Do you like to draw or paint? Do it for tuberculosis!

illustraTB_eng (1) (1)The fuiTB Foundation has organized an art competition to raise funds for their activities  against tuberculosis. We are participating, and we’d like you to participate too!

Popular voting and 3 awards. The only thing you have to do is to draw or to paint something related to tb. Pretty easy, right? Oh, you are afraid of not having anything to draw? Do not worry! They have designed a nice website where you’d find links to lots of pictures -you will get inspired for sure!

You can access the competition website here, and there you can download a leaflet in case you’d like to share it with your friends and family!

So…don’t hesitate and PARTICIPATE! 

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Holidays! 

So that’s it! We start our seasonal leave in a bit… So we decided to celebrate! 

We will have all August someone on duty…but most of us will be resting while sunbathing. So enjoy the summer and see you all back in September!

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806 Thanks to our friends from Súria!

The first fundraising event to help us to continue our research was held on the IMG_3147past 11th June 2016 by our friends from Súria, who organized a dance party in the restaurant “Brasseria La Pobla” with a great attendance success. One of the co-organizers of the event, Joan Vendrell AKA DJ Jonny Fantom visited us yesterday in order to meet the  people in the lab at the Fundació Germans Trias i Pujol (Can Ruti Campus) and to make the donation of the fundraised amount: 806€!

From here we would like to thank again him, Joan Vendrell AKA DJ Jonny Fantom , Maria Casado (owner of the venue, La Braseria La Pobla), Miquel DJ Menfis  (1979-1994), all the women from the association “Casal de la Dona de Súria“, and to all the people who went and danced for us. To all of them, thanks again to all for your help and generous heart!

This has been the first time someone decided to fundraise for us. Would you also like to organize something and help us to raise money with it?Please send us an email (secretary.ute(at)gmail.com); we would be very happy to learn about your ideas!!

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TBEmpúries Conference- now that is ended

Now that our Conference in Empúries is ended, we would like to thank all the speakers, attendees, sponsors (ClinCapture/S4 Research, Manremyc SL, Noel Alimentaria, Doctoralia) and supporters (SEPAR, TBVI, UITB, CIBERES) involved. We are aware this type of conferences are uncommon, and at some point we were quite stressed about the idea to gather people with such different backgrounds, from all over the world: experimental animal modellers, physicians, surgeons, pathologists, vets! However, we are very happy with the result: people started talking, sharing, and new collaborations and opportunities emerged; we all learnt a lot, and discovered there still is a lot to be done in the field. And because of the relaxed environment -flipflops, the beach and the sun- we worked a lot….while we were having fun.

We also would like to stress out the fruitful TBVAC2020 WP2 meeting we had on the first day, guided by our WP leader, Pr. Frank Verreck. 

We do believe this conference was useful to plant a seed that now we want to germinate… in order to continue the work started. So let’s say this is just the beginning! (to be continued)

 

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A next step in the Host-Directed Therapies field

We are happy to announce that we are going to conduct a pilot clinical trial in the NCTLD in Tbilisi, Georgia to evaluate the potential benefit and safety of ibuprofen as coadjuvant in the treatment of XDR-TB cases. The study has been registered in the public database clinicaltrials.gov with the Identifier: NCT02781909.

Dr. Cris Vilaplana, from our Unit, is the PI of this trial, which official title is “Pilot Study to Estimate the Potential Efficacy and Safety of Using Adjunctive Ibuprofen for the Treatment of XDR Tuberculosis(NSAIDS-XDR-TB)“. The study will be conducted in collaboration with the NCTLD team coordinated by Pr. Sergo Vashakidze and Dr. Natalia Schubladze; and Pr. Neil Martinson (PHRU, SouthAfrica) will act as an independent expert.

