Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine

Grand Rounds

A Biomarker for Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis: Translational Science for Global Health

Einstein/Montefiore Department of Medicine Grand Rounds

Thursday, June 07, 2012

8:00 AM: Forchheimer 3rd Fl Lecture Hall Repeated @ 12:15 PM: Cherhasky Auditorium, Montefiore Medical Center

Speaker & Info

Max O'Donnell, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine (Pulmonary Medicine)
Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center

Dr. Max O'Donnell is an Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. His research interests are in tuberculosis (TB), HIV, and global health including ethical issues in global health research. Current research is centered in South Africa and involves collaboration with the Jacobs' mycobacterial genetics lab at Einstein, the KwaZulu-Natal Research Institute on TB/HIV (K-RITH), and the Centre for AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA).

Dr O'Donnell's team has published on the epidemiology of drug-resistant TB for women and health care workers in South Africa. Clinical research has included treatment outcomes for patients with XDR-TB and HIV co-infection and study of the use of later-generation fluoroquinolones, and clofazamine, a leprosy drug, for XDR-TB treatment.

Translational research includes: designing clinical studies to use the genetically-modified reporter phages to quantify response to TB treatment, and detect worsening of drug-resistance in real-time among drug-resistant TB patients on treatment.

Dr. O'Donnell completed medical and public health degrees from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston. He trained in Internal Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center and did post-doctoral training in Pulmonary/Critical Care Medicine and Clinical Research at Boston University.


After attending this activity, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the development of a biomarker for drug-resistant TB
  2. Discuss the challenges for translational science in global health and challenges for new investigators interested in this as a career path

Accreditation: Albert Einstein College of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1 credit towards the AMA Physician's Recognition Award. Each physician should claim only those credits that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Host: Department of Medicine

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