Travelling for TB
Assistant professor, Department of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health. Age: 37
From as early as he can remember, Ted Cohen wanted to address tangible problems. Armed with a medical degree from Duke and an MPH from the University of North Carolina, he headed north to pursue a doctorate in public health. His Harvard School of Public Health mentor, Megan Murray, introduced him to the study of tuberculosis (TB), a devastating disease that has challenged research and eradication efforts for more than a century.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 1.8 million people died of TB in 2008—nearly 5,000 people per day. And antibiotic-resistant strains of the TB bacterium, which cost as much as 200 times more to treat, appear to be on the rise, especially in the developing world. Cohen focuses on strategies to banish these intractable cases of TB, and his research takes him around the world.