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Medical News and Perspectives
June 8, 2005

A TB Scientist Reflects on the Continuing Struggle Against a Global Threat

JAMA. 2005;293(22):2708. doi:10.1001/jama.293.22.2708

As an internationally distinguished immunologist who has spent a significant portion of his professional life researching tuberculosis (TB), Barry R. Bloom, PhD, offers a unique perspective on the public health community’s ability to control or eliminate this disease.

Bloom, dean of the faculty of public health at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, has worked with the World Health Organization (WHO) for more than 30 years and is a member of its Global Advisory Committee on Health Research. In the United States, he was associated with the Institute of Medicine’s 2000 report, Ending Neglect: The Elimination of Tuberculosis in the United States. Bloom, who in 1999 received Germany’s prestigious Robert Koch Gold Medal recognizing his TB research and his efforts to foster cooperation between scientists and health policy decision makers, continues to run a laboratory researching the immune response to TB.

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