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Sunday, 02 September 2018 18:26
The Registration for the TBnet meeting 2018 is now open! Just visit and become a part of our gathering in the capital of France. As you may have noticed, this link will take you to our new TBnet website. It is a sneak preview and you can be curious about the rest.    
Saturday, 24 February 2018 23:46
The 2018 Memento Research Award for neglected diseases (donated by charitable non-governmental organizations in Germany) goes to Professor Martina Sester from Saarland University and Professor Christoph Lange from the Research Center Borstel/University of Lübeck on behalf of the Tuberculosis Network European Trialsgroup (TBNET). The international jury appreciated the scientific achievements and the commitment of the TBNET in the fight against multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) in Europe ( The Memento ceremony took place at the historical ruin of the former Rudolf Virchow Lecture Hall, Campus Charité Mitte, Berlin.
Wednesday, 13 September 2017 14:20
On 8.9.2017, the TBnet Assembly has elected Frank van Leth, Amsterdam Institute for Global Health and Development, as the new chair of the TBnet. He replaced Graham Bothamley, who recieved the new position as past-TBnet-chair.
Tuesday, 13 March 2018 00:31
American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine                                                                                                                                       Authors: Gunar Günther , Frank van Leth , Sofia Alexandru , Neus Altet , Korkut Avsar , Didi Bang , Raisa Barbuta , Graham Bothamley , Ana Ciobanu , Valeriu Crudu , Manfred Danilovits ,Martin Dedicoat , Raquel Duarte , Gina Gualano ,Heinke Kunst , Wiel de Lange , Vaira Leimane , Anne-Marie McLaughlin , Cecile Magis-Escurra , Inge Muylle ,Veronika Polcová , Cristina Popa , Rudolf Rumetshofer , Alena Skrahina , Varvara Solodovnikova , Victor Spinu ,Simon Tiberi , Piret Viiklepp , Christoph Lange, for TBNET                                                                                             Abstract                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Background: Multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) is a major burden to public health in Europe. Reported treatment success rates are around 50% or less and cure rates are even lower. Methods: We performed a prospective cohort study, analyzing management and treatment outcomes stratified by incidence of patients with MDR-TB in Europe. Treatment outcomes were compared by WHO and alternative simplified definitions. Results: 380 patients with MDR-TB were recruited and followed-up between 2010 and 2014 in 16 European countries. Patients in high-incidence countries compared with low-incidence countries were treated more frequently with standardized regimen (83.2% vs. 9.9%), had delayed treatment initiation (median 111 vs. 28 days), developed more additional drug resistance (23% vs. 5.8%), and had increased mortality (9.4% vs. 1.9%). Only 20.1% of patients using pyrazinamide had proven susceptibility to the drug. Applying WHO outcome definitions, frequency of cure (38.7% vs. 9.7%) was higher in high-incidence countries. Simplified outcome definitions that include one year of follow-up after the end of treatment showed similar frequency of relapse-free cure in low- (58.3%), intermediate- (55.8%) and high- incidence (57.1%) countries, but highest frequency of failure in high-incidence countries (24.1% vs. 14.6). Conclusions: Conventional standard MDR-TB treatment regimens resulted in a higher frequency of failure compared to individualized treatments. Overall, cure from MDR-TB is substantially more frequent than previously anticipated, and poorly reflected by WHO outcome definitions. Read more here
Monday, 05 March 2018 08:09
DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 23RD.       TBNET ACADEMY 2018 - FREE FELLOWSHIP GRANTS (May 13th to May 16th 2018 in St Petersburg, Russia)     Deadline for registration: march 23th 2018 - in order to register, download the application form below and send it to   3-Day Tuberculosis Academy especially for students, residents, fellows, doctoral students and post-docs (up to 3 years post exam). A forum for young clinicians and researchers in the field of tuberculosis to exchange ideas and to learn from each other under expert guidance and mentorship.   The program includes: Keynote lectures on: TBNET: TB research in Europe, Pediatric tuberculosis, Antibiotic resistance, Mind the gap, NTM infections Reviews (provided by participants) on: TB epidemiology, TB prevention, TB diagnostics, TB treatment Special features: Clinical pearls (provided by participants), Year in review, Career planning, Teaching ward round, Visit to the TB laboratory, Action against TB
Monday, 21 August 2017 15:05
TBnet is coordinating a project funded by the German Ministry of Health (BMG), aiming to strengthen the cooperation with Armenia in the fight against tuberculosis.