This is another step in our research on the effect of NSAIDS on tuberculosis from the moment we showed the benefit of ibuprofen and aspirin in a murine experimental model of active TB, and allowed Dr. Vilaplana to win a Miguel Servet research contract from the Spanish Government.  We are now seeking funding to evaluate the effect of ibuprofen and aspirin in TB (DS and MDR-TB) in a bigger trial involving SouthAfrica (PHRU) and Georgia (NCTLD). With this research line, we do expect to contribute to the Host-Directed Therapies field, which have been lately suggested as a real hope for TB patients.

You can access more information on the study at clinicaltrials.gov webpage, here.

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Ready to dance for tuberculosis? / Preparats per ballar per la tuberculosi?

We are happy to announce that a very generous people have decided to organize a charity dance party, the money raised to go to our Unit. This party will be held on the Saturday 11th, June 2016 in Súria (Catalonia) at 9 pm at the Brasseria La Pobla, and will consist in dinner, a raffle and dancing the greatest ’80 and ’90 hits.

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All the members of the Experimental Tuberculosis Unit, as well as our Institution, the Germans Trias i Pujol Foundation, and the Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, we are very grateful to all the participants, and especially to the organizers of the event:

We feel very proud of this event, born as a generous gift from anonymous people. These kind of activities are extremely important for research, as help to communicate the work with transparency and at the same time, allow to engage community. We are going to celebrate the 20 years of our Unit next year (2017) and from this very moment we will like to ask you to follow  the example of Súria’s people and whatever idea you have that might help raise money for us, please do not hesitate to send us an email.

And if you feel like dancing in the 11th…..do not hesitate and come to Súria!

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Estem molt contents de que una gent molt generosa se Súria, hagi decidit organitzar un ball per a recaudar diners per la nostra Unitat. La festa tindrà lloc el dissabte 11 de Juny a la Brasseria La Pobla, de Súria, a partir de les 9 de la nit. at 9 pm, i inclourà sopar, sortejos i l’acte més esperat: el ball dels grans èxits de la música dels anys 80 i 90.

Tots els membres de la Unitat de Tuberculosi Experimental, així com la nostra institució, la Fundació Germans Trias i Pujol,i l’Hospital Universitari Germans Trias i Pujol, estem molt agraïts a tots els participants, i especialment als organitzadors de l’esdeveniment:

Ens sentim molt orgullosos d’aquest esdeveniment, nascut del regal generòs de gent anònima. Aquest tipus d’activitats són extremadament importants per la recerca, ja que ajuden a comunicar la feina que fem amb transparència i a la vegada involucren a la comunitat. L’any que ve (2017) celebrarem els 20 anys de la Unitat de Tuberculosi Experimental, i des d’aquest precís moment volem demanar-vos que si voleu seguir l’exemple de la gent de Súria, i teniu qualsevol idea per a ajudar-nos a recollir diners per la nostra causa, no dubteu en posar-vos en contacte amb nosaltres. Us estem esperant!

I si teniu ganes de ballar el dia 11……no ho dubteu i veniu a Súria!

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A new grant from the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR)

The Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (SEPAR) has granted a project leaded by Dr. Vilaplana to study the lesions from TB patients undergoing therapeutical surgery in the National Center for Tuberculosis and Lung Diseases (NCTLD) in Tbilisi, Georgia. This grant will help to fund the SH-TBL project (clinicaltrials.gov identifier: NCT02715271), which  PI is Dr. Vilaplana and is currently being conducted in collaboration with Dr. Sergo Vashakidze and Dr. Natalia Schubladze (NCTLD).

The correlation of the morphologic, microbiological, genetic and histopathological characteristics of TB lesions obtained in therapeutical surgery with the clinical forms and features of the patients will provide essential information

  1. on the role of the host in the mechanisms associated to the generation and evolution of active TB and
  2. about future diagnostic and/or prognostic biomarkers of TB disease. All this information could be used for patients stratification and/or to design new therapeutic strategies.

The project has started received finantial support from ISCIII-Subdirección General de Evaluación and Fondo-EU de Desarrollo Regional (FEDER) through Dr. Vilaplana’s contract CP13/00174 and the associated project; and the SEPAR’s grant will help to recruit more patients to the study.

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