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No. 1, 2011

LABORATORY BRANCH UPDATE

Organizational Name Change for DTBE’s Laboratory Branch

The Mycobacteriology Laboratory Branch of the Division of Tuberculosis Elimination (DTBE) has changed its name to the Laboratory Branch (LB).

The change has been adopted to reflect the mission of the branch to comprehensively support DTBE, and parallels the transfer of laboratory services for the identification of nontuberculous mycobacteria to CDC’s Clinical and Environmental Microbiology Branch of the Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion. This was described in TB Notes No. 4, 2009. Further, the new name is in alignment with the other laboratory branches in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, none of which designate target diseases (see http://www.cdc.gov/tb/about/orgchart.htm).

The mission of the newly renamed Laboratory Branch will remain the same: the branch is dedicated to the elimination of TB by conducting applied public health laboratory research, by providing laboratory services to support TB control and surveillance, and by directly supporting U.S. public health laboratories to increase their capacity to combat TB. All policies, activities, projects, and pursuits remain unchanged, and all personnel will continue in their endeavors.

We welcome this name change to more accurately reflect the important, vital role that the branch plays in furthering the mission and the goals of DTBE, in partnership with state and local laboratories in our national network.

—Submitted by Frances Tyrrell
Div of TB Elimination

 

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