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 06:01
Dear TBnet members, the annual TBnet meeting, 2018 will take place in Paris, September 14th Venue (not 100% sure yet): Amphithéâtre Buffon, Université Paris Diderot, 15 Rue Hélène Brion, 75013 Paris
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 10:21
The 3-Day TB Academy in Armenia was a great succes!
Wednesday, 25 January 2017 08:14
    Registration kindly requested by email until February 20th 2017: Mrs. Cordula Ehlers TBnet office Research Center Borstel       
Thursday, 15 September 2016 07:40
The Tuberculosis Network Clinical Trialsgroup (TBnet), an international consortium of clinicians and scientists, has proposed new treatment outcome definitions for MDR-TB. TBnet documented the management of patients with MDR-TB at 23 different sites across Europe where they found that treatment outcomes according to the definitions proposed by the WHO did not correlate to sustained culture conversion and being free of relapse in the absence of therapy. Applying the novel TBnet MDR-TB outcome criteria “cure” is reached twice as often as compared to the WHO criteria in their study.
Monday, 11 January 2016 11:14
      Our 11th TBnet meeting took place on September 2nd in London, United Kingdom. Thanks a lot to our local host, Graham Bothamley! Report will follow.  
Monday, 29 September 2014 09:28
  The 3rd TBnet Academy took place in Chisinau / Moldova from May 4th to 6th 2015 Deadline for application was: February 20th 2015 Application process closed. The program can be found here. Report here.          TBnet ACADEMY 2015   FREE FELLOWSHIP GRANTS     What it is about:   3 Day Tuberculosis Academy especially for residents, fellows, doctoral students and post-docs. A forum for young clinicians and researchers in the field of tuberculosis to exchange ideas and to learn from each other under expert guidance and mentorship.   Where: Chisinau, Rep. of Moldova   When: May 03 (arrival) – May 07 (Departure) 2015     The program includes:   Keynote lectures on: Collaborative TB research in Europe Emerging tuberculosis drug-resistance Pediatric tuberculosis Non-tuberculous mycobacteria infections     Reviews (provided by participants) on: Immunology Microbiology Molecular biology Epidemiology Public Health Clinical management of TB   Special features:  How to plan a research project How to get funded How to write a manuscript How to give a winning presentation Clinical pearls Hot topics on the international research agenda     Faculty:   Sofia Alexandru (Rep. of Moldova) Victor Botnaru (Rep. of Moldova) Dumitru Chesov (Rep. of Moldova) Valeriu Crudu (Rep. of Moldova) Liliana Domente (Rep. of Moldova) Josè Dominguez (Spain) Rodica Gramma (Rep. of Moldova) Lorenzo Guglielmetti (France) Constantin Iavorschi (Rep. of Moldova) Valeriu Istrati (Rep. of Moldova) Beate Kampmann (UK) Christoph Lange (Germany) Ekatarina Norok (Rep. of Moldova) Elena Romancenco (Rep. of Moldova) Morten Ruhwald (Denmark) Doina Rusu (Rep. of Moldova) Claudia Schacht (Germany) Martina Sester (Germany) Timo Ulrichs (Germany) Valentina Vilc (Rep. of Moldova) Dirk Wagner (Germany)     Coordination committee:   Prof. Rodica Gramma (USMF, Moldova) Ass. Prof. Dumitru Chesov (USMF, Moldova) Prof. Christoph Lange (Research Center Borstel, Germany) TBnet secretariate: Mrs. Cordula Ehlers (