Annual TB Conference: The Union - NAR

The Union-North America Region (NAR) is the regional arm of the International Union against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union), a global public health organization with the vision to provide health solutions to the poor. The British Columbia Lung Association (BCLA) is an organizational member of The Union and acts as the Secretariat for the region. Along with the Executive Committee, BC Lung organizes and hosts the annual conference and other activities in the region.  


25th Annual Conference of The Union-North America Region

February 25-27, 2021

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre, Vancouver, BC, Canada


We welcome the submission of abstracts for poster and oral presentations of research on all aspects of tuberculosis prevention and care, including epidemiologic, clinical, basic science, nursing, social, behavioural, psychosocial and educational studies, as well as outcomes of program initiatives. We also welcome abstracts on topics other than tuberculosis, including COVID-19 and smoking cessation. 

Abstract Submission Guideline

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Deadline extended until October 29, 2020.


We are pleased to offer travel grants to selected individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the conference without financial assistance. This is a competitive program with limited funding available. Please refer to the travel grant guideline for more information. Those who have been awarded travel grants in the past are welcome to apply, but priority will be given to first time applicants. 

Eligibility Requirements

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Deadline extended until October 29, 2020.


The Union-North America Region (NAR) Early Career Investigator Award: Established in 2019 by the North America Region Executive Committee to recognize an early career researcher for work in tuberculosis within the first five (5) years of their academic appointment or independent professional career. The monetary portion of this award is to support research activities related to TB.

Eligibility Requirements

Early Career Investigator Award Nomination

Deadline: October 30, 2020 

Lifetime Achievement Award: The Lifetime Achievement Award of The Union-NAR is the highest award given by the region. It is presented to individuals who have made an outstanding contribution in the field of Tuberculosis over an entire career. The contribution may have been in any aspect of TB, including basic science, epidemiology, public health, advocacy, patient care, education, nursing, and laboratory science. Nominees may be working in any position, organization or profession.

Lifetime Achievement Award Nomination 

Service Award: Service Award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to the field of TB. This award may be given annually. Past recipients have included administrators, educators and public health advisors, as well as nurses and physicians. 

Service Award Nomination

NAR Charter

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