World TB Day 2023
TB Management

World TB Day

It's easy to forget that TB kills 1.6 million people annually and that most of those deaths are preventable. But we can't let this happen any longer. That's why we’re using World TB Day to draw the world's attention to one of the deadliest diseases in human history. Together, we can make a difference in the fight against TB and help win this battle once and for all. #WeFightTB

Tuberculosis (TB) is a deadly disease, and we need to end it. That's why we brought together TB experts, advocates and fighters from around the world for our first-ever 24-hour event this World TB Day.

Are you ready to join us as #WeFightTB?

24 hours for TB

We at QIAGEN know that one of the biggest challenges for TB fighters is raising awareness about the disease. So, we wanted to do something special this year.

We embraced the World TB Day theme of The Stop TB Partnership, “Yes! We can end TB,” in our special 24-hour event, “24 hours for TB.” Even though World TB Day has passed, you can still be a part of the event. Listen to TB stories from experts, fighters and survivors, learn from each other and raise awareness about TB in our communities.

This World TB Day, QIAGEN brought together TB experts, fighters and survivors from all over the world to share their stories. Here’s the the highlights - now accessible on demand for those who couldn't make the live event.

TB in Japan with a focus on COVID-19 and TB,
biologics, JAK inhibitors and TB screening
Webinar with Dr. Tomoshige Matsumoto from Japan
QFT-based TB infection screening, TB prevention
and control in China and review of QIAGEN’s historical
events over the years
Video featuring Prof. Lei Gao from China
and TB fighters from QIAGEN
The role of Results, Australia in the fight to end TB Video featuring Negaya Chorley from Australia
How does Malaysia prevent the spread
of TB in the community?
Dr. Mohd Ihsani Bin Mahmood from
the Ministry of Health, Malaysia
The role of TB infection screening in combating TB Video featuring Dr. Erlina Burhan from Indonesia
Importance of LTBI testing in children Webinar with Prof. Eun Byungwook
from South Korea
TB scenario in the Asia Pacific, especially in Cambodia Talk by Marc Destito from QIAGEN
TB in France Webinars and talks by TB experts from France
An inside look at an IGRA testing lab: Insights into
TB infection screening from the lab
and clinical perspectives
Webinar with Doç. Dr. Ebru Evren from Turkey
Key risk groups for TB infection screening with a focus
on migration, congregate settings and clinical settings
Panel discussion with Dr. Vladyslav Nikolayevskyy,
Prof. Onn Min Kon from the UK, Prof. Giovanni Sotgiu from Italy,
Dr. Luan Vo from Vietnam and Dr. Rosa Herrera from Mexico
QFT-Plus Blood Collection Training Training session with Tina McDermott from the UK
First-hand experiences of a TB expert living
and working in TB service in Kharkiv, Ukraine
Interview with Dr. Olha S. Konstantynovska from Ukraine
TB in workplace Talk by Matt Oliver from Ending Workplace TB, UK
EULAR 2022 recommendations for TB infection
testing beyond anti-TNF alpha
Webinar with Dr. James Galloway from the UK
TB infection screening and treatment
in dialysis patients
Webinar with Prof. Onn Min Kon from the UK
TB in children Dr. Lindsey Cameron from the USA
US-specific guidelines on TB screening
for risk groups, including residents of congregate settings,
healthcare personnel and children
Panel discussion with Parth Patel, Dr. Masae Kawamura,
Dr. Blanca I. Restrepo and Dr. Lindsey Cameron from the USA
TB in Alaska: A renewed movement in public health Keynote presentation by Dr. Masae Kawamura
at the Alaska Public Health Association Health Summit
Tuberculosis + public health 3.0:
Where do we go from there?
Panel discussion with Lorne Carroll, Dr. Anne Zink,
Elizabeth Sunnyboy, Evie Achee and
Dr. Masae Kawamura at the Alaska Public
Health Association Health Summit
TB infection management in rheumatology
patients requiring biologic therapy
Webinar with Dr. Mahmood from the USA
TB cases are ticking up. Test with
speed and accuracy
Webinar with Dr. Deb Patterson Burdsall from the USA
The challenge of TB infection testing and treatment
in Alaska – the state with the highest
TB incidence rate in the USA
Video with TB experts and advocates from Alaska
The role of IGRA in TB management
across various risk groups in Latin America
Webinar with Dr. Erica Chimara from Brazil
TB diagnostics and control in high-burden
settings in Latin America
Webinar with Dr. Riccardo Alagna from QIAGEN
TB Talks: Innovation and experiences in Brazil Panel discussion with Jenny Howard,
Dr. Erica Chimara, Ricardo Arsencio
and Dr. Margareth Dalcolmo from Brazil
Status and future challenges for TB control in Mexico Panel discussion with Dr. Rosa Herrera,
Dr. Jonathan Gonzalez García,
Dr. Isaias Orozco,
Dr. Armando Guarneros,
Dr. Miriam Bobadilla
Dr. Joaquin Cervantes
and Dr. Adrian Rendón from Mexico
Are you ready to join us as #WeFightTB?
  • Prof. Lei Gao
    Prof. Gao is a professor at the Institute of Pathogen Biology at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College. He is an epidemiologist researching the pathogenesis and intervention of major infectious diseases. In recent years, his team primarily worked on developing latent tuberculosis infection preventive intervention tools and strategies suitable to Chinese conditions.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Deb Patterson Burdsall
