Public Talk on TB in Cape Town

Sep 13, 2017 No Comments by

A free public talk by Professor Grant Theron on ‘The diagnosis of tuberculosis: challenging an ancient enemy with modern tools’ Grant is the recipient of the Meiring Naude Medal for 2015 and Group leader of Clinical Mycobacteriology & Epidemiology (CLIME) at Stellenbosch University.   The talk will be presented at the S A Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Auditorium, Observatory, Cape Town on 19th September 2017 at 5.10pm (the talk will be preceded by a brief AGM of the Royal Society of SA from 5pm)

Abstract: Tuberculosis, a disease that has co-evolved with humans over millennia, is the single biggest infectious cause of death in the world and the biggest cause of death in South Africa. Most TB is never detected and, until recently, the diagnosis of TB relied on outdated, slow, and inaccurate diagnostic tools. However, TB diagnostic tests are entering an era of unprecedented innovation. This talk will give a high-level overview of new approaches to diagnose TB, and describe how these tools have themselves revealed critical problems inherent in the health system.

*Directions to SAAO Auditorium : From the N2, turn off to the M57 – Liesbeek Parkway; turning in the direction of Cape Town and continue until the traffic lights with Hartleyvale (hockey and football) on your left. Turn right at traffic lights into Observatory Road, pass the River Club; the S A Astronomical Observatory is next on the left. Once through the security gates bear left following the SALT signs to the auditorium i.e. last building on the left (white with stoep & ramp). PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN FRONT OF DRIVEWAYS


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