International Conferences on Tuberculosis

Dr. Robert Koch, For his discovery of the tuberculosis bacterium he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1905. London TB Congress 1901 with Dr. Robert Koch Int. Congress of TB Medal, Paris 1905 Int. Congress of TB Medal (back), Paris 1905 Int. Congress of TB Medal, Washington 1908 Int. Congress of TB Medal (back), Washington 1908 The first Conference of the International Union Against TB (IAUT) was held in 1920, Paris Int. Conference on Tuberculosis medal, 1930 Oslo 1969 International TB Conference, New York 1973 International TB Conference, Tokyo Dr. Dean Schraufnagel, MD - Professor in the Departments of Medicine and Pathology at the University of Illinois at Chicago

The first International Gathering on TB was held in 1867, fifteen years before the TB bacteria was discovered by German Dr. Robert Koch. Other early TB gatherings include The International Congress on Tuberculosis held five times between 1899 and 1912. 

The International Union against TB traces its origins to these early conventions of experts from around the world.

The first Conference of the International Union Against TB (IAUT) was held in 1920, Paris, where the IUAT was formed by 31 national TB associations; and the work continues today.

In 2020, an estimated 10 million people fell ill and 1.4 million died worldwide, and TB is present in all countries and age groups.

The Christmas Seal & Charity Stamp Society's own Governor and Director at Large, Dr. Dean Schraufnagel, MD, is past board member of both the IUAT (now called the International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease IUATLD), and the American Lung Association.