World TB Day annually raises awareness about the infectious lung disease tuberculosis, which kills some 1.5 million people each year, mainly in developing countries. The global event marks Dr. Robert Koch’s discovery of Mycobacterium tuberculosis as the cause of TB on March 24, 1882. Koch was a German physician known as the founder of modern bacteriology; he won a Nobel Prize for his work.
Read more and watch a video from World TB Day 2019 at CSU.
High school students across Colorado are immersed in the science of microbiology and its application to infectious disease. Students gain an inside look at modern efforts to control TB through hands-on activities with investigators at Colorado State University's Mycobacterial Research Laboratories. The day is especially interesting for students who want to pursue college studies in health, medicine, and STEM fields.
– Activities and presentations are led by CSU researchers, clinicians, and public-health officials who work on TB in
humans and natural animal hosts.
– Mock BSL-3 experience – practice wearing the personal protective equipment required for work in a Biosafety Level 3 laboratory, such as those at CSU.
– Use microscopes to view samples of lung tissue, gaining an understanding of how tissue appears as infection progresses.
– Learn laboratory techniques to identify bacterial proteins and nucleic acids.
– Use tests now under development to diagnose TB with urine and blood samples from infected individuals.
– Analyze data to understand molecular interactions between a host and bacilli.
– Tour CSU's Research Innovation Center – a hub for developing new technologies to diagnose and treat infectious diseases.
Early registration is encouraged! Student registration is limited to 80 high school sophomores and juniors. If the registration limit is met, please email the organizer to be placed on a waiting list.
If you are a teacher, parent, or chaperone and would like to attend the event with your students/child, please click the teacher registration button below. Download the World TB Day 2020 parent/guardian consent and release form here.
9 - 9:30 a.m. Registration
9:40 - 10 a.m. Welcome and WTBD introduction
10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Group lab activities
12:30 - 12:50 p.m. Lunch
12:50 - 1:30 p.m. Keynote speaker
Dr. Nicole Kruh-Garcia
Research Innovation Center
3185-A Rampart Road
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colo.
Note: Safety is a top priority. Participants will not be exposed to materials that could cause infection.