Arrest TB

Arrest TB plans to deliver low-cost, portable and easy-to-use tests for TB presence and drug-resistance.

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On the 28th of October,  members of the ARREST TB project used a game of Tuberculosis Tag developed for the Explorathon events at Heriot-Watt by Dr Helen Bridle to educate science enthusiasts of all ages on the threat of multi-drug resistance tuberculosis, how it spreads and how it comes about.  People of all ages discovered the importance of improving diagnostic technology in tackling this problem.

ARREST TB members, led by Dr Helen Bridle will be hosting an event for Explorathon 2019 at the Lyell Centre on the Heriot-Watt University campus on the 28th of September 2019. The event is free but attendees are encouraged to book tickets in advance for one of our exciting 30 minute games, where children will be encourage to see if they can outrun a tuberculosis infection, what medicine is needed to beat the bugs and why it is important to take all your medicine so that the bugs can continue to be beaten. Further details about this event and other events on the Heriot-Watt campus can be found here. Explorathon is part of the European Researchers Night, an annual event funded by the European Union that is dedicated to bringing science closer to the public. Events will be organised throughout Europe between the 26th to the 28th of September 2019 to showcase the impact of research on our daily lives and inspire young people to embark on careers in science, technology, engineering and maths.

Edinburgh played host to the latest meeting of the ARREST TB project. Attendees from research institutes, universities, and companies across Europe, Russia, and India presented their work over two days, with significant progress demonstrated by all. The next meeting is expected to be held in January in Russia.

Two members of the ARREST-TB consortium, the University of Edinburgh, School of Chemistry and the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis (NIRT), India, along with other leading Indian and UK institutes held a workshop titled "Multi-disciplinary workshop – Achieving rapid, accurate and affordable diagnosis of tuberculosis and drug-resistant tuberculosis in minimally resourced settings"  in Chennai, India between June 3rd to 6th. The workshop was supported by a Researcher Links grant under the Newton Bhabha Fund. The grant is funded by the UK Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Royal Society of Chemistry and delivered by the British Council. The workshop was attended by 40 delegates from the UK and India, including experts and young researchers from varied disciplines, such as Chemistry, Microbiology, Clinical TB, Mycobacterial Chemistry, Optical Physics, Immunology and Engineering engaged in collaborative thinking to develop practical solutions for TB diagnosis. Tuberculosis (TB) is a global health threat and India is one of the most affected countries with close to 3 million cases and 500,000 deaths per year (Source: WHO TB burden estimates and country-reported TB data). However, the lack of affordable and rapid diagnostics is a huge barrier in ensuring accurate diagnosis and limiting TB propagation. The workshop brought together day-to-day practitioners, users of TB/drug-resistant

The members of the ARREST TB project came together for their biannual team meeting to share their progress and plan for the following six months. The meeting was hosted by the National Institute for Research in Tuberculosis in Chennai, India on the 9th and 10th of June. Robust discussions were held over two days, covering all work packages, with the project on track to deliver the various diagnostic technologies for clinical evaluation, which will begin in the second year of the project.