[ASC-list] Tuberculosis and anti-biotic resistance NSW event

Derek Williamson derek.williamson at unsw.edu.au
Fri May 13 00:24:36 UTC 2011

The third in our Disease Discovery evening sessions http://bit.ly/dI4EDd

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This Month: May 23, 7pm: TB - the deadly comeback
Dr Hazel Goldberg, respiratory medicine specialist, will talk about the characteristics of TB that make it one of the greatest killers of all time, how we thought we beat it the first time and how anti-biotic resistance is making it a clear and present danger in modern medicine.

6.30 Refreshments
7.00 Dr Goldberg's presentation and questions
8.00 Museum entry including an opportunity to visit the museum collection and discuss the diverse impacts of TB with Dr Goldberg and our Museum volunteers.
9.00 Close

Talk Summary
Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease of humans caused by the infectious agent, Mycobacterium tuberculosis (M Tb). It is relatively uncommon in Australia currently but it is a leading cause of death on a global scale. Because it is transmitted from human to human by air, TB control requires early diagnosis with prompt and adequate therapy for the individual and appropriate public health strategies. Past hurdles to the control of TB have included: lack of effective therapy, war and displacement, malnutrition and lack of political will or resources. More recent challenges include co-infection with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and the emergence of drug-resistant M Tb organisms.
This presentation will highlight the nature of TB, the history of TB medicine and current diagnostic, treatment and preventive strategies, including those for multidrug-resistant TB (MDRTB).
Dr Hazel Goldberg is a Consultant in Respiratory Medicine and Visiting Medical Officer, based at a number of Sydney metropolitan hospitals. She studied undergraduate Medicine at Sydney University and then post-graduate studies to become a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians and a Member of the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand. In the 1980s, she travelled and worked in clinical and research positions, in London and Miami. She has had a particular interest in Tuberculosis (TB) medicine for over 25 years, working in this field at several hospitals (Prince of Wales, St George, Royal Prince Alfred and Sydney Hospital). She is a member of State and Area TB Advisory Committees and also of the NSW Expert Panel on TB.
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Derek Williamson
Museum Manager
Museum of Human Disease
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derek.williamson at unsw.edu.au
School of Medical Sciences
Faculty of Medicine
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University of New South Wales
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