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Tuberculosis Research Community
Welcome, I'm Miguel Mitchell, the online leader for The Synaptic Leap tuberculosis research community.
Why Tuberculosis Is Important
Tuberculosis (TB), the disease caused by Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), infects approximately two billion people. The World Health Organization estimates that about two million people die each year from TB due to the lack of and inability to afford proper health care. Overcrowding and ill-nourishment of poor people living in large cities leads to ahigh incidence of the disease due to the ease at which the infection can be transferred. This contributes to the accelerated speed at which TB spreads in underdeveloped countries. There is also an alarming increase in cases of TB caused by multidrug-resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb), due in part to inadequate drug therapy as a result of incorrectly selected medications or suboptimal drug dosing. Thus, there is a need for new drugs targeting enzymes essential to mycobacterial survival.
Join Us and Login
As a guest on The Synaptic Leap, you can browse and look all you want. You must login and create a user profile for yourself if you want to participate. Once you are logged in you may begin collaborating with other scientists world-wide and become a part of the collective intelligence trying to help improve the drugs available for schisto.
Get Involved with an Open Research Project
See current projects for a list of our active open research projects. You may learn more about these projects and learn how you can participate. Or, you may "add a child page" (see the link at the bottom) to initiate and describe your own open research project for tuberculosis.
If you're still in the brainstorming phase of starting a project, write a blog article to discuss your ideas with other scientists around the world also studying TB. Working together, we can direct the research towards the most promising ideas.
You can also help shape and direct other TB research ideas by reading and commenting on other community posts.
Keep Up To Date with The Latest TB Information
To assist you with your tuberculosis research we have pulled together a research tools page and an RSS news feeds for TB. If you know of a useful tool that we don't have on the list, login and add a comment for others to see. You can also push articles to our RSS news feeds by using the "Tuberculosis" tag on either Connotea or CiteULike.