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Research Projects

Thirty Two research projects (Task Orders) are currently ongoing, all at different stages of development.

Tuberculosis Epidemiologic Studies Consortium Research Projects
Task Order Task Order Title Principal Investigator Number of Sites Status
1 TBES Consortium: Core Requirements   21 Ongoing
2 Prospective Evaluation of Immunogenetic and Immunologic Markers for Susceptibility to Tuberculosis Infection and Progression from M. Tuberculosisinfection to active TB Mary Reichler
Tim Sterling
9 Ongoing
3 Zero Tolerance for Pediatric TB Mark Lobato 3 Completed
4 Models for Incorporating HIV Counseling, Testing, and Referral into Tuberculosis Contact Investigations Suzanne Marks 1 Completed
5 Prevalence of Latent TB Infection Among High Risk Populations in the United States Rachel Albalak 3 Completed
6 Regional Capacity-Building in Low-Incidence Areas Paul Tribble 1 Completed
7 Use of Network Analysis Methods to Characterize M. tuberculosis Transmission Patterns Among Women and Other High-Risk Populations Peter McElroy
Maureen Wilce
3 Completed
8 An Analysis of Molecular Epidemiology of Multi-Drug Resistant M. tuberculosisin the United States Edward Graviss
Patrick Moonan
Jenny Flood
17 Ongoing
9 Missed Opportunities for TB Prevention in Foreign-Born Population in the United States and Canada Dolly Katz
Randall Reves
Amy Davidow
20 Ongoing
10 New Model for Assessing TB Surveillance and Action Performance and Cost Scott McNabb 2 Completed
11 Addressing TB Among African Americans in the Southeast: Identifying and Overcoming Barriers to Treatment Adherence for Latent TB Infection and TB Disease Wanda Walton
Rachel Royce
1 Ongoing
12 Assessing the TB Knowledge, Attitudes, Beliefs, and Practices Among Private Providers Serving Foreign-born Populations at Risk for TB Wanda Walton
Jenny Pang
1 Ongoing
13 Factors Associated with Acceptance of, Adherence to and Toxicity From Treatment for Latent TB Infection and Pilot Study of Treatment for Latent TB Infection Effectiveness Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara
Stefan Goldberg
Paul Colson,
Yael Hirsch-Moverman
20 Ongoing
14 Culturally Appropriate TB Educational Materials for Leaders and Staff of Hispanic Service Organizations Wanda Walton 1 Completed
15 Enhancing TB Programs’ Capacity for Self-Evaluation: Testing New Tools and Developing an Evaluation Toolkit Maureen Wilce 3 Completed
16Alt* African Refugee Women’s Health Improvement Project Sue Etkind
Jennifer Cochran
1 Completed
17OF** Evaluation of the TK Medium: A New Rapid Solid Culture System for Tuberculosis Rick O'Brien
Rachel Albalak
Tom Shinnick
3 Cancelled
18 Evaluation of New Interferon-y Release Assays in the Diagnosis of Latent TB Infection in Health Care Workers Denise Garrett
Charles Daley
Susan Dorman
4 Ongoing
19  Effectiveness of Quantiferon- TB Gold (QFT-G) in contact tracing Lauren Lambert
Sharon Welbel
2 Ongoing
20 Assessing QFT as an initial screening tool for U.S. bound applicants for immigration and feasibility of follow-up in U.S. immigrants
Randall Reves
John Painter
Lilia Manangan 
1 Ongoing
21 Acquired Rifamycin-resistant TB among HIV infected patients Jesse Wing - Ongoing
22 Assessing the Integration of Social Network Analysis into Tuberculosis Contact Investigation Practice Maryam Haddad 1 Cancelled
23 National Study of Determinants of Early Diagnosis, Prevention, and Treatment of TB in the African-American Community Rachel Royce
Dolly Katz 
7 Ongoing
24 Perceptions of TB among the Karen-Burmese: An Ethnographic Study Robin Shrestha-Kuwahara 1 Completed
25 Tuberculosis Mortality in the United States: Epidemiology and Prevention Opportunities

Suzanne Beavers
Jenny Flood

12 Ongoing
26 Improving the Utilization and Integration of TB Genotyping into Routine TB Program Practice: Analyzing the Impact Through Public Health Interventions

Roque Miramontes
Wendy Cronin

3 Ongoing
27 Use of Nucleic Acid Amplification Test to Determine the Relative Infectiousness of Pulmonary TB Patients Suzanne Marks 4 Ongoing
28 Treatment Practices, Outcomes and Cost of Multidrug-resistant (MDR TB) and Extensively Drug Resistant Tuberculosis (XDR TB) in the United States Suzanne Marks
Lori Armstrong
3 Ongoing
29 Improving testing for TB and LTBI for Persons with HIV Infection at HRSA-funded HIV/AIDS Clinics Suzanne Marks 2 Ongoing
30 Quantifying the riskĀ  of premature death in TB survivors

Suzanne Beavers
Thad Miller
Jenny Pang

3 Ongoing
31 Evaluation of Interferon Gamma Release Assays in Overseas Immigration Examination of Children in Moderate- and High-burden Countries Denise Garrett
John Painter
Drew Posey
Randall Reves
Dom: 1
Intl: 3
32 The Current Cost of TB within urban United States Jenny Pang
Thad Miller
Dolly Katz
5 Ongoing
*Alternate Track Task Order: Local initiative not reviewed and monitored by Research Committee
**Outside Funding Task Order: Project funded from outside of CDC Division of TB Elimination. Reviewed and monitored by Research Committee The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
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