Research Day 2018

TB Centre Day 2018

The 6th Annual TB Centre Research Day on June 1, 2018 was a great success. The day started with trainees giving great Oral Presentations, and after a break over 150 people listened to the keynote address by President Natan Obed of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami. This is the National organization that represents Canada's 65,000 Inuit. His talk was "TB Elimination across Inuit Nunangat" and covered a lot information about the Inuit. This was followed by Award ceremony then by Wine and Cheese. 

Our Keynote speaker: Natan Obed

President and National Inuit Leader, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami

"TB Elimination across Inuit Nunangat"

Natan Obed is the President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, the national representational organization for Canada’s 65,000 Inuit. Biography.

Mr. Obed spoke about some of the challenges Inuit face:

  • Inuit have the highest rate of lung cancer in the world.
  • The rate of tuberculosis reported amongst Inuit is 277 times that of non-Indigenous Canadians.
  • Rates of Inuit infant mortality are 3 times higher than the overall rates in Canada.
  • Inuit children have the highest rate of hospital admission for lower respiratory tract infections in the world

The presentation can be viewed here:

Other media: 

Inuit leader sounds alarm about tuberculosis epidemic in the North
June 2, 2018
Later this month, Obed and other stakeholders are expected to complete a framework document outlining the actions they’ll take toward eradicating tuberculosis. By next April, communities across the North will have to submit their action plans as well. Dr. Marcel Behr, from the McGill University Health Centre, is working with Obed on the project. He says one of the keys to success will be forming true partnerships with villages instead of imposing solutions on them.

Éliminer la tuberculose chez les Inuit d'ici 2030: un objectif ambitieux
Marine Corniou
Quebec Science
1er juin 2018
C’est ce qu’a rappelé Natan Obed, président d’Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, le 1er juin 2018 lors d’une conférence organisée par l'équipe du Centre international de la tuberculose de McGill, à l’Institut de recherche du Centre universitaire de santé McGill (IR-CUSM). « C’est une crise au Canada, et pas seulement pour les Inuit. Le pays qui laisse s’installer une telle crise est-il celui dans lequel nous voulons vivre? », a-t-il demandé à un public de médecins, de chercheurs, d’étudiants et de personnes impliquées dans la lutte contre cette maladie.

Congratulations to our winners!

The Oral Presentations were divided into two categories and had great presentations: 

Marwan Ghanem (Behr) won 1st prize for a CTB (Centre for translational biology) presentation

Emily MacLean won 1st prize for a CORE (Centre for Outcomes Research and Evaluation) presentation. Emily also won the ALFA Travel Award for being the overall winner of the afternoon.

Publication Awards for a paper in 2017. These awards are co-sponsored by the McGill Global Health Programs

 Jonathan Meakins Prize for Best Paper in Clinical Research by a Graduate Student:

Zhuo Yu Wang

Wang Z, Dendukuri N, Pai M, Joseph L. Taking Costs and Diagnostic Test Accuracy into Account When Designing Prevalence Studies: An Application to Childhood Tuberculosis PrevalenceMed Decis Making.

Margaret Becklake Prize for Best Paper in Health Outcomes Research by a Graduate Student (Epidemiology, Public Health or Global Health Research):

Stephanie Law
Law S, Piatek AS, Vincent C, Oxlade O, Menzies D.
Emergence of drug resistance in patients with tuberculosis cared for by the Indian health-care system: a dynamic modelling studyLancet Public Health

Margaret Becklake Prize for Best Paper in Health Outcomes Research by a Postdoctoral Fellow (Epidemiology, Public Health or Global Health Research):

Guillaume Mullie
Mullie GA Schwartzman K, Zwerling A, N'Diaye DS. Revisiting annual screening for latent tuberculosis infection in healthcare workers: a cost-effectiveness analysisBMC Medicine

Travel award winners 2017-2018: 

·       Fall competition winners: Hannah Alsdurf (Menzies) who presented at the American College of Epidemiology Scientific Meeting; Emily MacLean, Madlen Nash and Vaidehi Nafade (Pai) who presented at the NAR Union Meeting in Chicago 

·       Spring competition winners are Nargis Khan who presented at the ATS Conference 2018 in Miami;  Monica Dallmann Sauer and Wilian Correa de Macedo for the 7th Annual Canadian Human and Statistical Genetics Meeting in Harrison Hot Springs, BC

Congratulations one and all for an excellent event and all of the fine presentations!



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