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27.03.15 - The Swiss Foundation for Tuberculosis Research has given their annual SwissTB award to Giulia Manina and Jan Rybniker at the Global Health Institute, homed at the EPFL School of Life Sciences.

The Swiss Foundation for Tuberculosis Research SwissTB is a non-profit organization founded in 2001. Its aim is to support and advance research on tuberculosis in Switzerland, and to promote collaboration and information exchange between different research groups based in the country. Part of its support is represented with the SwissTB Award, which is given out every year.

The 2015 award, to the amount of CHF 10,000, is being shared between two scientists from the Global Health Institute: Dr Giulia Manina, a postdoc with Professor John McKinney’s lab, and Dr Jan Rybniker, a postdoc with Professor Stweart Cole’s lab.

Giulia Manina works on the different ways tuberculosis bacteria act on the immune system of the carrier and on medication. Jan Rybniker explores the role and possibilities of antivirulence drugs as an alternative control of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis bacteria.

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