Alexander Sloutsky, PhD, director of the Massachusetts Supranational TB Reference Laboratory (MSRL), will be recognized on Thursday, March 24, by the Medical Advisory Committee for the Elimination of Tuberculosis (MACET) as a local recipient of a TB Hero Award from the New England Tuberculosis Consortium. March 24 is World TB Day 2011 and MACET will be conducting an information session for legislators from 11 a.m. to noon at the Massachusetts State House.
Dr. Sloutsky, who is also an assistant professor of medicine at UMass Medical School, is one of several individuals being recognized for receiving awards for their contributions to the fight against tuberculosis. Sloutsky received his TB Hero award in September for his leadership in tuberculosis diagnostics. (See related UMassMedNow story.)
MACET is a volunteer panel of physicians and other tuberculosis experts that advises the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on tuberculosis prevention and control. In addition to honoring those who have made extraordinary contributions toward TB control, MACET’s program for legislators will include comments from Public Health Committee Chairman Jeffrey Sanchez and DPH Commissioner John Auerbach.
World TB Day is an annual event held on March 24; it commemorates the date in 1882 when Dr. Robert Koch announced his discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the bacteria that causes tuberculosis. The theme for this year’s World TB Day in the United States is “Eliminating TB: Together We Can!”
Sloutsky receives TB Hero Award