    Deb Burdsall has worked in long-term care since 1974. After more than 40 years with a major skilled nursing provider in Illinois, Burdsall now manages Baldwin Hill Solutions, offering infection prevention solutions to other long-term care operators. Burdsall has most recently been working with Hektoen Institute and The Illinois Department of Public Health on congregate care in Illinois. She works to find evidence-based, cost-effective infection prevention strategies.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Riccardo Alagna
    MSc, MPH-IH, (Medical Affairs, QIAGEN; honorary TB lab expert, Emerging Bacterial Pathogen Unit, San Raffaele Scientific Institute, Milan)
    World TB Day Speaker - Dr Riccardo Alagna
  • Prof. Eun Byungwook
    Prof. Byungwook is a professor at the Nowon Eulji Medical Center in Korea. Eun is an expert in pediatric infectious and respiratory diseases. He conducts various studies related to latent TB infection in children as an Insurance Affairs Director of the Korean Society of Pediatric Infectious Disease and a member of the Korean Pediatrics Association.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Olha S. Konstantynovska
    Dr. Konstantynovska is Associate Professor (Infectious Diseases and Clinical Immunology) at V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. She is also a TB physician and PhD, and is the author of more than 50 scientific works, including articles, abstracts, textbooks and patents.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. James Galloway
    Dr. Galloway is Reader in Rheumatology and Deputy Head of the Centre for Rheumatic Disease, King's College, London. His research group works in the areas of pharmacovigilance, health outcomes and quality improvement in the field of rheumatology. He has been instrumental in developing the latest EULAR recommendations for the screening and prophylaxis of chronic and opportunistic infections in adults with autoimmune inflammatory rheumatic diseases.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Matt Oliver
    Matt is the Founder of Campaigns in Global Health, a UK-based organization dedicated to identifying effective ways to engage with policymakers and sharing that expertise as widely as possible. Through that, he leads Ending Workplace TB (EWTB), a coalition of fifty multinational companies dedicated to improving TB care and prevention in their workplaces, communities and supply chains.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Tomoshige Matsumoto
    Dr. Matsumoto is the Vice President of the Osaka Tuberculosis Prevention Association at the Fukujyuji Hospital in Japan. His research focuses on the areas of anti-TNF therapy for rheumatoid arthritis in patients with active tuberculosis, genome-wide analysis of multi- and extensively drug-resistant tuberculosis and leucine-rich alpha 2 glycoprotein as a new marker for the active disease of tuberculosis.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Negaya Chorley
    Negaya is the CEO of Results International, Australia, a global health advocacy organization and a Board member of both the Pacific Friends of Global Health and Habitat for Humanity, Australia. She has led a number of organizations spanning refugees, youth development and women’s rights, in addition to leading UNICEF Australia and Caritas Australia’s advocacy work.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Marc Destito
    Marc Destito, based in Geneva, Switzerland, joined QIAGEN as Vice President and Head of Global Health in July 2021, focusing on infectious diseases, TB and women's health. Previously, he helped lead the global TB program for Otsuka Pharmaceutical, focused on drug development for MDR-TB. He holds an advanced degree in Global Health Policy from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and in International Politics from Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Prof. Giovanni Sotgiu
    Prof. Sotgiu is the dean of the faculty of medicine at the University of Sassari, Italy and is honorary professor at the Queen Mary University of London, UK. He has a medical degree, two specializations in infectious diseases and in medical statistics, a PhD in “methodology of clinical trials and an executive master in management of health and social care organizations. He is fellow of the European Respiratory Society.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Lindsey Cameron
    Dr. Cameron has a clinical interest in preventing and managing pediatric TB and Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial (NTM) infections. Her most substantial research contribution was to implement a TB education, screening, evaluation and treatment program in two HISD high schools. She is part of a multidisciplinary team that collectively manages patients with NTM.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Prof. Onn Min Kon
