World TB Day, which falls on March 24th each year, is designed to raise public awareness about the devastating health, social and economic consequences of tuberculosis (TB) and to step up efforts to end the global TB epidemic.

The theme of this year — “Wanted: Leaders for a TB-free world” — focuses on building commitment to end TB at all levels from politicians and community leaders, to people affected with TB, civil society advocates, health workers, researchers, doctors or nurses, NGOs and other partners. All can be leaders of efforts to end TB in their own work or terrain.

Dr. Marcel Behr

Dr. Marcel Behr


Read: Wanted: The Next Generation of Leaders for a TB-free world

By Dr. Marcel Behr, Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program, Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre, Director of the McGill International TB Centre


At the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC) and the Research Institute of the MUHC, our leaders continuously unite efforts to end TB, here, in labs and clinics, or abroad, in the field, but always with bold ideas. The articles below highlight their most recent ideas and work in the field.

Dr. Divangahi

Dr. Maziar Divangahi

Re-programming immune cells to fight tuberculosis

Canadian researchers’ innovative work promises to make vaccines more effective against tuberculosis and other infectious diseases like the flu

Dr. Madhukar Pai

Dr. Madhukar Pai 

Scientists with bold ideas making bog impact

Dr. Madhukar Pai and his team awarded Grand Challenges Canada distinction for research tackling TB in children in West Africa

Dr. Swartzman

Dr. Kevin Schwartzman

New MUHC study calls for targeted screening of high-risk healthcare workers for tuberculosis

Current strategy of annual screening in North America is expensive and ineffective

Amélie Fosso

Amélie Fosso, clinical nurse specialist 

MCI TB Clinic staff travel near and far to help patients manage tuberculosis

In 2012, when a tuberculosis outbreak plagued a small Inuit community in Nunavik, in the northern region of Quebec, Amélie Fosso, clinical nurse specialist at the outpatient Tuberculosis (TB) Clinic of the Montreal Chest Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (MCI-MUHC), immediately volunteered to be part of the Montreal team that was deployed to assist the community.