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TBnet Newsletter September 2022

TBnet meetings for epidemiologists and data scientists – coming!

Berit Lange, TBnet chair for epidemiology, opens a regular virtual meeting for epidemiologists and data scientists in TBnet. This is meant mainly to:

  • to discuss ideas for re-analyses of TBnet datasets and (individual patient data) meta-analyses across TBnet studies.

  • to develop an infrastructure for analysis of the TBnet datasets mentioned above (similar to something that Berit`s team developed for seroprevalence studies during the pandemic). Check the link:


TBnet Circle platform – kick-off

The new TBnet Circle platform was presented @the TBnet Annual meeting by Olena Rzhepishevska, TBnet vice-chair and Hape Grobbel, TBnet website admin. The platform is meant as a virtual meeting place and the contact point for the TBnet members. Until now, TBnet members had no such meeting place – digitalization during pandemics provided us with the new online tools.

TB Circle is suitable for:

  • sharing & discussing clinical cases;

  • making new contacts with TBnet colleagues in your field;

  • designing & developing TBnet projects.

Ilaria Motta and colleagues (Simone Tunesi and Ohana Kirakosyan) plan to share clinical cases in Circle and, on the long run, to build a case database for reference:

Berit Lange will moderate the epidemiology discussions:

A great advantage of Circle is the “Search” function – use it and find partners by their location (country/city) and the area of interest /expertise e.g. TB epidemiology, translational TB research, etc. By now, TBnet Circle joins about 40 colleagues. Join them today by using the QR code and stay in touch.

For successful onboarding and use of the Circle platform make sure you:

  1. Enter your COUNTRY and TB INTEREST/EXPERTISE FIELD in the presentation/bio – this is how others can find you.

  2. In the settings, activate notifications so you receive a mail or a message in the Circle app when a new interesting post or comment appears.

  3. Subscribe to the group of your interest e. g. Epidemiology or Clinical group to get updates that match your TB interests.

  4. Check what colleagues have already written there – give them some feedback – a comment or suggestion.

  5. Share your own cases or papers you find interesting.

  6. Gather a TB gang for a TBnet study.

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