Published: 27-04-2018 09:53 | Updated: 27-04-2018 10:15

Seminar held to launch a new Centre for Tuberculosis Research at KI

On the 23rd of March, a new Centre for Tuberculosis Research was initiated at Karolinska Institutet with a full-day seminar.

The seminar was opened by Anders Gustafsson, Dean of Research at KI, who emphasized the importance of KI’s tuberculosis (TB) research and its commitment to UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The director of the centre, Knut Lönnroth and the chair of the board, Judith Bruchfeld, highlighted the role of research in the World Health Organization’s End TB Strategy and how different departments at KI can contribute to this goal. At the seminar, all research groups involved in the centre presented their ongoing TB research projects.

“It is evident that the goal to End TB within Agenda 2030 is not going to be met, unless there is a massive increase in TB research investments globally. Joining forces across departments at KI, nationally and internationally will be essential to harness the full potential for innovation, create synergies and optimize use of available resources” says Professor Knut Lönnroth, director of the centre and group leader for the Social Medicine, Infectious diseases and Migration research group at PHS.

“Karolinska Institutet’s tuberculosis research is already well positioned and with the creation of this centre we are confident that KI’s TB research position globally will be even stronger”, says Professor Knut Lönnroth.