The TB Centre

The TB Centre at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine is a unique collaborative academic centre, representing the largest collection of researchers working on TB in Europe.

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Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture 2019

This lecture series is organised in honour of the life and work of Stephen Lawn. Steve was Professor of Infectious Diseases and Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and an active member of the TB Centre and worked closely with the Desmond Tutu HIV Centre at the University of Cape Town (UCT), where he was based from 2005 to 2012. He died in September 2016, and this third annual memorial lecture will be held in Cape Town.

See the Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture 2019 event page for more information.

You can watch the 2018 lecture here.

World TB Day Symposium 2019

We are holding our symposium on Friday 22 March at The Crick Institute. Co-hosted with UCL and The Crick, we will also be linking up with University of California, San Francisco as we close the day and they open their symposium.

See our World TB Day Symposium event page for more information.

To give you a flavour of the event, you can view sessions from 2018 below:

Some of the above sessions are for internal viewing only. Please contact us on for further information.

High-level UN General Assembly Meeting on TB

In his World TB day address, Rt Hon Nick Herbert said physically writing to your constituency MP was a particularly effective way of raising issues with them. He suggested we do this to encourage Theresa May to attend the United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on Tuberculosis in New York in September.

To help with this, we’ve created a template below along with some useful information.

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The UK Academics & Professionals to End TB, who are represented by institutions across the UK, including the TB Centre, have added their voice to this call to action, by leading the UK academics call on the UK Prime Minister to prioritise the fight against TB.

TB Centre Retreat 2017 | Video out now

Thank you to everyone who came to the TB Centre retreat. We hope you found it to be engaging and informative. We have released the video from the retreat which can be found using the link below, or on the news section of our website.

Retreat video

The Stephen Lawn TB-HIV Research Leadership Prize

The Research Leadership Prize was introduced as part of the Fund, which is aimed for innovative research on tuberculosis and HIV in sub-Saharan Africa, and acknowledges young researchers conducting encouraging work focused on reducing the disease burden of TB and HIV/AIDS in Africa.

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Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture 2017

The recording from the Stephen Lawn Memorial Lecture 2017 on Monday, 13 March is now available to view. Honouring the life of our friend and colleague Stephen Lawn, who died from a brain tumour in September 2016. Help contribute towards the Steve Lawn Memorial Fund. The Fund aims to continue his legacy, inspiring a new generation of TB researchers.

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Everyday Emergency: The MSF Podcast

Doctors without Borders/MSF have launched a new podcast series that brings true stories from people on the frontline of humanitarian emergencies across the world. TB Centre has collaborated with MSF on trials using bedaquiline and pretomanid to treat drug resistant TB. The latest podcast titled 'In the darkest hour' details the difficulties in treating MDR and XDR-TB in Uzbekistan.


TB research boosted by sequenced strains

Scientists working with tuberculosis (TB) have recently been given a boost in the quest to develop better treatments for TB. They now have access to over 100 strains that have been genome sequenced, including strains resistant to the major TB drugs. The study, reported in the journal BMC Medicine, was led by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

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Ending TB: the race to control a disease in hiding

Meera Senthilingam has written an excellent feature in which the TB Centre is featured prominently. The article includes interviews with several members of the Centre and demonstrates how we are working to end the disease.

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Vaccine Design (Documentary)

BFM89.9 interviewed Dr Helen Fletcher, Director of the TB Centre at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and Dr Andrew Pollard, Director of the Oxford Vaccine Group on turberculosis vaccines.

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