon-Gracia, PhD, CTBR - "The development of new therapies for TB treatments".

Lunch -

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  • Catered lunch for speakers, poster presenters, judges and guests.
 1-2pm  Keynote Speaker - LSC3
  • 5min Intro from TB Veterans Foundation - Jane Harding
  • Peter Donald, MD, Capetown, South Africa - "The natural history of tuberculosis and what it teaches us".
  • Poster winner announcement

Organized by:

• Centre for Tuberculosis Research (CTBR), UBC
• BC Center for Disease Control
• Centre for Health Lung
• TB Vets Foundation
• Department of Microbiology and Immunology, UBC
• Life Science Institute, UBC
• Humanities 101 Community Programme