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Scientists of the Institute took part in the 3rd Asian-African Congress of Mycobacteriology

The 3rd Congress of the Asian African Society of Mycobacteriology was held on January 27-29, 2021 in an online format.

During the three days of the congress, 65 oral reports were presented on various fundamental and applied issues of modern mycobacteriology, dedicated to the causative agents of tuberculosis and mycobacteriosis, treatment, diagnosis, epidemiology, and the use of modern genomic technologies. A number of reports were devoted to studies of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV2: co-infection of tuberculosis and Covid-19, the effectiveness of BCG vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 infection, and the negative impact of the global Covid-19 pandemic on tuberculosis control programs.

The conference was attended by scientists, doctors, graduate students from Asia and Africa, as well as from Europe, North and South America.

Head of the laboratory of molecular epidemiology and evolutionary genetics Dr Igor Mokrousov co-chaired the session on the molecular basis of resistance to new antibiotics and made an oral presentation “Mycobacterium tuberculosis resistance to novel anti-tuberculosis drugs in Russia: insight from whole genome sequencing of consecutive isolates”. Within the same session, senior researcher of the same laboratory Dr Anna Vyazovaya made a presentation "Screening of compounds containing aminobutanol and camphane moieties against Mycobacterium tuberculosis clinical isolates of different genotypes", which presented the results of a joint Russian-Bulgarian study carried out with the support of the Russian Science Foundation (grant 19-15-00028).

The abstracts are published in the International Journal of Mycobacteriology and are freely available: https://www.ijmyco.org/currentissue.asp?sabs=n

Program of the congress: see PDF file.

Note. The Asian African Society of Mycobacteriology was established in 2011, and the previous congresses of the society were held in 2015 and 2017. The third congress was postponed to 2021 and was held in a virtual format due to the global Covid-19 pandemic. The advisory board of the society includes leading experts from Asia, Africa and Europe.

The International Journal of Mycobacteriology has been published since 2011 (until 2016 by Elsevier, from 2017 by Wolters Kluwer). The journal is included in the Pubmed and ESCI Web of Science databases. Dr Igor Mokrousov is a member of the editorial board of the journal.

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