German research centre opens photo exhibit on tuberculosis

27 August 2009 -- Braunscheig, Germany -- The Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research today opened a photo exhibition in cooperation with the Stop TB Partnership. "Tuberculosis - Face to face with a worldwide threat" features photographs by Evelyn Hockstein, Jean Chung, Riccardo Venturi and Sailendra Kharel. The photographs are part of the Stop TB Partnership's "Images to Stop Tuberculosis" collection.

The exhibition, which is intended to raise awareness about tuberculosis and the people who are affected by it, will run at the research centre from 27 August to 31 October. The exhibition will then be shown from 1 November to 1 December at the House of Science Braunschweig.

The Helmholtz Centre, which employs some 600 staff from more than 40 countries and is supported by the federal government of Germany and the state of Lower Saxony, is engaged in basic research on TB -- chiefly the study of the molecular biology of Mycobacterium tuberculosis. In May, the centre ran an open-door event, with hands-on exhibits and access to TB researchers. Some 1500 residents of this historic northern city of 250 000 people visited the centre over the course of the day.