The Race Is On: Faster Turnaround Times in the Diagnosis of Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis


Learn about the changing epidemiology of drug-resistant TB and the various molecular laboratory assays used to diagnose TB.

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Who should attend: 1. Healthcare professionals (doctors, pharmacists, nurses) 2. Microbiology laboratory personnel, decision makers with regard to antimicrobial prescribing, patient safety and risk management staff 3. Those working within infection prevention and control


In this webinar, Dr. Max Salfinger from the National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado will provide an overview of the TB epidemic in the United States and abroad as well as the various molecular laboratory assays used to diagnose TB. Each laboratory plays an integral role in an overarching system comprised of health care providers, the laboratory community (hospital, commercial, public health and reference laboratories) and TB control.

Key Highlights:

  1. An overview of the TB epidemic in the United States and abroad
  2. An understanding of the most important assays performed in TB research laboratories
  3. An understanding of the important role the laboratory plays in diagnosing TB

Presenter(s)

Max Salfinger - MD, Director, Mycobacteriology & Pharmacokinetics Laboratories, National Jewish Health

Max Salfinger

MD, Director, Mycobacteriology & Pharmacokinetics Laboratories, National Jewish Health

Max Salfinger, M.D. is currently the Director of the Mycobacteriology and Pharmacokinetics Laboratories at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado, and is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America (FIDSA) and the American Academy of Microbiology (FAAM). Before joining National Jewish Health, he was the Florida State Public Health Laboratory Director from 2006-2012, as well as the Acting Florida State TB Controller for his last 19 months with the Florida Department of Health. Prior to his Florida position, Dr. Salfinger was with the New York State Department of Health Wadsworth Center from 1992 to 2006.