Today is world TB day.
Our colleagues at the MRC Clinical Trials Unit at University College London, including Professors Sarah Meredith and Di Gibb, who are supporters of MoreTrials, are hosting a symposium in London today on the global fight to eradicate TB. It will cover a number of the trials they are currently running to tackle pressing health issues from TB. For example, there are around half a million new cases of multiresistant TB each year. Current treatment takes around two years to complete, with only around half of those treated having a positive outcome. Fortunately, the STREAM trial is testing whether newer shorter treatments lasting 6-9 months might be more effective. You can read more details of all of the CTU’s TB trials here.
What is interesting to note is that randomised trials really started in medicine more than sixty years ago with the MRC trial of streptomycin in 1948. What disease was the trial in? TB.