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March 25, 2021
Tuberculosis; a contagious, infectious disease caused by the bacterium Mycobacterium tuberculosis.
Today, TB is one of our deadliest diseases, killing over 1.5 million people a year, but how did it get to this stage?
In our latest video, we explore this very question as we look at the history of tuberculosis.
January 30, 2020
After completing her undergraduate degree at University College London, Microbiology Society Champion Sreyashi travelled to her hometown to tackle the stigma and misconceptions surrounding tuberculosis in India. Using traditional art techniques, Sreyashi has established an initiative called 'Joi Hok!' which she has been taking to schools in Kolkata.
September 5, 2019
The Journal of Medical Microbiology (JMM) is a journal published by the Microbiology Society, focused on providing a comprehensive coverage of medical, dental and veterinary microbiology and infectious diseases, including bacteriology, virology, mycology and parasitology. This month, Associate Professor Rikke Louise Meyer has selected an outstanding paper from the July issue to highlight as Editor's Choice. The paper, titled 'Application of transdermal patches with new skin test reagents for detection of latent tuberculosis' discusses a new diagnostic tool to identify patients with dormant tuberculosis.
Microbiology Editor's Choice: Why does tuberculosis infection require such a long course of antibiotics?
June 3, 2019
Each month, a manuscript published in our flagship journal Microbiology is chosen by a member of the Editorial Board. This month, the paper is titled 'Heterogeneity of ROS levels in antibiotic-exposed mycobacterial subpopulations confers differential susceptibility' and it was chosen by Dr Isabelle Martin-Verstraete.
March 22, 2019
Sunday 24 March marks World Tuberculosis Day. On this day in 1882, Robert Koch announced he had discovered the causative agent of tuberculosis (TB), which was a major development in understanding the disease and working towards finding treatment options. In this post, we discuss TB research with Professor Tanya Parrish, Editor-in-Chief of the Society's flagship journal, Microbiology, and Head of the TB Discovery Research Group at the Infectious Disease Research Institute (IDRI) in the US.
October 16, 2018
This September, the United Nations convened a high-level meeting aimed at addressing the global tuberculosis (TB) epidemic. Delegates heard from heads of state and political leaders, but one of the most powerful speakers was Nandita Venkatesan. Shortly after graduating from university in 2007, Nandita was diagnosed with TB. At the high-level meeting, she spoke of her years spent battling the disease and the devastation she felt when she lost her hearing as a side effect of the essential, lifesaving treatments she had to take.
September 26, 2018
In 19th century Europe, the Industrial Revolution brought on a new age of technological advancement. Cities saw an explosion in population growth. But with this came something more sinister - a mysterious disease which killed as many as one in four people. Factories opened and jobs in towns and cities grew in abundance. Urban populations boomed whilst living conditions deteriorated. There was little-to-no sanitation, and more and more people crammed into smaller living spaces; a perfect breeding ground for disease.