The Union Secretariat

The Union - North America

21st Annual Conference of The Union - North America Region  
February 22 - 25, 2017


This year's conference in Vancouver, BC, Canada will bring together colleagues from around the Western Hemisphere to learn and share the latest clinical, scientific, and programmatic topics on tuberculosis. The agenda includes various symposia on host-pathogen interactions, drug-resistant TB, TB in migrants as well as in remote and indigenous communities, TB and innovative technologies, and program delivery.

We are also offering three pre-meeting postgraduate courses: laboratory and diagnostic methods, MDRTB treatment in high-resource settings, and new TB treatment guidelines.

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Registration Rates

$500.00 Physician/PhD (Member)
$600.00 Physician/PhD (Non-Member)

$450.00 Nurse/Allied Health Professional (Member)
$550.00 Nurse/Allied Health Professional (Non-Member)

$300.00 Students/Fellows/Retirees

$250.00 Single-Day Rate (Feb 23/24/25)
$175.00 Feb 22 Only

*Please note, rates are in US dollars.

Post-Graduate Courses

We are pleased to offer three post-graduate courses on February 22, 2017. Participation in any of the following courses is included with the conference registration. Post-graduate only registration is also available at a one-day rate of $175.00 USD.

1) RTMCC Course (12:00pm-3:00pm)  - Optimizing Outcomes of Drug-Resistant Tuberculosis in High-Resource, Low-Incidence Settings

This 3-hour training will provide an overview of the medical management and case management of drug-resistant tuberculosis including a discussion of diagnostics, treatment options, special situations, and a panel discussion with clinical and programmatic perspectives on the use of the short course MDR regimen in high-resource, low-incidence settings.

Course Outline

2) Basic Science and Laboratory (12:00pm-3:00pm) - The Impact of Laboratory Advances on Clinical and Public Health Practice

This course will provide the latest information about issues with interferon gamma release assays, the growing burden of pulmonary nontuberculous mycobacterial disease and a new tool for drug resistant tuberculosis genetic determinants. In addition, 1 or 2 TB cases will highlight the importance of a systems approach in the care of drug-resistant TB patients.

Course Outline

3) WHO/ATS TB Treatment Guideline (3:00pm-6:00pm)

  • TB Laboratory Diagnostics LPA FLD/SLD
  • ATS/CDC/IDSA Treatment of TB Guidelines
  • Drug Resistant TB Guidelines
  • Ethics: Ethical Issues in the Implementation of the WHO's End TB Strategy

Course Outline 

Hotel Reservation

The Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre Hotel (the conference location) has reached its capacity to accommodate guests for the nights of February 21 and 22. Should you require accommodations for these nights, we have secured Century Plaza as our overflow hotel.

Room block at the conference rate of $149.00 CAD/night is still available at the Sheraton Vancouver for your accommodation needs between February 23-27. We request your support by booking within our reserved block to help fulfill contractual obligation with our host hotel. As a thank you, guests who book at the Sheraton Vancouver (after having stayed at the overflow hotel between Feb 21-22) will receive a $25 gift card. Present your booking confirmation for both hotels at the conference registration desk to claim your gift card. 

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phone: 604.331.1000

Group rate of $149.00 CAD/night valid until February 3, 2017. Subject to availability.
Click here to reserve your room.

Overflow Hotel
Century Plaza Hotel
1015 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Phone: 604.687.0575

Century Plaza Hotel is conveniently located across the street from Sheraton Vancouver.

Group rate starting at $149.00 CAD/night valid until February 5, 2017. Subject to availability.
Click here to reserve your room. 

New Mentoring Program

When registering for the conference, all junior attendees (those with less than 10 years of professional TB experience) can choose to be matched with a senior mentor who will meet with them during the conference to offer professional guidance. Travel grant recipients will be given first priority for participation in this program.

Exhibit and Sponsorship Opportunities

The Union-NAR offers various exhibit and sponsorship opportunities during the conference. This would be an excellent time for you to showcase your products and to engage significant thought-leaders and decision-makers in TB in North America.  We would be happy to work with you to develop a plan that meets your corporate objectives. Find out more information about exhibit and sponsorship opportunities.

NAR Charter

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