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Public Health Dynamics Seminar Series

Assessing and Addressing the Complexity of Multidrug-resistant Tuberculosis Epidemics

Ted CohenTed Cohen, MD, MPH, DPH

Associate Professor
Division of Global Health Equity
Brigham and Women's Hospital

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 PM
109 Parran Hall

Abstract:

The emergence and spread of drug-resistant M. tuberculosis threaten effective TB control in many settings. In this talk, Cohen will highlight recent work in which they assess worldwide trends in highly drug-resistant tuberculosis and will discuss the potential importance of attending to complexity at two very different scales of resolution: 1) the diversity of M. tuberculosis infections occurring within individual hosts, and 2) the spatial heterogeneity of tuberculosis circulating in communities. He will propose that that an improved response to drug-resistant TB can arise from a better understanding of the complexity associated with this epidemic.

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