    Prof. Kon is a respiratory physician and head of the tuberculosis service at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. He is a professor of respiratory medicine at the National Heart & Lung Institute, Imperial College London. He is chair of the UK National Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis (MDRTB) clinical advice service. He is a National Tuberculosis Oversight Group member and chairs the Joint Tuberculosis Committee.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Masae Kawamura
    Dr. Kawamura has been a TB clinician for more than 30 years and served as San Francisco’s TB Controller from 1996 to the end of 2011. Under her leadership to promote public health innovation, San Francisco became the first jurisdiction in the US to implement IGRA blood testing for TB in 2003 as part of routine screening practice and contact investigation. She remains an active domestic and international advocate, educator and speaker on TB and has coauthored and reviewed numerous TB publications.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Parth Patel
    Parth is a Medical Science Liaison supporting the Immune Response franchise in North America for QIAGEN, particularly QFT-Plus. Parth is a board-certified Physician Associate with a terminal Doctor of Medical Science degree. Prior to joining QIAGEN, he specialized in the field of medical dermatology and routinely screened patients for LTBI prior to the initiation of immunosuppressive therapy.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Blanca I. Restrepo
    Dr. Restrepo received her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas. She is currently an Associate Professor at UT Health Houston, Brownsville campus, located adjacent to the Mexican border. Here, she has set up a unique TB field and immunology research program in collaboration with Mexican colleagues. Her studies pioneered the discovery of the re-emerging importance of Type 2 diabetes as a risk factor for TB.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Luan Vo
    For the past decade, Luan has been working in TB and HIV as chairman of Friends for International TB Relief in Hanoi and finance director of a Delhi-based TB NGO, Operation ASHA. Luan has worked closely with the Vietnam National TB Control Program, supporting the implementation and evidence generation in technical areas such as active case finding, private sector engagement, social protection and prevention. He is also a board member of the International Union Against TB and Lung Disease and is consultant to the Stop TB Partnership and UKRI Innovate UK for guideline development and proposal review.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Wendy Thanassi
    Dr. Thanassi is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine. She currently runs the Veterans’ Health Administration’s Occupational Health Service in Palo Alto, California. Over the past 10 years, she championed the use of IGRAs for TB screening in healthcare workers. She is also a Clinical Associate Professor affiliate at Stanford Hospital and Medical Clinics.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Erlina Burhan
    Dr. Burhan works at the Persahabatan Central General Hospital in East Jakarta, Indonesia. She chairs the PP PDPI Infection Working Group and is head of the Friendship Hospital's COVID19 treatment team. In recent years, she has additionally worked as a member of the COVID19 Task Force Medical Specialist.
    World TB Day speaker
  • Dr. Vlad Nikolayevskyy
    Dr. Nikolayevskyy is a clinical microbiologist and molecular biologist with more than 20 years of experience in TB/HIV-related research, laboratory diagnosis, epidemiology and development and implementation projects in infectious diseases. He gained his BSc and Ph.D. qualifications in Ukraine before relocating to the UK and joining one of the leading research groups at Blizard Institute of Cell and Molecular Science, Queen Mary, the University of London. He works at QIAGEN and maintains strong links with academia, holding an Honorary Senior Research Fellow position with Imperial College, London, UK.
    World TB Day speaker
  • World TB Day speaker
    Prof. Lei Gao
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Deb Patterson Burdsall
  • World TB Day Speaker - Dr Riccardo Alagna
    Dr. Riccardo Alagna
  • World TB Day speaker
    Prof. Eun Byungwook
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Olha S. Konstantynovska
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. James Galloway
  • World TB Day speaker
    Matt Oliver
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Tomoshige Matsumoto
  • World TB Day speaker
    Negaya Chorley
  • World TB Day speaker
    Marc Destito
  • World TB Day speaker
    Prof. Giovanni Sotgiu
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Lindsey Cameron
  • World TB Day speaker
    Prof. Onn Min Kon
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Masae Kawamura
  • World TB Day speaker
    Parth Patel
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Blanca I. Restrepo
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Luan Vo
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Wendy Thanassi
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Erlina Burhan
  • World TB Day speaker
    Dr. Vlad Nikolayevskyy

Join us in raising awareness about TB. Share your TB story on social media using #WeFightTB. We’ll curate and display them on our social media wall here.