Historic Saranac Lake and the Trudeau Institute
present “The continuing TB global epidemic” with Dr. Ian Orme
Saranac Lake, NY — Historic Saranac Lake and the Trudeau Institute invite the public to a lecture on “The continuing TB global epidemic,” presented by Dr. Ian Orme on August 27 at 7:00 p.m. in the John Black Room of the Saranac Laboratory Museum.
Dr. Orme is Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Pathology at Colorado State University and one of just twelve CSU faculty members to currently hold the title of University Distinguished Professor. An internationally known tuberculosis researcher, with more than 300 publications on the topic, Dr. Orme became involved in the field while training as a postdoctoral fellow at the Trudeau Institute from 1981 to 1986.
Tuberculosis has long shaped Saranac Lake’s identity, beginning with the pioneering medical and scientific work of Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau and continuing today in the Trudeau Institute laboratory of Dr. Andrea Cooper.
Although the advent of effective antibiotic treatments in the 1950s spelled the end of the “TB era” in Saranac Lake, the disease is far from eradicated. Tuberculosis remains an epidemic in much of the world, causing the deaths of several million people each year, mostly in developing countries.
According to the Stop TB Partnership, nine million people become ill with tuberculosis and more than 1.5 million people die from the disease every year. TB causes the equivalent in lives lost of 15 jetliner crashes in single day.
The Saranac Laboratory Museum is located at 89 Church Street in Saranac Lake. Dr. Orme’s talk is free of charge and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Built in 1894, the Saranac Laboratory was the first lab built in the U.S. for the research of tuberculosis. Historic Saranac Lake painstakingly restored the building and opened it as a museum in 2009 with exhibits on scientific research and patient care. Founded in 1980, Historic Saranac Lake is a not-for-profit architectural preservation organization that captures and presents local history from their center at the Saranac Laboratory Museum.
The Trudeau Institute is a nonprofit biomedical research center founded in 1884 by Dr. E.L. Trudeau. The Institute’s fundamental research on immunity fosters the development of vaccines, treatments and cures for many life-threatening diseases, including cancer, tuberculosis and influenza.