Frontier Science Collaborates with Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and Johns Hopkins on Tuberculosis Report International Coordinating Center (TB-RICC)

Frontier Science is proud to collaborate on a $20 million award from the National Institute ofAllergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). The purpose of this award is to support and coordinate research conducted on tuberculosis (TB) control and prevention through the TB-RePORT (Regional Prospective Observational Research in Tuberculosis) International (TBRI) and its networks.

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The Tuberculosis RePORT International Coordinating Center (TB-RICC), a four-way collaboration between Rutgers, Frontier Science, Vanderbilt, and Johns Hopkins, will serve as the coordinating center for the TBRI. Frontier Science will oversee the data management and quality assurance components of the TB-RICC, specifically providing central data management support,statistical expertise, and data harmonization techniques. Sue Siminski, Frontier Science Principal Investigator (PI), will serve as a member of the Leadership Group and Director of Data Quality Assurance. Soyeon Kim will serve as Senior Statistician and Alex Benns as Project Manager.

Currently, RePORT has networks in Brazil, China, India, Indonesia, South Korea, the Philippines,and South Africa, and will soon include Uganda. These networks bring together experts in TB research, including clinicians and scientists, from nations hit hardest by TB to collaborate and share information about the disease.

Since its inception in 2012, TBRI has become a leading global TB research consortium for observational and biomarker studies, encompassing 32 study sites and 13,534 participants. Its contributions have included clinical and epidemiologic studies of the interaction of TB with HIV, diabetes mellitus, and malnutrition, as well as the discovery of biomarkers for adverse treatment outcomes and risk of progression.

To learn more, visit the Report International web site.